Are learning analytics leading us towards a utopian or dystopian future, and what can we as practitioners do to influence this?

What follows will eventually be a summary of my contribution to a the ASCILITE’2017 panel titled Are learning analytics leading us towards a utopian or dystopian future, and what can we as practitioners do to influence this?. Below you’ll find a summary of my prediction and the argument that underpins it, suggestions for more reading,

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Teacher DIY learning analytics – implications & questions for institutional learning analytics

The following provides a collection of information and resources associated with a paper and presentation given at ALASI 2017 – the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute in Brisbane on 30 November, 2017. Below you’ll find an abstract, a recording of a version of the presentation, the presentation slides and the references. The paper examines the

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Improving teacher awareness, action and reflection on learner activity

The following post contains the content from a poster designed for the 2017 USQ Toowoomba L&T celebration event. It provides some rationale for a technology demonstrator at USQ based on the Moodle Activity Viewer. What is the problem? Learner engagement is a key to learner success. Most definitions of learner engagement include “actively participating, interacting,

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Exploring options for teacher DIY learning analytics

A few of us recently submitted a paper to ALASI’2017 that examined a “case study” of a teacher (me) engaging in a bit of DIY learning analytics. The case was used to drawing a few tentative conclusions and questions around the institutional implementation of learning analytics. The main conclusion is that teacher DIY learning analytics

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Learning, learning analytics and multiple levels: The problem of starvation

In which I play with some analytics and use some literature in an attempt to understand why the institutional implementation of learning analytics as a starvation problem (like most institutional attempts to leverage digital technologies). In this context, I’m using the definition of starvation from computer science. Multiple time scales of human behaviour and appropriate

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Learning analytics, quality indicators and meso-level practitioners

“failure” (CC BY 2.0) by tinou bao When it comes to research I’ve been a bit of failure, especially when measured against some of the more recent strategic and managerial expectations. Where are those quartile 1 journal articles? Isn’t your h-index showing a downward trajectory? The concern generated by these quantitative indicators not only motivated

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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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