We’ve been in Vancouver for a few days now and still soaking in the positive vibes from the city – miles and miles of open sky and water and a sense of being hugged by the surrounding mountains. When we haven’t been playing hookey in Gastown, Grouse Mountain (snow! bears!) and Granville Island, we’ve been at the #LAK12 conference learning more about the relatively new boom area that is learning analytics.
After a really successful day on Sunday, running a workshop on ethical issues in learning analytics (google group firstname.lastname@example.org open soon for follow up discussions), we’ve been catching up with the thinking of a whole bunch of people from around the world. Some great presentations so far: worthy mentions are Hendrik Drachsler with an overview of institutional confidence levels in LA, Doug Clow with a reminder that we don’t forget all that we already know about effective teaching and learning in our rush to embrace LA and a fabulous panel presentation from Linda Baer and Donald Norris from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reporting back on early findings and useful pointers from a large scale survey of leading LA institutions in the US.
Day 2 about to start….