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February 15, 2012

Recording: Dragan Gasevic

The recording from yesterday's session with Dragan Gasevic is now available:

Facilitator Posts

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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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Try a MOOC for a Change
Dana West, cognitive overdose
Signed up for the Learning and Analytics course. Over the next several weeks the course facilitators propose to provide an introduction to learning analytics and how it's being deployed in various contexts for the purpose of education and well, learning about learners.  My take on the MOOC approach is that it's not about the content you're supposed to remember or read, it's about the learning that results from the activities or interactions you engage in with others - or .... [Link] Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:49:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 3: Learning Analytics - Actionable Data in Action
Dana West, cognitive overdose
This week the readings and material are focused on implementations of cases and examples of learning analytics in action, a kind of sharing lessons learned about planning, implementation and next steps. If you are currently tasked with or exploring the responsibilities of charting and remedying student success and retention for an academic institution, this week's material should help on a more practitioner-kind of level.  On Tuesday's session, John Campbell from Purdue explained .... [Link] Wed, 08 Feb 2012 23:43:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 2: Learning Analytics - Looking Back
Dana West, cognitive overdose
I haven't changed my opinions too much about definitions after wandering about some LAK12 blogs, discussion threads and reading a few other resources from week 2. Maybe I got educational data mining wrong but I'm now thinking about how learning analytics is still a 'messy business.' Siemens and Long in Penetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education clearly explain the differences between learning and academic analytics, the former more focused on the learning .... [Link] Mon, 06 Feb 2012 21:09:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 2: Learning Analytics – What is it?
Dana West, cognitive overdose
This week the focus is on definitions and the potpourri of terms that are associated with the field of analytics in the educational space. These include: educational data mining, academic analytics, and learning analytics. As described on the course wiki, these terms are slightly different. #1 - Learning Analytics'...the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in .... [Link] Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:00:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 1: Learning Analytics Trends
Dana West, cognitive overdose
The learning analytics massive open and online course (MOOC) started last week. Lots of representation from folks in academia, public education, research organizations and corporate, all got together in Blackboard to learn how to participate in a MOOC, and also, to learn about this new discipline of making sense of, and unlocking the value of data in educational contexts. (See course syllabus to learn more.) The course is intended to be a non-technical introduction to the field, and offers .... [Link] Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:17:00 -0800 [Comment]

#change11- #CCK12 Difendere il diritto all’informazione
serenaturri, serenaturri's Blog
Ho firmato la petizione contro ACTA il bavaglio mondiale ad internet www.agoradigitale.org. Filed under: CCK12, change11, LAK12, [Link] Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:59:05 +0000 [Comment]

#change11 – #cck12 – # lak12 Alcune situazioni problematiche
serenaturri, serenaturri's Blog
In questi giorni mi sono trovata a dover gestire alcune situazioni problematiche che hanno messo a dura prova la mia pazienza e non solo. Alcune di esse sono imputabili all’azione di qualche criminale che è riuscito, nonostante gli accorgimenti messi in atto da chi scrive, a danneggiare il sistema; altre invece sono riconducibili a un [...] [Link] Sat, 04 Feb 2012 18:28:03 +0000 [Comment]

#lak12 Primo contatto
serenaturri, serenaturri's Blog
«Tendenze e contesto: perché imparare analytics? Perché proprio adesso?» rappresenta il primo argomento di Lak12, il corso Learning Analytics and Knowledge, ospitato dalla Società per l’apprendimento Analitics Research . È questa una rete interdisciplinare dei principali ricercatori internazionali che stanno esplorando il ruolo e l’impatto delle analisi sull’ insegnamento, sull’apprendimento, sulla formazione e sullo sviluppo. [...] [Link] Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:40:51 +0000 [Comment]

# Lak12 – Vantaggi e svantaggi dell’analisi dell’apprendimento
serenaturri, serenaturri's Blog
Mi propongo di tenere traccia del percorso che seguo in questo, per me nuovo corso connettivista,  perciò mi accingo a operare una sintesi di quanto ho compreso delle letture operate nello svolgersi della seconda settimana di #Lak12, in questo modo potrò contare, in vista di un elaborato conclusivo, di materiale già pronto. L’argomento è Quali [...] [Link] Mon, 06 Feb 2012 19:25:35 +0000 [Comment]

Defining Learning Analytics (2/8)
kathrinh, point:out trainings » #lak12
The course utilizes the following definition of learning analytics: “The measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs” (SoLAR: http://www.solaresearch.org/about/). Through browsing … Continue reading → [Link] Thu, 02 Feb 2012 04:32:28 +0000 [Comment]

Learning Analytics Course (1/8)
kathrinh, point:out trainings » #lak12
I have subscribed to the 8 weeks Learning Analytics 2012 online course. Personal learning objectives gaining insight into the state-of-the-art in learning analytics application of learning analytics approaches in own teaching and online tutoring The readings and talks of the … Continue reading → [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 07:06:04 +0000 [Comment]

Examples of Learning Analytics (3/8)
kathrinh, point:out trainings » #lak12
The examples and readings provided in the 3rd week of the course point out benefits of the application of learning and academic analytics. Still, I find myself hesitant to fully acknowledge the positive aspects… College level: Based on an example … Continue reading → [Link] Thu, 09 Feb 2012 04:56:04 +0000 [Comment]

LAK12 Reflections – Week One
maberdour, Open Thoughts » LAK12
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My starting point… why I’m attending Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2012 #lak12
Pedro Pernías Peco, My PhD tales
Massive Open Online Courses are one of the more interesting  things had appeared in educational world during last years. From the Stanfords AI MOOC to this one, everybody around the world is excited with the idea of make real learning from prestigious … Continue reading → [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 17:54:41 +0000 [Comment]

Why is so important to work on learning analytics? (if you care about higher education…)
Pedro Pernías Peco, My PhD tales
A carefully reading of the documentation provided by the course drivers gives you a set of reasons about why is important to make learning analytics. May be a single phrase could resume the main idea: “the economy, stupid” Do you … Continue reading → [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:25:04 +0000 [Comment]

Week One Presentation
Christine Walti, cw-#lak12
I enjoyed the first presentation (I had to watch the recording since I could not attend live. I thought it very valuable to have someone discuss analytics in a completely different area. I especially iliked the many graphics and images as forms of [Link] Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:12:00 +0000 [Comment]

Got some motivation today
Christine Walti, cw-#lak12
#lak12I've been working on setting everything up and haven't yet had time to devote to the readings. Learned today that a work colleague has joined as well - this should be a [Link] Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:40:00 +0000 [Comment]

Christine Walti, cw-#lak12
Starting with lak12 setup [Link] Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:22:00 +0000 [Comment]

Week 2 Readings
Christine Walti, cw-#lak12
cw-#lak12I was glad to learn about the distincition between learning analytics (learners and their contexts) and academic analytics (business focus on the institutional, regional and international level). This helps to understand where and how analytics can be transformative.The Educause article by Campbell and Oblinger was informative with respect to the depth and breadth of academic analytics and who the players and stakeholders are as well as describing the data, how it is gatehered and .... [Link] Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:13:00 +0000 [Comment]

During Week 2
Christine Walti, cw-#lak12
cw-#lak12I'm not sure why my blog isn't showing up on the lak-12 Daily Newsletter, but that is another thing.I attended the live session on Tuesday and feel that the technology got in the way of making the session (and no doubt the recording) a less than effective learning moment. Serendipitously, I had another opportunity to listen to Wally Boston, President and CEU at APUS who presented on how his institution uses learning analytics and some of the tools they employ. A very good .... [Link] Thu, 02 Feb 2012 17:22:00 +0000 [Comment]

Week One Readings
Christine Walti, cw-#lak12
I had some time over the weekend to devote to the readings.  The McKinsey Report was a great overview of big data and what it all can mean and what needs to be considered. I found the ECAR findings interesting and enjoyed seeing an alignment to educational institutions. I was particularly interested in the finding that institutions were least successful in reducing 'shadow systems', but that those that use reporting dashboards  did have greater success. It may be(.... [Link] Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:59:00 +0000 [Comment]

I’m starting with LAK12 course
Kairit Tammets, Notes » Blog
The first week of MOOC-type of LAK12 course is over. It is strange that in theory I have been strong when talking how informal learning should take place and how learning communities influence our development. Now when I should motivate … Continue reading → [Link] Sun, 29 Jan 2012 12:12:47 +0000 [Comment]

First week of Education Analytics course (huzzah!)
educationanalytics, educationanalytics
I recently signed up to participate in an open online course on Learning Analytics (#LAK12).  The idea is to apply the same best practices currently being applied in business intelligence to the educational domain.  We’ll be covering all sorts of topics, including educational data mining, social network analysis, visualization technologies, and a host of other … Read  [Link] Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:27:09 +0000 [Comment]

What are Learning Analytics? (#LAK12)
James Ballard, Learning Analytics
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 LearningAnalytics Course-level: social networks, conceptual development, discourse analysis, "intelligent curriculum" Learners, faculty Departmental: predictive modelling, patterns of success/failure Learners, faculty AcademicAnalytics Institutional: learner profiles, performance of .... [Link] [Comment]

Academic Analytics and the Completion Agenda (#LAK12)
James Ballard, Learning Analytics
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 .... [Link] [Comment]

Educational Data Mining (#LAK12)
James Ballard, Learning Analytics
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 .... [Link] [Comment]

Perceptions of Tools - #LAK12 Case Studies
James Ballard, Learning Analytics
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 registration .... [Link] [Comment]

Lak 12 - Start Block
Francisco Pires, Open Data Learning
My name is Francisco Pires. I am consultant in organisational and development engineering with main focus in creativity and innovation applied to Learning Organisations. I created this blog because I participate in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Learner Analytics: LAK 2012. (see lak12.mooc.ca). The course will continue for the next 8 weeks. We presently constact an explosion of data and wish to reflect the best way to achieve results in training people real time or near rel time .... [Link] Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:43:08 -0500 [Comment]

#LAK12 Week 3
Kathleen Murphy, Kathleen's Chronicles
I just watched a video on Knewton's Adaptive learning system. As a mother of two children with different learning styles, I am attracted to this concept. I worry about child #2 if she is not challenged enough especially since our district doesn't offer a gifted program. I worry about child #1 who shows no interest in school work but boy does he like video games. Knewton distinguishes itself based on "personalized" learning but how is social learning accommodated? Knewton mentioned .... [Link] 2012-02-10T19:17:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

#LAK12 Week 2
Kathleen Murphy, Kathleen's Chronicles
This week's #lak12 readings have also prompted me to ask who is using analytics on my campus? What is the maturity capability? I can appreciate the advanced skills needed of a data scientist but I think decisions are often made locally which means that the tools need to be accessible and easy to use in order for adoption to [Link] 2012-01-31T08:45:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

Kathleen Murphy, Kathleen's Chronicles
My initial blog was not captured in the #lak12 course daily. I hope this second attempt is more successful. Also my tweet from 1/27 was attributed to @wilkoffnetwork. I suspect there is something wrong with twitter collection and [Link] 2012-01-30T09:20:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

#LAK12 Week 1
Kathleen Murphy, Kathleen's Chronicles
This week marks the start of my participation with the open, online Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2012 course. Since I work in IT at the University of Buffalo and I am interested in student success, learning analytics may be an area that that bridges both my interests. I am an online course neophyte. I am excited by this prospect. This course also gives me an excuse to experiment with different social media [Link] 2012-01-26T20:20:00.000-08:00 [Comment]

#LAK12 Knewton Love
Nancy, Libraries and Analytics
Thoughts from my viewing of the Knewton video:Flashback to 1992: I'm teaching at a private high school in Memphis, Tennessee. It's my first year of teaching at this school AND my first year of teaching high school. With 5 sections of students in two subjects, finding time to simply deal with the paperwork, classroom discipline, and preparing a new lesson plan for each day is a challenge -- let alone individualizing instruction for my students. A parent contacts me about her son. .... [Link] Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:07:00 +0000 [Comment]

#LAK12 Community colleges: the perfect candidates for LA
Nancy, Libraries and Analytics
As illustrated by Vernon Smith's presentation on Rio Salado's implementation of LA, community colleges would serve as the perfect testbed/incubator/adopter of learning analytics. Here's why:1) Community colleges are bursting at the seams. Taken as a group, they represent a very large population = large "n" for doing analytics.2) Community college faculty, for the most part, are there to teach, not to do research. There is a pragmatic focus on student success. Therefore, there .... [Link] Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:38:00 +0000 [Comment]

Process mining
Bianka Hajdu, Marcadores de Cartograf: bianka
¿Qué es la minería de [Link] Wed, 15 Feb 2012 03:41:00 +0000 [Comment]

New Discussion Threads

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Examples of LA at #LAK12
kathrinh, 665 - Jeroen's Course blog Learning Analytics #LAK12, February 15, 2012.

Hi Jeroen, I fully agree with "analytics must be rooted in learning science". That is, why I was suprised, that Smith talks about Roles For Successful Predictive Modeling (slide 155) but does not list individual students and teachers, or education scientists among the stakeholders. [Comment]


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Diigo Posts

Contributions to the LAK 12 Diigo Group.

Dialogue and connectivism: A new approach to understanding and promoting dialogue-rich networked learning | Ravenscroft | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups


Tags: connectivism

by: Leia Jackson

[Link] Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:23:45 -0000 [Comment]

E_Learning With PLEs_A Generic Conceptual Model
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups


Tags: PLE

by: Leia Jackson

[Link] Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:19:38 -0000 [Comment]

elearnspace. Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
Diijo, Best content in LAK2012 | Diigo - Groups


Tags: connectivism, LAK2012

by: Leia Jackson

[Link] Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:13:42 -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: Libraries and Analytics: #LAK12 Community colleges: the perfect candidates for learning analytics... http://t.co/m2FHZyII 2012-02-15T04:03:08Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: RT @VanessaVaile: Floating to the top of the #data: effect of #bigdata on science & policy http://t.co/QZxoUtzE #databias #lak12 2012-02-15T04:10:18Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: @dgasevic presenting here: http://t.co/LeglFPCx on linked data/semantic web and #learninganalytics #lak12” now 2012-02-14T18:24:08Z

@wilkoffnetwork (Ben Wilkoff Network) tweeted: Great example of big data analytics in social media #lak12 prediction of stock fluctuation 20 min in advance http://t.co/8EzkX625 2012-02-14T18:47:49Z