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Student Learning and Analytics at Michigan (SLAM) | CRLT - 0 views

    "Student Learning and Analytics at Michigan (SLAM)"
George Bradford

UWGO Spring 2015 Distance Ed | Piktochart Infographic Editor - 0 views

    UWG Online Faculty and Student Survey - Spring 2015
George Bradford

Analytics in Higher Education - Benefits, Barriers, Progress, and Recommendations (EDUC... - 0 views

    Jacqueline Bichsel - 2012

    Many colleges and universities have demonstrated that analytics can help significantly advance an institution in such strategic areas as resource allocation, student success, and finance. Higher education leaders hear about these transformations occurring at other institutions and wonder how their institutions can initiate or build upon their own analytics programs. Some question whether they have the resources, infrastructure, processes, or data for analytics. Some wonder whether their institutions are on par with other in their analytics endeavors. It is within that context that this study set out to assess the current state of analytics in higher education, outline the challenges and barriers to analytics, and provide a basis for benchmarking progress in analytics.
George Bradford

Software | Learning Emergence - 0 views

    Learning Emergence
    deep learning | complex systems | transformative leadership | knowledge media
George Bradford - 0 views

    Early Alert Program
    The Early Alert classroom assistance program at Sinclair Community College is an intervention program teaming faculty, counselors, and advisors together in order to promote the success of students facing challenges.

    An Overview:
    Early Alert is an intervention program that allows for faculty to notify advisors/counselors of issues that may affect the success of a student. 
    It is a simple way of assisting students in difficulty find the help they need while taking very little time.
    Web-based Early Alert notifications are easy ways to promote the retention efforts of the college and the success of students.
    Utilized currently in all DEV courses, English 111, select Math courses, and SCC 101 courses.
George Bradford

Discussions - Learning Analytics | Google Groups - 0 views


    Flare at Purdue in October 
      Hi everyone. Can someone provide more information for the upcoming SoLAR FLARE event at Purdue in October? Thanks, Kelvin Bentley
    By Kelvin Bentley  - May 14 - 2 new of 2 messages - Report as spam    
    EDUCAUSE Survey on Analytics - Looking for International Input 
      Colleagues, EDUCAUSE is soliciting input on analytics in higher education. They have currently sent email to their current members, but are looking for additional participation from the international community. We would greatly appreciate if you could complete the survey below. -- john... more »
    By John Campbell - Purdue  - May 11 - 2 new of 2 messages - Report as spam    
    CFP: #Influence12: Symposium & Workshop on Measuring Influence on Social Media 
      Hi Everyone, If you are interested in Learning Analytics and Social Media, I invite you to submit a short position paper or poster to the Symposium & Workshop on Measuring Influence on Social Media. The event is set for September 28-29, 2012 in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. All submissions are due *June 15, 2012*.... more »
    By Anatoliy Gruzd  - May 11 - 2 new of 2 messages - Report as spam    
    LA beginnings 
      Learning Analytics isn't really new, it is just getting more publicity now as a result of the buzz word name change. Institutions have been collecting data about students for a long time, but only a few people dealt with the data. Instructors kept gradebooks and many tracked student progress locally - by hand. What's new about Learning... more »
George Bradford

Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

    Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language
    Title: Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language (ID: ELI3026)
    Author(s): Angela van Barneveld (Purdue University), Kimberly Arnold (Purdue University) and John P. Campbell (Purdue University)
    Topics: Academic Analytics, Action Analytics, Analytics, Business Analytics, Decision Support Systems, Learning Analytics, Predictive Analytics, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    Origin: ELI White Papers, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) (01/24/2012)
    Type: Articles, Briefs, Papers, and Reports
George Bradford

Dr Ruth Deakin Crick - Graduate School of Education - 0 views

    First, the ongoing exploration of the reliability and validity of the psychometric assessment instrument designed to measure and stimulate change in learning power, for which I was one of three originators between 2000 and 2002. To date I have been able to collect large data sets (n=>50,000) and have published reliability and validity statistics in four  peer reviewed journal articles. Second, the application of the concept and assessment of learning power in pedagogy in school, community and corporate sectors, and in particular its contribution to personalisation of learning through authentic enquiry. Third, the contribution of learning power and enquiry to what we know about complexity in education, particularly through the development of systems learning and leadership as a vehicle for organisational transformation. Finally, the application of learning power assessment strategies to the emerging field of learning analytics and agent-based modelling.
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(7) Eli 2012 Sensemaking Analytics - 0 views

    George Siemens's PPT at ELI focus group
George Bradford

IBM Solidifies Academic Analytics Investments - Datanami - 0 views

    December 22, 2011

    IBM Solidifies Academic Analytics Investments

    Datanami Staff

    As their own detailed report in conjunction with MIT Sloan made clear, IBM is keenly aware of the dramatic talent shortfall that could keep the future of big data analytics in check. Accordingly, the company is stepping in to boost analytics-driven programs at universities around the world.

    A report out of India this week indicated that Big Blue is firming up its investments at a number of academic institutions worldwide in the hopes of readying a new generation of analytics graduates. This effort springs from the company's Academic Initiative, which is the IBM-led effort to partner with universities to extend the capabilities of institutions to provide functional IT training and research opportunities.
George Bradford

People | Knowledge Media Institute | The Open University - 0 views

    People | Member | Simon Buckingham Shum
    Snr Lecturer in Knowledge Media

    I am fundamentally interested in technologies for sensemaking, specifically, which structure discourse to assist reflection and analysis. Examples: D3E, Compendium, ClaiMaker and Cohere.
George Bradford

University builds 'course recommendation engine' to steer students toward completion | ... - 0 views

    Recommended for You
    March 16, 2012 - 3:00am
    Steve Kolowich
    Completing assignments and sitting through exams can be stressful. But when it comes to being graded the waiting is often the hardest part. This is perhaps most true at the end of a semester, as students wait for their instructors to reduce months of work into a series of letter grades that will stay on the books forever.
    But at Austin Peay State University, students do not have to wait for the end of a semester to learn their grade averages. Thanks to a new technology, pioneered by the university's provost, they do not even have to wait for the semester to start.
George Bradford

Open Research Online - Learning analytics to identify exploratory dialogue within synch... - 0 views

    While generic web analytics tend to focus on easily harvested quantitative data, Learning Analytics will often seek qualitative understanding of the context and meaning of this information. This is critical in the case of dialogue, which may be employed to share knowledge and jointly construct understandings, but which also involves many superficial exchanges. Previous studies have validated a particular pattern of "exploratory dialogue" in learning environments to signify sharing, challenge, evaluation and careful consideration by participants. This study investigates the use of sociocultural discourse analysis to analyse synchronous text chat during an online conference. Key words and phrases indicative of exploratory dialogue were identified in these exchanges, and peaks of exploratory dialogue were associated with periods set aside for discussion and keynote speakers. Fewer individuals posted at these times, but meaningful discussion outweighed trivial exchanges. If further analysis confirms the validity of these markers as learning analytics, they could be used by recommendation engines to support learners and teachers in locating dialogue exchanges where deeper learning appears to be taking place.
George Bradford

Open Research Online - Discourse-centric learning analytics - 0 views

    Drawing on sociocultural discourse analysis and argumentation theory, we motivate a focus on learners' discourse as a promising site for identifying patterns of activity which correspond to meaningful learning and knowledge construction. However, software platforms must gain access to qualitative information about the rhetorical dimensions to discourse contributions to enable such analytics. This is difficult to extract from naturally occurring text, but the emergence of more-structured annotation and deliberation platforms for learning makes such information available. Using the Cohere web application as a research vehicle, we present examples of analytics at the level of individual learners and groups, showing conceptual and social network patterns, which we propose as indicators of meaningful learning.
George Bradford

Open Research Online - Contested Collective Intelligence: rationale, technologies, and ... - 0 views

    We propose the concept of Contested Collective Intelligence (CCI) as a distinctive subset of the broader Collective Intelligence design space. CCI is relevant to the many organizational contexts in which it is important to work with contested knowledge, for instance, due to different intellectual traditions, competing organizational objectives, information overload or ambiguous environmental signals. The CCI challenge is to design sociotechnical infrastructures to augment such organizational capability. Since documents are often the starting points for contested discourse, and discourse markers provide a powerful cue to the presence of claims, contrasting ideas and argumentation, discourse and rhetoric provide an annotation focus in our approach to CCI. Research in sensemaking, computer-supported discourse and rhetorical text analysis motivate a conceptual framework for the combined human and machine annotation of texts with this specific focus. This conception is explored through two tools: a social-semantic web application for human annotation and knowledge mapping (Cohere), plus the discourse analysis component in a textual analysis software tool (Xerox Incremental Parser: XIP). As a step towards an integrated platform, we report a case study in which a document corpus underwent independent human and machine analysis, providing quantitative and qualitative insight into their respective contributions. A promising finding is that significant contributions were signalled by authors via explicit rhetorical moves, which both human analysts and XIP could readily identify. Since working with contested knowledge is at the heart of CCI, the evidence that automatic detection of contrasting ideas in texts is possible through rhetorical discourse analysis is progress towards the effective use of automatic discourse analysis in the CCI framework.
George Bradford

Open Research Online - Social Learning Analytics: Five Approaches - 0 views

    This paper proposes that Social Learning Analytics (SLA) can be usefully thought of as a subset of learning analytics approaches. SLA focuses on how learners build knowledge together in their cultural and social settings. In the context of online social learning, it takes into account both formal and informal educational environments, including networks and communities. The paper introduces the broad rationale for SLA by reviewing some of the key drivers that make social learning so important today. Five forms of SLA are identified, including those which are inherently social, and others which have social dimensions. The paper goes on to describe early work towards implementing these analytics on SocialLearn, an online learning space in use at the UK's Open University, and the challenges that this is raising. This work takes an iterative approach to analytics, encouraging learners to respond to and help to shape not only the analytics but also their associated recommendations.
George Bradford

Open Research Online - Learning dispositions and transferable competencies: pedagogy, m... - 0 views

    Theoretical and empirical evidence in the learning sciences substantiates the view that deep engagement in learning is a function of a complex combination of learners' identities, dispositions, values, attitudes and skills. When these are fragile, learners struggle to achieve their potential in conventional assessments, and critically, are not prepared for the novelty and complexity of the challenges they will meet in the workplace, and the many other spheres of life which require personal qualities such as resilience, critical thinking and collaboration skills. To date, the learning analytics research and development communities have not addressed how these complex concepts can be modelled and analysed, and how more traditional social science data analysis can support and be enhanced by learning analytics. We report progress in the design and implementation of learning analytics based on a research validated multidimensional construct termed "learning power". We describe, for the first time, a learning analytics infrastructure for gathering data at scale, managing stakeholder permissions, the range of analytics that it supports from real time summaries to exploratory research, and a particular visual analytic which has been shown to have demonstrable impact on learners. We conclude by summarising the ongoing research and development programme and identifying the challenges of integrating traditional social science research, with learning analytics and modelling.
George Bradford

Times Higher Education - Satisfaction and its discontents - 0 views

    Satisfaction and its discontents

    8 March 2012
    The National Student Survey puts pressure on lecturers to provide 'enhanced' experiences. But, argues Frank Furedi, the results do not measure educational quality and the process infantilises students and corrodes academic integrity

    One of the striking features of a highly centralised system of higher education, such as that of the UK, is that the introduction of new targets and modifications to the quality assurance framework can have a dramatic impact in a very short space of time. When the National Student Survey was introduced in 2005, few colleagues imagined that, just several years down the road, finessing and managing its implementation would require the employment of an entirely new group of quality-assurance operatives. At the time, the NSS was seen by many as a relatively pointless public-relations exercise that would have only a minimal effect on academics' lives. It is unlikely that even its advocates would have expected the NSS to acquire a life of its own and become one of the most powerful influences on the form and nature of the work done in universities.
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.
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