The following is a summary and some reflections upon Clow, D. (2013). An overview of learning analytics. Teaching in Higher Education, (August), 1–13. doi:10.1080/13562517.2013.827653 A good overview of the learning analytics field as it stands. A good call to arms for teachers to engage with the fad and use it to improve learning and teaching.
It’s been an intellectually draining few days with a range of visitors to the institution talking about a range of different topics. It started on Monday with George Siemens giving a talk titled “The future of the University: Learning in distributed networks” (video and audio from the talk available here). A key point – at
Read this piece – Why CIO’s, IT and Faculty need to find common ground on technology – by David Wiley yesterday as it did the rounds. The article argues that the focus of the CIO/IT on highly reliable systems is a mismatch for the needs of innovation in learning and teaching. It brings up the
The following is a summary and some initial responses to this paper Lockyer, L., Heathcote, E., & Dawson, S. (2013). Informing Pedagogical Action: Aligning Learning Analytics With Learning Design. American Behavioral Scientist. doi:10.1177/0002764213479367 The abstract for the paper is This article considers the developing field of learning analytics and argues that to move from small-scale
In a a prior post I wondered about the “end in mind” for university analytics projects. What follows outlines why I’m skeptical of such projects. Starting about 15 years ago, most Australian Universities started spending tens of millions of dollars on Enterprise Resource Planning systems. These were systems intended to solve the information problems of
Have signed up for another MOOC – Statistics in Education for Mere Mortals – to fill a hole. What follows is the diary of the first week. According to the syllabus, I’m already a bit behind. So the instructor is doing some research around participation – one of the motivations for offering the course. Google
Learning analytics is one of the new management fashions sweeping higher education. As a consequence, every Australian University I know has some sort of project around learning analytics underway. Some of these projects are actually considering how to help the folk at the coal face – students and teaching staff – use and benefit from