Monthly Archives: April 2013

What can we learn from Facebook? #lak13


Social media is everywhere. 21st Century literacy is changing rapidly. What are the learning implications of new media literacy? We need now to communicate across cultures as well as distance and different media types. What are the skills we need … Continue reading

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Improving student retention #lak13


Struggling students are often unaware or unwilling to make contact for help and tutors do not always have time to observe or offer the help. In a distance learning university, it is harder to see what is happening and who … Continue reading

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educational data scientists, a new breed? #lak13


Panel discussion around the role of data scientist, particularly in the field of education, as well as the presumed anticipated shortage. Already touted as the sexiest career in the 21st century, there’s a lot to live up to… Ryan Baker: … Continue reading

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Assessing classroom attention #lak13


Allowing tutor to understand if students are engaging. Students observed by cameras, where they sit, how they are sitting, and are asked to complete questions at several stages through lecture to capture levels of attention. Tutor can see how levels … Continue reading

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Gradecraft #lak13


Gradecraft as the middle space between learning and analytics. Helps to manage game full learning, explore student subgroup behaviour, provides traditionally concealed info and student performance data (also relative to peers). We know that students enjoy games but they need … Continue reading

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#lak13 Live interest meter – learning from quantified feedback in mass lectures


Motivation and understanding how tutors are performing in lectures by capturing student feedback in order to reflect and improve their approach. Data is captured and aggregated , then fed back immediately to presenter, eg can capture feedback on the pace … Continue reading

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#lak13 addressing learner issues with Stepup!: an evaluation


Simple visualisation tool to automatically or manually track student activity. Record activity across 3 courses for students keeping a record of time spent on each course activity. Students also required to keep a blog and publish tweets and comment on … Continue reading

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