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Where everyone in the world is migrating-in one gorgeous chart - Quartz - 1 views

    "Where everyone in the world is migrating-in one gorgeous chart
    By Nick Stockton @StocktonSays March 28, 2014"
George Bradford

About | SNAPP - Social Networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice - 3 views

    "The Social Networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice (SNAPP) tool performs real-time social network analysis and visualization of discussion forum activity within popular commercial and open source Learning Management Systems (LMS). SNAPP essentially serves as a diagnostic instrument, allowing teaching staff to evaluate student behavioral patterns against learning activity design objectives and intervene as required a timely manner.

    Valuable interaction data is stored within a discussion forum but from the default threaded display of messages it is difficult to determine the level and direction of activity between participants. SNAPP infers relationship ties from the post-reply data and renders a social network diagram below the forum thread. The social network visualization can be filtered based upon user activity and social network data can be exported for further analysis in NetDraw. SNAPP integrates seamlessly with a variety of Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Moodle and Desire2Learn) and must be triggered while a forum thread is displayed in a Web browser."
George Bradford

College Degrees, Designed by the Numbers - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

  • Arizona State's retention rate rose to 84 percent from 77 percent in recent years, a change that the provost credits largely to eAdvisor.
  • Mr. Lange and his colleagues had found that by the eighth day of class, they could predict, with 70-percent accuracy, whether a student would score a C or better. Mr. Lange built a system, rolled out in 2009, that sent professors frequently updated alerts about how well each student was predicted to do, based on course performance and online behavior.
  • Rio Salado knows from its database that students who hand in late assignments and don't log in frequently often fail or withdraw from a course. So the software is more likely to throw up a red flag for current students with those characteristics.
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  • And in a cautionary tale about technical glitches, the college began sharing grade predictions with students last summer, hoping to encourage those lagging behind to step up, but had to shut the alerts down in the spring. Course revisions had skewed the calculations, and some predictions were found to be inaccurate. An internal analysis found no increase in the number of students dropping classes. An improved system is promised for the fall.
  • His software borrows a page from Netflix. It melds each student's transcript with thousands of past students' grades and standardized-test scores to make suggestions. When students log into the online portal, they see 10 "Course Suggestions for You," ranked on a five-star scale. For, say, a health-and-human-performance major, kinesiology might get five stars, as the next class needed for her major. Physics might also top the list, to satisfy a science requirement in the core curriculum.
  • Behind those recommendations is a complex algorithm, but the basics are simple enough. Degree requirements figure in the calculations. So do classes that can be used in many programs, like freshman writing. And the software bumps up courses for which a student might have a talent, by mining their records—grades, high-school grade-point average, ACT scores—and those of others who walked this path before.
  • The software sifts through a database of hundreds of thousands of grades other students have received. It analyzes the historical data to figure out how much weight to assign each piece of the health major's own academic record in forecasting how she will do in a particular course. Success in math is strongly predictive of success in physics, for example. So if her transcript and ACT score indicate a history of doing well in math, physics would probably be recommended over biology, though both satisfy the same core science requirement.
  • Every year, students in Tennessee lose their state scholarships because they fall a hair short of the GPA cutoff, Mr. Denley says, a financial swing that "massively changes their likelihood of graduating."
    July 18, 2012
    College Degrees,
    Designed by the Numbers
    By Marc Parry

    Illustration by Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle

    Campuses are places of intuition and serendipity: A professor senses confusion on a student's face and repeats his point; a student majors in psychology after a roommate takes a course; two freshmen meet on the quad and eventually become husband and wife.

    Now imagine hard data substituting for happenstance.

    As Katye Allisone, a freshman at Arizona State University, hunkers down in a computer lab for an 8:35 a.m. math class, the Web-based course watches her back. Answers, scores, pace, click paths-it hoovers up information, like Google. But rather than personalizing search results, data shape Ms. Allisone's class according to her understanding of the material.
George Bradford

Browse Maps - Places & Spaces: Mapping Science - 0 views

    Data Visualizations - Organized by KATY BÖRNER
George Bradford

Cohere >>> make the connection - 0 views

    About Cohere

    The Web is about IDEAS+PEOPLE.

    Cohere is a visual tool to create, connect and share Ideas.

    Back them up with websites. Support or challenge them. Embed them to spread virally.
    Discover who - literally - connects with your thinking.

    Publish ideas and optionally add relevant websites
    Weave webs of meaningful connections between ideas: your own and the world's
    Discover new ideas and people
    We experience the information ocean as streams of media fragments, flowing past us in every modality.

    To make sense of these, learners, researchers and analysts must organise them into coherent patterns.

    Cohere is an idea management tool for you to annotate URLs with ideas, and weave meaningful connections between ideas for personal, team or social use.

    Key Features

    Annotate a URL with any number of Ideas, or vice-versa.
    Visualize your network as it grows
    Make connections between your Ideas, or Ideas that anyone else has made public or shared with you via a common Group
    Use Groups to organise your Ideas and Connections by project, and to manage access-rights
    Import your data as RSS feeds (eg. bookmarks or blog posts), to convert them to Ideas, ready for connecting
    Use the RESTful API services to query, edit and mashup data from other tools
    Learn More

    Subscribe to our Blog to track developments as they happen.

    Read this article to learn more about the design of Cohere to support dialogue and debate.
George Bradford

LOCO-Analyst - 0 views

    What is LOCO-Analyst?

    LOCO-Analyst is an educational tool aimed at providing teachers with feedback on the relevant aspects of the learning process taking place in a web-based learning environment, and thus helps them improve the content and the structure of their web-based courses.

    LOCO-Analyst aims at providing teachers with feedback regarding:

    *  all kinds of activities their students performed and/or took part in during the learning process,

    *  the usage and the comprehensibility of the learning content they had prepared and deployed in the LCMS,

    *  contextualized social interactions among students (i.e., social networking) in the virtual learning environment.

    This Web site provides some basic information about LOCO-Analyst, its functionalities and implementation. In addition, you can watch videos illustrating the tool's functionalities. You can also learn about the LOCO (Learning Object Context Ontologies) ontological framework that lies beneath the LOCO-Analyst tool and download the ontologies of this framework.
George Bradford

Features | Gephi, open source graph visualization software - 0 views

    Gephi is a tool for people that have to explore and understand graphs. Like Photoshop but for data, the user interacts with the representation, manipulate the structures, shapes and colors to reveal hidden properties. The goal is to help data analysts to make hypothesis, intuitively discover patterns, isolate structure singularities or faults during data sourcing. It is a complementary tool to traditional statistics, as visual thinking with interactive interfaces is now recognized to facilitate reasoning. This is a software for Exploratory Data Analysis, a paradigm appeared in the Visual Analytics field of research.
George Bradford

Many Eyes - 0 views

    Try yourself:

    :: Data sets
    :: Comments
    :: Topic centers

    :: Create a visualization
    :: Upload a data set
    :: Create a topic center

    Learn more
    :: Quick start
    :: Visualization types
    :: About Many Eyes
    :: Privacy
    :: Blog
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Many Eyes : Browsing visualizations - 0 views

    Listing visualizations of data. IBM Research and the IBM Cognos experiment.
George Bradford

Stunning Infographics and Data Visualization - Noupe - 1 views

    Creating an effective infographic requires both artistic sense and a clear vision of what to tell the audience. The following are some cool infographics we have collected. Some are colorful, some are simple, but all are informative and visually pleasing. Not only do they provide information in a format that is easy to understand, but they are also artistic creations in their own right.
George Bradford

Eric Blue's Blog » Dataesthetics: The Power and Beauty of Data Visualization - 0 views

    One of my areas of interest that has grown over the last couple years has been data visualization. I'm a visually-oriented learner, and I look forward to seeing any techniques, illustrations, or technologies that:

    1) Allow people to assimilate information as fast as possible.

    2) Deepen understanding of knowledge by visually illustrating data in new and interesting ways. There is nothing like having an intellectual epiphony after looking at a picture for a few seconds (pictures can definitely be worth a thousand words).

    3) Present information in an aesthetically pleasing way. Or, in extreme examples, inspire a sense of awe!
George Bradford

Data Visualization: Modern Approaches - Smashing Magazine | Smashing Magazine - 0 views

  • 2. Displaying News
  • Digg Stack 15: Digg stories arrange themselves as stack as users digg them. The more diggs a story gets, the larger is the stack.
  • Let’s take a look at the most interesting modern approaches to data visualization as well as related articles, resources and tools.
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  • an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. The size of data blocks is defined by their popularity at the moment.
  • Digg stories arrange themselves as stack as users digg them. The more diggs a story gets, the larger is the stack.
  • a typographic book search, collects the information from Amazon and presents it in the form of keyword you’ve provided.
  • uses visual hills (spikes) to emphasize the density of American population in its map.
  • lets you explore the behavior of your visitors with a heat map. More popular sections, which are clicked more often, are highlighted as “warm” – in red color.
  • Eric Blue provides some references to unusual Data Visualization methods.
    Data presentation can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There is a variety of conventional ways to visualize data - tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion. However, to convey a message to your readers effectively, sometimes you need more than just a simple pie chart of your results. In fact, there are much better, profound, creative and absolutely fascinating ways to visualize data. Many of them might become ubiquitous in the next few years.
George Bradford

50 most stunning examples of data visualization and infographics | Richworks - 0 views

  • The terms Data visualization and Infographics are used interchangeably, the former means the study of visual representation of data and the latter is its representation per se.
  • 42) Geological Time Spiral
  • 40) Map of online communities
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  • 44) Global distribution of water?
  • 43) 1 hour in front of the TV
  • 36) Evolution of Storage
  • 33) The Life of a web article
    Posted by Richie on Thursday, April 15, 2010
    "A picture is worth a thousand words", if I had a penny for every time I heard that!! There is so much data in the world today that it has become impossible for us to analyze them with patience. Data as we perceive it, need not be boring, bland and cumbersome to remember. To make complex things seem simple, is Creativity and using pictures to represent data has been an age old method to analyze data in a fun way.
    From navigating the web in an entirely new dimension to understanding how the human brain works; from peeking into how Google has evolved to analyzing the inner working of the geeky mind, Infographics has completely changed the way we view content and visualize data.
George Bradford

Information graphics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 0 views

    Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly,[1] such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information.
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