Dashboards suck: learning analytics' broken metaphor

I started playing around with what became learning analytics in 2007 or so. Since then every/any time “learning analytics” is mentioned in a university there’s almost an automatic mention of dashboards. So much so I was lead to tweet. @s_palm Well everyone knows that “real” LA requires a dashboard — Don Quixote Jones (@djplaner) June

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Revisiting the IRAC framework and looking for insights

The Moodlemoot’AU 2015 conference is running working groups one of which is looking at assessment analytics. In essence, trying to think about what can be done in the Moodle LMS code to enhance assessment. As it happens I’m giving a talk during the Moot titled “Four paths for learning analytics: Moving beyond a management fashion”.

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Exploring BIM + sentiment analysis – what might it say about student blog posts

The following documents some initial exploration into why, if, and how sentiment analysis might be added to the BIM module for Moodle. BIM is a tool that helps manage and mirror blog posts from individual student blogs. Sentiment analysis is an application of algorithms to identify the sentiment/emotions/polarity of a person/author through their writing and

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Reading – Embracing Big Data in Complex Educational Systems: The Learning Analytics Imperative and the Policy Challenge

The following is a summary and ad hoc thoughts on Macfadyen et al (2014). There’s much to like in the paper. But the basic premise I see in the paper is that to fix the problems of the current inappropriate teleological processes used in institutional strategic planning and policy setting is an enhanced/adaptive teleological process.

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Analysing Moodle community forum discussions about the Moodle book module

As part of the “Moodle open book” project I’m hoping to increase my knowledge of what the Moodle community has already discussed about the Book module. The following is a summary of the process I’m using to analyse those discussions. Not finished, but the story so far. Just over 2400 posts extracted from Moodle community

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The four paths for implementing learning analytics and enhancing the quality of learning and teaching

The following is a place holder for two presentations that are related. They are: “Four paths for learning analytics: Moving beyond a management fashion”; and, An extension of Beer et al (2014) (e.g. there are four paths now, rather than three) that’s been accepted to Moodlemoot’AU 2015. “The four paths for implementing learning analytics and

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