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Learning Analytics 2012 Daily Newsletter

January 31, 2012

Reminder: Live session today

Ryan S.J.d. Baker from the International Educational Data Mining Society will be joining us on Tuesday, January 31 at 1 pm mountain time (time zone conversions). The session will be held here in Blackboard Collaborate.

Facilitator Posts

To view the entire blog post, click on the title of the post, and you'll be taken to the blog post itself.

Participants' Blog Posts

This is a list of the blog posts mentioning the LAK12 keyword or tag harvested from the list of blogs submitted by participants.
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Miners or analysts: What's in a Name?
Rebecca Ferguson, Diving for Pearls
For an educator using a web-based course delivery environment, it could be beneficial to track the activities happening in the course web site and extract patterns and behaviour prompting needs to change, improve or adapt the course... For a learner using a web-based course delivery environment, it could be beneficial to receive hints from the system on what subsequent activity to perform based on similar behaviour by other 'successful' learners.This is from Zaïane (2001) – .... [Link] Tue, 31 Jan 2012 12:10:00 +0000 [Comment]

Tennis Australia Exposes Match Analytics — (From O’Reilly Radar)
davidjbean, Dave's eLearning Blog
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/287187,tennis-australia-exposes-match-analytics.aspx Served from IBM’s US-based private cloud, the updated SlamTracker web application pulls together 39 million points of data collated from all four Grand Slam tournaments over the past seven years to provide insights into a player’s style of play … Continue reading → [Link] Tue, 31 Jan 2012 11:24:22 +0000 [Comment]

#LAK12 No Shadow Databases!
Nancy, Libraries and Analytics
Respondents to the ECAR study by Goldstein said that they have not had a lot of success in reducing the presence of shadow databases. Shadow databases are "silo" information systems maintained by separate functional units in the organization (or even within the same unit) which contain the same types of information, or perform similar functions. The problem is, usually they do NOT contain the same information. Shadow databases proliferate when there is weak oversight of the institution at the .... [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:32:00 +0000 [Comment]

#LAK12 examples of 5 levels of sophistication
Nancy, Libraries and Analytics
Goldstein's Academic Analytics: The Uses of Management Information and Technology in Higher Education (2005) mentions "five levels of sophistication of use" of academic analytics. 1) transaction only: i.e. "How many students logged in to Course Y in the last 24 hours?" You would run a query on the learning management system but it would only happen on command.2) "analysis and monitoring of operational performance": An illustration of might be: "What is the trend in Mediasite (lecture .... [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:54:00 +0000 [Comment]

Analytics are here, just unevenly distributed
Steven, Steven J. Zuiker
The range and variation of digital data agendas underscore William Gibson’s observation: “the future is already here – it is just unevenly distributed.” While people and their tools have generated log files and the like for decades, a constellation of organizations and institutions are now marking their own unique inflection points through new relationships with [...] [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:49:15 +0000 [Comment]

Critical Thinking in Analytics
wkim83, Learning about Learning Analytics
In his presentation, Amazon.com’s John Rauser talks about the importance of both skepticism and curiosity in having a career as a data scientist.  I found this quite refreshing because I am a novice (to be kind) in mathematics and engineering. … Continue reading → [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:35:25 +0000 [Comment]

Being a data scientist - a revival?
Jeroen Donkers, Jeroen's Course blog Learning Analytics #LAK12
After watching the presentation of John Rauser (Amazon) at Strata New York 2011 on the topic of data scientist carreer, I came to the amazing conclusion that I am trained (amongst other things) as a data scientist!  I have a background in mathematics (bachelor at Nijmegen), but also in operations research and artificial intelligence (master at Maastricht). The program in Maastricht is called "Knowledge Engineering" - but maybe they should switch their name to "Data Science" to keep at .... [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:31:00 +0000 [Comment]

#LAK12 Google vs. your English 101 instructor
Nancy, Libraries and Analytics
LA is fundamentally ethically different from the analysis done by online vendors because of power differentials. The relationship between you and your English 101 instructor, or your institution of higher education as a whole, is much different than your relationship between you and Google or Facebook or Amazon. When online, we often operate under the assumption that our activities are occurring in our bedrooms, so to speak. We don't always consciously operate as if our online activities .... [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 18:26:00 +0000 [Comment]

New Discussion Threads

Consider commenting on participant's blog post to create a new discussion here. To view the entire discussion thread, click on the title of the post, and you'll be taken to the blog post itself. Or view the list of all discussion threads.


These are individual comments posted today to the discussion threads (for new discussion threads, see the list above).

Diigo Posts

Contributions to the LAK 12 Diigo Group.

Data Data Everywhere and Not a Drop of Value
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups


Tags: analytics, big data

by: Dana West

[Link] Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:47:51 -0000 [Comment]

IBM's new CEO sees gold in data mining | Marketplace from American Public Media
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups


Tags: business analytics, BAO, IBM and analytics

by: Dana West

[Link] Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:45:01 -0000 [Comment]

Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups


Tags: learning analytics, educational data mining

by: Dana West

[Link] Tue, 31 Jan 2012 06:44:46 -0000 [Comment]

What Are Your Plans for All That Student Data? | Inside Higher Ed
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups


Tags: learning analytics, analytics, LAK2012

by: Dana West

[Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:40:25 -0000 [Comment]

DLD Conference BREAKING: Sebastian Thrun launches Udacity.com
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups

Tags: online, learning

by: minkel

[Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:33:34 -0000 [Comment]

Pentaho Opens Up Its Big Data Tools
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups

Tags: analytics, data, tools

by: gsiemens

[Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:39:46 -0000 [Comment]

Twitter Posts

If you use the LAK12 tag on Twitter, your Twitter posts will be collected and listed here (note that harvesting only started Friday morning).

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: RT @dougclow: Just submitted final copy of my paper on the Learning Analytics Cycle to #LAK12 http://t.co/fIEzVLe3 and registered. 2012-01-31T11:26:57Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: Just submitted final copy of my paper on the Learning Analytics Cycle to #LAK12 http://t.co/fIEzVLe3 and registered. 2012-01-31T11:25:30Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: @geoffstead am intrigued by the LAK12 course Geoff who where what?? 2012-01-31T10:47:40Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: Summary to my team RE: Learning Analytics. "We must harness the tusnami of data effectively, or we'll be flotsam" #lak12 #lrnchat 2012-01-30T22:48:39Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: Looking for examples of learning analytics that serve as "visual mirrors" like Purdue's SIGNALS project #LAK12 2012-01-30T22:26:58Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: Last Fall it was AI https://t.co/Ji1zbUED I'm now trying learning analytics via a MOOC http://t.co/LGvONh0b Open learning yeah #edchatie 2012-01-30T20:46:52Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: Jeroen's Course blog Learning Analytics #LAK12: Being a data scientist - a revival? http://t.co/rhGHZH7p 2012-01-30T20:36:28Z

@evrimb (evrim baran) tweeted: IBM Institute for Business Value study shared in #lak12 reading list also exist in Turkish on IBM's website http://t.co/Dgbp9sy8 2012-01-31T05:15:19Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: #Change11 #CCK12 #LAK12 Know thyself - The essential source of change comes from within. http://t.co/KWLJAtJo via @suifaijohnmak 2012-01-31T00:12:13Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: RT @VolkmarLa: #LAK12 Learning Analytics | @scoopit http://t.co/apXLCJT2 thanks to Ana @AnaCristinaPrts 2012-01-30T11:51:04Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: Participating in #lak12 would be a hell of a lot easier if the course site saved a change properly #isThisWhatOurStudentsExperience 2012-01-30T16:29:26Z