Software engineering for computational science : past, present, future

Following is a summary of Johanson and Hasselbring (2018) and an exploration of what, if anything, it might suggest for learning design and learning analytics. Johanson and Hasselbring (2018) explore why scientists whom have been developing software to do science (computational science) haven’t been using principles and practices from software engineering to develop this software.

Continue reading Software engineering for computational science : past, present, future

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

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

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,

Continue reading Improving teacher awareness, action and reflection on learner activity

Nudging up MyOpinion response rates using a gamified leaderboard

The following information is taken from and adds to the contents of a poster by Alice Brown and I for a USQ L&T Celebration Event. It describes the need for a Student Evaluation of Teaching leaderboard, how it works, and the results of some early applications (12 to 15% increases in response rates in individual

Continue reading Nudging up MyOpinion response rates using a gamified leaderboard

Breaking BAD to bridge the e-learning reality/rhetoric chasm

@damoclarky and I got a bit lucky. Our ASCILITE paper has been accepted with revisions. Apparently the first reviewer hated the “theoretical construct” we were using to make our argument. The following is what we originally wrote, sharing it here to hopefully spark some critique and improvement (and also not to entirely waste the writing

Continue reading Breaking BAD to bridge the e-learning reality/rhetoric chasm

Bringing the LMS into the network – Experiment # 1 – Activity completion

The following is the first step in an attempt to modify the Moodle Activity Viewer (or at least a local instance). I’d like a modified version of MAV to allow me to find out how students are progressing with activity completion. Rather than use clicks (as MAV does currently) to track student usage, use activity

Continue reading Bringing the LMS into the network – Experiment # 1 – Activity completion

From thinking to tinkering: The grassroots of strategic information systems

What follows is a long overdue summary of Ciborra (1992). I think it will have a lot of insight for how universities implement e-learning. The abstract for Ciborra (1992) is When building a Strategic Information. System (SIS), it may not be economically sound for a firm to be an innovator through the strategic deployment of

Continue reading From thinking to tinkering: The grassroots of strategic information systems

css.php