Sharon Slade
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Beware online filters #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Mar 09, 2012
Excellent short  TED talk from Eli Pariser talking about the dangers of allowing personalisation of information to go uncontrolled. Most information that we access online is processed invisibly. As users, we have no real awareness of what information is selected for … Continue reading → Fri, 09 Mar 2012 13:03:12 +0000 [Comment]

Tools, methods, and levels of learning analytics #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Mar 02, 2012
Just a quick post to highlight that actually the introduction to week 6 of the #LAK12 mooc contains a great overview of the range of software (much of it open source) now available to help us draw greater understanding from data … Continue reading → Fri, 02 Mar 2012 12:17:41 +0000 [Comment]

Profiling risky clients #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 24, 2012
I must admit that I found Leslie Scism and Mark Maremont’s paper on the approaches used by insurance companies to assess health risk to be quite shocking. Although much of the #LAK12 mooc has focused on the accumulation and exploitation of observed … Continue reading → Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:33:34 +0000 [Comment]

The promise and peril of big data #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 23, 2012
Too, too much here to possibly summarise neatly, but I can only suggest that you read this apparently daunting 66 page report which is in fact incredibly easy to read and follow and makes lots (and lots) of valid and relevant … Continue reading → Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:43:57 +0000 [Comment]

Machine Learning: A Love Story #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 22, 2012
Listening to Hilary Mason from bit.ly talking about machine thinking and its origins based around the presumption that ‘the essence of humanness, the ability to think and have an identity can be described so precisely as to be rendered on … Continue reading → Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:53:52 +0000 [Comment]

Web 3.0 – a story about the semantic web #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 20, 2012
Bless you Kate Ray. Having felt pretty despondent about my ability to understand the tangled mess that is (apparently) the semantic web, she hits us with this great little video clip that makes it much clearer. The problem is that … Continue reading → Mon, 20 Feb 2012 15:14:37 +0000 [Comment]

The Semantic Web #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 17, 2012
Yikes! Just opened up Sean Palmer’s paper from week 4 of the #LAK12 mooc and almost backed straight out again! I tried really hard to read the paper, but really it’s written in fairly heavy technical speak, even if there … Continue reading → Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:35:51 +0000 [Comment]

Educause post on learning analytics#LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 15, 2012
Picked this up via an internal summary shared at work (thanks to Jim Ellis of Open University in the UK): Educause has released a new white paper, Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language, which looks at the use … Continue reading → Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:51:37 +0000 [Comment]

Adaptive learning – Knewton case study #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 12, 2012
Just watched the short video outlining the main features of the Knewton adaptive learning system which claims to provide tailored online learning systems which take account of student progress and learning styles. This is clearly a direction that many HE … Continue reading → Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:30:00 +0000 [Comment]

Purdue Signals case study: back on track #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 12, 2012
Kimberley Arnold’s article  gives a very readable overview of the Signals project carried out at Purdue University to apply analytics to improve student success. Their approach is interesting in that the information yielded by their application of analytics is fed … Continue reading → Sun, 12 Feb 2012 14:10:31 +0000 [Comment]

Data careers #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 05, 2012
Listening to John Rauser from Amazon talking on youtube about working with big data http://www.youtube.com/user/OreillyMedia#p/c/68/0tuEEnL61HM as part of the #LAK12 mooc. Oh, the pure pleasure of seeing simultaneous equations in action – I haven’t had such a stir of excitement … Continue reading → Sun, 05 Feb 2012 16:41:11 +0000 [Comment]

Penetrating the fog #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Feb 05, 2012
I really enjoyed this paper which summed up many of the current concerns about higher education in a time of increasing external pressures and the need to somehow provide an improved, more efficient (and more appropriate) service to students. The … Continue reading → Sun, 05 Feb 2012 12:58:11 +0000 [Comment]

academic analytics – a snapshot #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Jan 29, 2012
Have skim read a paper on the state of academic analytics in the US and Canada in 2005 http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ecar_so/ers/ers0508/EKF0508.pdf and found it mostly interesting and thought provoking. I guess it’s a shortcoming of my professional background, but I struggled with … Continue reading → Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:28:24 +0000 [Comment]

data, data everywhere #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Jan 29, 2012
Just watched the video lecture of Marisa Mayer (Google) on The Physics of Data:http://www.parc.com/event/936/innovation-at-google.html talking about the explosion of data posted to the web in recent years. Some interesting issues are flagged – how quickly we can upload and access … Continue reading → Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:58:31 +0000 [Comment]

Big data, stupid decisions #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Jan 24, 2012
Just listening to Panagiotis Ipeirotis talking about how data is used to influence buying choices http://www.youtube.com/user/OreillyMedia#p/c/25/LXDFwphuwCs. A really interesting talk which explores how ratings and seller reputation weigh more heavily in the buying decision than price. But more interestingly, it’s … Continue reading → Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:03:26 +0000 [Comment]

The ethics of learning analytics #LAK12
sharonslade, odlsharonslade, Jan 24, 2012
A colleague and I have decided to explore the area of the ethics of learning analytics in the field of Higher education. Is it necessarily a ‘good thing’ to know more about our students than the face that they choose … Continue reading → Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:34:42 +0000 [Comment]

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