Learning Analytics

James Ballard
Learning Analytics
This is my blog for the #LAK12 course and forms part of the personal learning environment I am experimenting with at the moment. [HTML] [XML] Last Updated: 2012-02-07T22:20:43+00:00

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What are Learning Analytics? (#LAK12)
James Ballard, Learning Analytics, Feb 15, 2012
The use of "academic" or "learning" analytics seems interchangeable in some articles. The below table gives an idea of their differences (Siemens and Long) Type of AnalyticsLevel or Object of AnalysisWho Benefits Learning Analytics Course-level: social networks, conceptual development, discourse analysis, "intelligent curriculum" Learners, faculty Departmental: predictive modelling, patterns of success/failure Learners, faculty Academic Analytics Institutional: learner profiles, ... [Comment]

Academic Analytics and the Completion Agenda (#LAK12)
James Ballard, Learning Analytics, Feb 15, 2012
In a survey of the use of academic analytics Goldstein (2005) finds that the level of satisfaction with academic analytics increases as the complexity of the technology platform increases, which seems to suggest this offsets the 50% higher investment such technologies require to implement. The survey also reveals that central finance, central admissions and institutional research are the most likely users with department head and staff, deans and their staff and central human resources least ... [Comment]

Educational Data Mining (#LAK12)
James Ballard, Learning Analytics, Feb 15, 2012
Baker and Yacef (2009) provide a brief introduction to the state of Educational Data Mining (EDM). In their view educational data is recognised to be different from other data sets due to multi-level hierarchy and non-independence and EDM is a rapidly growing research field. Originally emerging from exploration of student-computer interactions the spectrum of activities is quite diverse. The following taxonomy is presented as a summary of key activities in the field. Prediction ... [Comment]

Perceptions of Tools - #LAK12 Case Studies
James Ballard, Learning Analytics, Feb 15, 2012
Been watching some interesting case studies of learning analytics the Signals project at Purdue and Check My Activity at UMBC and thinking about parallels with some projects I am working on. When discussing the impact for learners at Purdue, John Campbell mentioned that the traffic lights led students to perceive that their tutors were there to support them more. This is similar to a conversation I had at University of Greenwich about the experience of a self service tutorial ... [Comment]


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