Tilting at windmills?

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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Thinking about (more) reproducible research and learning analytics

There are moves afoot to revisit some of the earlier research arising from Indicators project and hopefully move beyond. To do that well we need to give some thought to updating the methods we use to analyse, share and report what we’re doing. In particular, because we’re now a cross-institutional project. The following captures some

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The teleological reason why ICTs limit choice for university learners and learning

Jones, D., & Muldoon, N. (2007). The teleological reason why ICTs limit choice for university learners and learning. In R. J. Atkinson, C. McBeath, S. K. A. Soong, & C. Cheers (Eds.), ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning. Proceedings ASCILITE Singapore 2007 (pp. 450–459). Singapore. This version is slightly modified. The descriptions in the

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L&T Orientation for new Academic staff (S1, 2017)

Yesterday I helped out with the folk running the session intended to orient new full-time teaching academics to teaching at our institution. What follows are the slides, other resources, and some initial reflections on the session. New (28 March, 2017): Results from participant evaluation now available. Three separate participants suggested a longer session, a first

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