Lauren Marsh

Academic Technologist
Lauren Marsh

About My Work

What I Do

I co-chair the Learning Analytics DiaLOG group, which guides the operationalization of learning analytics as educational practice at the University of Minnesota. I also chair the Learning Analytics Meet Up, focused on creating opportunities for UMN faculty, instructors, researchers, and academic support staff to explore the potential of data-driven teaching and learning support. 

As an active member of the Unizin consortium community, I collaborate with colleagues at peer institutions to develop processes for engaging faculty in accessing, interpreting, and using learning data. Finally, I’m very involved in helping to coordinate and move forward Unizin-related work at the University of Minnesota.


I received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in English; my research focused on the rise of "useful knowledge" in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. I wrote and developed educational courseware at Plato Learning for three years before returning to the University to work at the intersections of teaching and academic technology in 2003.

Presentations and Publications

Marsh, Lauren and Emily Oakes (IU). Exploring Good Practices for Using Learning Analytics with the “Review, Amend, Apply” Framework. Unizin Summit. April 16, 2020.

Lauren Marsh, Gwen Gorzelsky (CSU), and Robin Pappas (OSU).  Learning Analytics Needs Assessment: Bringing Faculty to the Table. Unizin Summit. April 16, 2020.

Marsh, Lauren and Jen Mein. "Urgent Conversations within IT." EDUCAUSE Midwest Unconference facilitator. March 20, 2013.

Brooks, D. Christopher, Lauren Marsh, and Kimerly Wilcox. Engaging Faculty as Catalysts for change: A Roadmap for Transforming Higher Education. Educause Review Online. February 26, 2013.

Cohen, Bradley, and Lauren Marsh. “Piloting Innovation through Faculty Development Programs.” ELI Online Fall Focus Session 2012.

Schaber, Patricia, Lauren Marsh, and Kimerly Wilcox. (2012). "Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Relational Learning in Occupational Therapy Professional Education." In Exploring More Signature Pedagogies, Chick, N., Haynie, A., Gurung, R., eds. Sterling, VA: Stylus Press, 188 – 202.

Brooks, D. Christopher, Lauren Marsh, Kimerly Wilcox, and Bradley Cohen. (2011). "Beyond Satisfaction: Toward an Outcomes-Based, Procedural Model of Faculty Development Program Evaluation." Journal of Faculty Development, 25(3): 5-12.

Schaber, Patricia, Kimerly Wilcox, Aimee Whiteside, Lauren Marsh, and Brooks, D.Christopher. (2010). "Designing Learning Environments to Foster Affective Learning: Comparison of Classroom to Blended Learning." International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 4(2).