TAM, #moodle, online assignment submission and strategic implementation

The following is an attempt to expand upon a mention in the last post about exploring one set of thoughts about why/how we might extend/reuse/build upon some prior research using TAM (Technology Acceptance Model) and its application to understanding the use (or not) of Online Assignment Submission and Management (OASM) in higher education. In summary, In 2005, we published a […]

#moodle, blogs, Moodle blogs and #bim

BIM is a Moodle activity module that I developed and use. BIM evolved from an earlier system called Blog Aggregation Management (BAM). BIM’s acronym is BAM Into Moodle. As the name suggests, BIM is essentially a port of all of BAM’s functionality into Moodle. Both BAM and BIM are designed to help with the task of managing students in a […]

The IRAC framework: Locating the performance zone for learning analytics #ascilite

The following is a draft version of the presentation I’ll be giving at ASCILITE tomorrow. Hopefully this will go close to fitting within the 12 minute time frame. Other resources The paper on which this presentation is based is available. As is @cfellows insightful and interesting annotated response (an accessory every #ascilite paper should come with). The slides are also […]

Reviewing the past to imagine the future of elearning #ascilite

Cathy Gunn, Reviewing the past to imagine the future of elearning The technologies that make a difference aren’t those that are hyped. Comment: But example given of access to online journals is an example of the Web – the information superhighway. Perhaps even Vannevar Bush. It was/is hyped. But it wasn’t hyped as being specific to education. 1993 – the […]

A window into lecturers' conversations #ascilite

Negin Mirriahi – A window into lecturers’ conversations: With whom are they speaking about technology and why does it matter? How can HE institutions enhance technology adoption? How can the top down initiatives be improved. How do we engage academics in using the technologies we want them to? Comment: Well choosing it for them is perhaps not a good start. […]

Using the e-learning Maturity Model to Identify Good Practice in E-Learning #ascilite

Live blogging from a talk by Stephen Marshall – Using the e-learning Maturity Model to Identify Good Practice in E-Learning Different ways of talking about quality as perfection exception – surpassing of standards functionality – degree of utility. adequate return – cost benefit. Comment: Quality as a big stick. Focus here is quality as sensemaking. Not as ranking, ordering etc. […]

Sensemaking – #ascilite

Live blogging of workshop run by Associate Professor Gregor Kennedy – early work from MM mentioning audit trail. Something that Reeves and Hedberg (2003) criticise as being hard to impossible without the students themselves explaining. Talked about as early skepticism which disappeared with the arrival of big data. Comment: But perhaps the skepticism has just been swamped by the fad. […]

Interfaces for learning data visualisations – #ascilite.

Live blogging workshop from Prof Judy Kay. A computer scientist from the user modeling, AIED background, pervasive computing. A focus on personalisation. Putting people in control – personal data. Interest in open learner models. Learning analytics seen as a form of learner/user modeling – with interfaces. How to create interfaces in LA? User-centered approaches – start with where people are, […]

Learning analytics is about learning – #ascilite

An attempt at some live blogging from #ascilite starting with the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (#a-lasi). Shirley Alexander chair of the keynote. Relating story of challenges of getting PCs adopted at Macquarie University – PCs are toy computers. The point is it’s all about the need. Mentioning a DVCs key concern is productivity. Good use of data the key. […]

The external validity problem

Via a very roundabout method I came across an editorial from the journal “Computers in the Schools” (Maddux and Johnson, 2012) titled “External Validity and Research in Information Technology in Education”. The problem? The problem is that “very few educators would argue that information technology has succeeded in bringing about a paradigm shift in instruction” (Maddux and Johnson, 2012, p. […]

Examining diffusion and sustainability of e-learning strategies thorugh weblog data

The following is a summary and some thoughts on Lam et al (2010). It’s a paper from the same authors/research from which I summarised an earlier paper. The abstract for Lam et al (2010) is The study focuses on ‘horizontal’ and ‘vertical ‘adoption of e-learning strategies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong as revealed through computer log records in […]

Approaches for literature analysis

One of the on-going research projects we have underway (really just starting up) is an analysis of the learning analytics literature. The following is an ad hoc record of a search into the literature around different approaches to literature analysis. The aim is to further inform the work. Essentially a summary of some readings. Origins in Information Systems I’m from […]

Evaluations of online learning activities based on LMS logs

The following is a summary and some thoughts on Lam et al (2012). The abstract from the chapter is Effective record-keeping, and extraction and interpretation of activity logs recorded in learning management systems (LMS), can reveal valuable iriformation to facilitate eLearning design, development and support. In universities with centralized Web-based teaching and learning systems, monitoring the logs can be accomplished […]