Understanding systems conditions for sustainable uptake of learning analytics

My current institution is – like most other universities – attempting to make some use of learning analytics. The following uses a model of system conditions for sustainable uptake of learning analytics from Colvin et al (2016) to think about how/if those attempts might be enhanced. This is done by summarising the model; explaining how

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Adding a custom library and a semi-real application – Indicators notebook(s)

So the indicators notebooks/platform is on github. The one and only bit of analysis is almost completely useless and still requires a fair bit of set up code. The aims in this post are Add in a custom library for connecting to the data source. Add an indicator/notebook that does something kind of useful. Hopefully,

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Jupyter notebook indicators platform: Baby step #1 – Finding an ORM

The last post documented early explorations of Jupyter notebooks ending with a simple query of a Moodle database. This post takes the first baby steps toward some sort of indicators platform using Jupyter notebooks, Python and github. The focus here is to find some form of ORM or other form of database independent layer. Problem:

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How we are rethinking L&T grants, awards and professional learning

The team I work with have been tasked to rethink how our institution does teaching awards, grants, and professional learning opportunities. i.e. the funding our institution provides to teaching focused staff in recognition of quality work (awards), to develop a good idea (grants), or learn something new (professional learning opportunities). Since I’m strange, we’re using

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Communication and professional learning for teaching at Universities

One of the significant challenges I’ll be facing in the new position are around how to help the institution effectively engage teaching academics in relevant communication/professional learning that will help them. One of the immediate challenges from this task is identifying examples of good practice that have attempted to unify communication and professional learning for

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