Dave's Educational Blog. Learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community. The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh.
I unfortunately, due to existing travel and other commitments, am not in attendance. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. I see LA as a bricolage of skills, techniques, and academic/practitioner domains. Digital Media & Learning. Stephen's Web. Tony Bates. Danah boyd. Lisa’s. Not that long ago, there were exciting new things to try in ed tech.
It was easy to get enthusiastic about not only new products but the way the web was going, and to encourage faculty to jump in. But in the last few years, the web has gone stagnant. Certain models of development, and certain tools, have become dominant, and online teaching has become far less excitiing.