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From EdFutures "There is a burgeoning use of analytics in institutions with a range of different audiences and purposes across the educational system. However, careful thought needs to be given as to what the purpose of analytics is; in other words what organisational business objectives are the analytics being applied to which could be a specific issue of concern or a broader strategic aim. Possibilities include: for individual learners to reflect on their achievements and patterns of behaviour in relation to others; as predictors of students requiring extra support and attention;# to help teachers and support staff plan supporting interventions with individuals and groups; for functional groups such as course team seeking to improve current courses or develop new curriculum offerings; and for institutional administrators taking decisions on matters such as marketing and recruitment or efficiency an effectiveness measures.
KMi Podium, Level 4, Berrill Building, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK [ map ] 1.25-4.30pm BST, Thursday 25 October 2012 [ convert times ] #StormSLA twitter archive , question archive , and visualization (thanks Martin Hawksey ) This hybrid face-to-face/webinar is part of SoLAR Storm — the new virtual research lab convened by the Society for Learning Analytics Research , to build research capacity in this new field by networking PhD researchers with each other and the wider community.
Key Findings See the 2012 report for a full list key messages, findings, and supporting data. Blended-learning environments are the norm; students say that these environments best support how they learn. Students want to access academic progress information and course material via their mobile devices, and institutions deliver. Technology training and skill development for students is more important than new, more, or "better" technology. Students use social networks for interacting with friends more than for academic communication.
Annika Wolff is a Research Associate and Zdenek Zdrahal is a Senior Research Fellow at the Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University. Key Takeaways Without the feedback from face-to-face interactions, lecturers using virtual learning environments may find it difficult to identify and focus on students who are struggling in class . The Open University uses data from its virtual learning environment to pinpoint students who have an increased risk of dropping out of a class, as well as to study class structure and content with the goal of tailoring the learning experience to each student's unique profile.
Research in Learning Technology Supplement: ALT-C 2012 Conference Proceedings Alfred Essa * and Hanan Ayad Desire2Learn Inc, Kitchener, Canada (Received 12 March 2012; final version revised 13 June 2012; Published: 30 August 2012) Abstract The need to educate a competitive workforce is a global problem.
Cross-posted on Inside Higher Ed Academia.edu , a social network for scholars, is unveiling a new feature today that its founder Richard Price hopes will help address part of the “credit gap” for research. Academia.edu allows users to upload and share their research papers, and the site is launching its Analytics Dashboard for Scientists today that Price says will let scholars see the “real-time impact” of their work. Academic publishing has long been a black-box in terms of both who’s reading and who’s citing. Publishing in journals may be expected (required, even), but the delays in the publishing process can make it challenging to ascertain how much influence work has.
Headlines One of the biggest challenges to college education in the United States is the staggering number of students who don’t, in the end, earn degrees. Attrition doesn’t just mean a bunch of Americans with half-finished college careers; it also means huge sunk costs for students. Which often translate to student-loan defaults. Much of that, says Charles Thornburgh, a former senior executive at Kaplan, is preventable.
The growth of social media poses a dilemma for security and law enforcement agencies. On the one hand, social media could provide a new form of intelligence – SOCMINT – that could contribute decisively to keeping the public safe. On the other, national security is dependent on public understanding and support for the measures being taken to keep us safe. Social media challenges current conceptions about privacy, consent and personal data, and new forms of technology allow for more invisible and widespread intrusive surveillance than ever before. Furthermore, analysis of social media for intelligence purposes does not fit easily into the policy and legal frameworks that guarantee that such activity is proportionate, necessary and accountable. This paper is the first effort to examine the ethical, legal and operational challenges involved in using social media for intelligence and insight purposes.
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The Internet and Higher Education - Classroom walls that talk: Using online course activity data of successful students to raise self-awareness of underperforming peers1. Introduction 2. Methodology: UMBC's “Check My Activity” tool, a preliminary case study 3. Results
John Patrick Campbell , Purdue University Abstract For nearly six decades, researchers have been studying the issues of student persistence and retention in higher education. Despite the decades of research and projects to improve retention, overall retention figures have remained between 45% and 50%.
Learning Analytics for Learning Power Knowledge Media Institute, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK 3 year fully-funded PhD (Oct. 2012-Sept.2015), Stipend: £ 40,770 ( £13,590/year) Supervisors: Simon Buckingham Shum & Rebecca Ferguson Background Intrinsic motivation to engage in learning (whether formal/informal, or academic/workplace) is known to be a function of a learner’s dispositions towards learning. When these are fragile, learners often disengage when challenged, and are passive, lacking vital personal qualities such as resilience, curiosity and creativity needed to thrive in today’s complex world.
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In 2011 is bij het platform Onderwijs bij SURFfoundation een verkenning naar het thema Learning Analytics gestart. Learning Analytics is gebaseerd op de analyse van automatisch gegenereerde gegevens van het online gedrag van student en docent binnen een digitale omgeving, zoals een ELO of DLWO. De analyse van deze gegevens kan inzicht verschaffen in studiegedrag, de kwaliteit van het onderwijsmateriaal, het gebruik van de digitale leer- en werkomgeving, kwaliteit van toetsitems,studievoortgang, etc. Learning Analytics wordt als trend beschreven in zowel de Horizon reports van 2011 http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2011/sections/learning-analytics/ als 2012 http://www.nmc.org/news/submit-projects-horizon-report-2012-higher-ed-edition van Educause en wordt in deze publicaties beschreven als een ontwikkeling die de kwaliteit van het onderwijs kan verbeteren en studiebegeleiding op maat mogelijk kan maken. Cyclus
In times past, we’ve seen Arthur C. Clarke, the great sci-fi writer, gaze into the future and foresee our reality in a most uncanny way. Just watch him predict our digitally-connected world in 1964 , and then PC computers, e-banking and telecommuting in 1974. Now it’s time to see whether Isaac Asimov, another sci-fi legend, possessed the same powers of prescience. Above, we’re highlighting the second part of an interview taped in 1989. It features Asimov and a younger Bill Moyers talking about education and scientific progress, and it doesn’t take long for Asimov to start describing the revolution in learning we’re seeing unfold today.