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Weeks 4 and 5 - Semantic-is-ness, Privacy and Ethics
, cognitive overdose, Mar 19, 2012
About a month ago, the focus in LAK12 was on how semantic web  – making information more meaningful by making it more understandable by machines will change how we interact with the read-write web, and become smarter, hence the reference to 'smarter curriculum.' The video about semantic web by Kate Ray had it all, interesting visuals, great interviews, and different points of view. When Tim Berners-Lee responds to a question about what he imagines the semantic web will look like,... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:16:00 -0700 [Comment]

Week 8: Post-LAK World
, cognitive overdose, Mar 19, 2012
Last year around this time, I read Lionel Shriver's Post-Birthday World. Not as gripping as my first encounter with her work, We Need to Talk about Kevin, but she played once again to the themes of ambivalence in us human kind and how we all choose to remember 'our version of the world', enacting a little purposeful ambiguity when it suits us. And so I thought I'd title this last post on learning analytics with a little nod to Shriver's work, the birthday season, and ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:50:00 -0700 [Comment]

Week 7: Open Learning Analytics
, cognitive overdose, Mar 12, 2012
This week, the feature presentation was from Simon Buckingham Shum who was describing a joint proposal from a group of international researchers on the merits of an open analytics platform. (Accompanying whitepaper.) Buckingham Shum opened by referencing Gardner Campbell's talk the previous week and the importance of being alert and not simplifying the learning analytics process too much. In fact, he went on to paint a picture of the future, where three or four years down the road, ... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:46:00 -0700 [Comment]

Try a MOOC for a Change
Dana West, cognitive overdose, Feb 15, 2012
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 ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:49:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 3: Learning Analytics - Actionable Data in Action
Dana West, cognitive overdose, Feb 15, 2012
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 ... Wed, 08 Feb 2012 23:43:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 2: Learning Analytics - Looking Back
Dana West, cognitive overdose, Feb 15, 2012
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 ... Mon, 06 Feb 2012 21:09:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 2: Learning Analytics – What is it?
Dana West, cognitive overdose, Feb 15, 2012
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 ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:00:00 -0800 [Comment]

Week 1: Learning Analytics Trends
Dana West, cognitive overdose, Feb 15, 2012
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 ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:17:00 -0800 [Comment]

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