María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana did her doctoral studies at the GSIC-EMIC group (, receiving her PhD in Information and Communication Technologies from the University of Valladolid (UVa, Spain). In 2014, she joined the REACT group ( at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) as a Postdoctoral Fellow and, since 2016, she is a Senior Researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Educational Innovation of Tallinn University (Estonia).

Since 2008, she has been involved in various educational research projects at the national and international level dealing with the application of learning analytics in physical and digital spaces (LLP - PREATY, EEE-WEB), to support decision making from classroom to institutional levels (H2020 WIDESPREAD - CEITER), and to reinforce different pedagogical approaches such as collaborative (LLP-METIS, SOFOCLES, RESET) or inquiry learning (GO-LAB, IMAILE, Next-Lab, GO-GA).

Main tasks

Currently, María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana is involved in the CEITER ( project at Tallinn University, and collaborates with EPFL in the framework of the Next-Lab ( and GO-GA European projects, as well as with the University of Valladolid in the context of the SmartLET project (

She is (co)supervising the PhD thesis of Maka Eradze, Shashi Kant Shankar, Pankaj Chejara, Anu Tammeleht, Liyanachchi Mahesha Harshani De Silva, and Romil Rõbtšenkov, as well as working as a consultant for the PhDs of Merike Saar and Gerti Pishtari.

Regarding teaching, she has been involved in Master and Doctoral courses at Tallinn University, including: Research Methods (IFI7308.DT, Human-Computer Interaction Master program, Spring 2019, 6 ECTs) Research Methods in Evidence-based Development in Education (KAM7506.HR, Digital Learning Games Master program, Spring 2019, 6 ECTs) Educational Technology and Learning Analytics (KAM7507.HR, Educational Innovation and Leadership Master programme, Autumn 2018 & Spring 2019) Research Trends in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Knowledge Management (DTI8006.DT, Information Society Technologies Doctoral program, Autumn 2018 & 2019, 4 ECTs) PhD Thesis Seminar (KAD8064.HR, Educational Sciences Doctoral program, Autumn 2016-Spring 2017, 4 ECTs) Seminar on Research Ethics for PhD students (Transversal subject for Doctoral programs, Spring 2019, 3 ECTs).

Areas of research

Her research lines combine areas such as learning design and learning analytics in ubiquitous learning environments, with special emphasis on pedagogical approaches such as collaborative and inquiry-based learning. Currently, she is investigating the challenges and strategies towards the adoption of learning analytics in authentic scenarios (at classroom, institutional and community levels), including aspects such as ethics and privacy, visualisations and data literacy, pedagogically-grounded analytics and algorithmic accountability.