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Mathieu Plourde

Who Is Doing Our Data Laundry? - 0 views

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    "We are seeing a surge in firms with offers to take institutions' data so that they can reformat it and make it available as dashboards, with trends and models. It is time to ask: Who is doing our data laundry, and why?"
Mathieu Plourde

University of Oklahoma stripped of 'U.S. News' ranking for supplying false information - 0 views

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    "U.S. News & World Report has stripped the University of Oklahoma of its ranking, citing incorrect information provided about alumni giving. The university told U.S. News that it has been supplying incorrect data since 1999."
Mathieu Plourde

Learning analytics in higher education - 0 views

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    "Every time a student interacts with their university - be that going to the library, logging into their virtual learning environment or submitting assessments online - they leave behind a digital footprint. Learning analytics is the process of using this data to improve learning and teaching. Learning analytics refers to the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about the progress of learners and the contexts in which learning takes place. Using the increased availability of big datasets around learner activity and digital footprints left by student activity in learning environments, learning analytics take us further than data currently available can."
Mathieu Plourde

Competency.AI - 0 views

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    "Learner dashboards provide progress snapshots toward mastery of key competencies throughout the education journey."
Mathieu Plourde

Institutions' Use of Data and Analytics for Student Success - 0 views

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    "As higher education institutions in the United States strive to maximize their use of resources to better support students, it is now more critical for professionals to make data-informed decisions. Most institutions are currently gathering an abundance of data from multiple sources, which provides a good opportunity for functional units, divisions, and departments to share timely and relevant data and collaboratively deliver programs and services. Three of many integral units that are involved in data-informed strategies are institutional research (IR), student affairs, and information technology (IT). Thus, three higher education membership associations, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and EDUCAUSE partnered to conduct a survey that examined the current landscape of institutions' use of data and analytics for student success. This report describes a variety of challenges and opportunities regarding institutions' readiness to expand their use of data across functions."
Mathieu Plourde

12 Ways to Design Better Infographics for eLearning - 0 views

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    "Any visual communication can be improved with an understanding of design principles that help ensure viewers correctly perceive and interpret the elements of a graphic. To be effective, an infographic should accurately communicate its message, attract attention with its aesthetic appeal, and be visually efficient so it is easy to scan and perceive. Let's look at some ways to accomplish this in infographic design."
Mathieu Plourde

£1.3 billion Turnitin sale spotlights intellectual property fears - 0 views

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    "The $1.8 billion (£1.3 billion) sale of Turnitin has highlighted the growing power of the company that produces plagiarism-checking software used in universities across the globe, and raised questions about its business model."
Mathieu Plourde

Mythical Retention Data & The Corrupted Cone - Work-Learning Research - 0 views

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    "Fortunately, a group of tireless researchers-who I've had the honor of collaborating with-has put a wooden stake through the dark heart of this demon. In the most recent addition of the scientific journal Educational Technology, Deepak Subramony, Michael Molenda, Anthony Betrus, and I (my contribution was small) produced four articles on the dangers of this misinformation and the genesis of it. After working separately over the years to debunk this bit of mythology, the four of us have come together in a joint effort to rally the troops-people like you, dedicated professionals who want to create the best outcomes for your learners."
Mathieu Plourde

7 Things You Should Know About GDPR | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

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    "The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) confers numerous rights upon data subjects who are located in the EU, including the "right to be forgotten." It also requires that covered organizations put significant processes and safeguards into place regarding the collection, use, and processing of personal data of data subjects located in the EU. Failure to comply with GDPR can result in an enforcement action and significant financial penalties. Due to both the borderless application of GDPR and the concept of territoriality, the regulation has broad implications for organizations around the globe, including US colleges and universities."
Mathieu Plourde

National Academy of Education Releases New Report on Big Data in Education: Balancing t... - 0 views

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    "The National Academy of Education (NAEd) released a new report on Big Data in Education: Balancing the Benefits of Educational Research and Student Privacy. The report addresses a fundamental tension of how to reap the educational benefits that access to comprehensive "big" data provides while ensuring student privacy."
Mathieu Plourde

Project Jupyter - 0 views

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    "The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more."
Mathieu Plourde

Q&A: How Pierce College is helping more students succeed - 0 views

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    "we were able to create dashboards on all of our courses through software called Tableau. Every faculty member can see everybody's completion rates, and they're broken down by demographics. Now faculty can go, "I'm struggling with that group of students, you're having success with them - what are you doing?""
Mathieu Plourde

What Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Student Information Systems (SIS) Are Used i... - 0 views

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    "We use this chord diagram in our LMS subscription, offered with MindWires, to show the movement in the LMS market - from the old system to the new system. We got great feedback, so we decided to use the same format to represent the relationship between the LMS market and the SIS market."
Mathieu Plourde

Digital Learning Compass: New report on distance education higher ed enrollments -e-Lit... - 0 views

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    "A year-to- year increase of 226,375 distance education students, a 3.9 percent increase, up over rates recorded the previous two years. More than one in four students (29.7 percent) now take at least one distance education course (a total of 6,022,105 students)."
Mathieu Plourde

Online Learners Report Benefits from Advancing their Careers to Discovering a Field of ... - 0 views

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    "To hold ourselves accountable for building upon this favorable impact, we made the Learner Outcomes Survey a permanent part of our platform experience: every learner, anywhere in the world, who completes a course now receives a survey a few months later. And since a lot has changed on Coursera since 2015 - we've gone from 90 active courses on our platform to 2,000, and more than doubled the size of our learner community - we decided it was time for another deep dive into the data."
Mathieu Plourde

Predictive Analytics in Higher Education - 0 views

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    "while these are worthwhile efforts, it is crucial for institutions to use predictive analytics ethically. Without ethical practices, student data could be used to curtail academic success rather than help ensure it. For example, without a clear plan in place, an institution could use predictive analytics to justify using fewer resources to recruit low-income students because their chances of enrolling are less sure than for more affluent prospective students. "
Mathieu Plourde

Of Analogies, Learning, and Weather - 0 views

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    "Who knows - maybe one day learning scientists will be as accurate at predicting learning as weathermen are at predicting the weather. While that may sound like a dig against both professions, I actually mean it simply as an acknowledgment of how incredibly complex and dynamic both phenomena are."
Mathieu Plourde

Doubts About Data: 2016 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology - 1 views

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    "instructors and a large share of academic technology administrators say the efforts are mainly designed to satisfy accreditors and politicians -- not to increase degree completion rates."
Mathieu Plourde

Personalized Learning: Toward a Grand Unifying Theory - 0 views

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    "the same student being tracked and evaluated while using an adaptive courseware product has a digital footprint and legacy that extends well beyond the parameters of a singularly focused electronic learning environment."
Mathieu Plourde

The Top 10 Soft Skills Employers Look for Most - 0 views

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    "One way of defining these workplace skills is to consider what employers actually ask for in job postings. Based on Burning Glass Technologies' analysis of millions of job postings, one in every three skills cited in job ads is a "baseline" skill - that is, skills that aren't specific to any particular kind of job but rather that are requested by employers across the board. (Most of these are soft skills, though the analysis also includes skills like Microsoft Office that are so common as to be considered core to employability in the modern workplace.) A worker who has these in addition to technical skills is going to be welcome anywhere."
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