Category Archives: education

Learning Analytics: Ethical Issues and Dilemmas


Full paper now published in ABS http://abs.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/03/03/0002764213479366.abstract?rss=1

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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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Understanding student vulnerability #LAK13


Homework for week 1 of the #LAK13 MOOC is to begin to think around something that I want to understand better using an analytic approach. One thing that’s been bugging me is how to get a better understanding of vulnerability. … Continue reading

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Learning analytics and higher education: ethical perspectives


Students leave behind lots of information about themselves, with little or no realisation of what Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) do with it. Does it matter? We ran a  ½ day workshop at the LAK12 conference in Vancouver in late April … Continue reading

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Educause post on learning analytics#LAK12


Picked this up via an internal summary shared at work (thanks to Jim Ellis of Open University in the UK): Educause has released a new white paper, Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language, which looks at the use … Continue reading

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Adaptive learning – Knewton case study #LAK12


Just watched the short video outlining the main features of the Knewton adaptive learning system which claims to provide tailored online learning systems which take account of student progress and learning styles. This is clearly a direction that many HE … Continue reading

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Purdue Signals case study: back on track #LAK12


Kimberley Arnold’s article  gives a very readable overview of the Signals project carried out at Purdue University to apply analytics to improve student success. Their approach is interesting in that the information yielded by their application of analytics is fed … Continue reading

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Data careers #LAK12


Listening to John Rauser from Amazon talking on youtube about working with big data as part of the #LAK12 mooc. Oh, the pure pleasure of seeing simultaneous equations in action – I haven’t had such a stir of excitement since … Continue reading

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Penetrating the fog #LAK12


I really enjoyed this paper which summed up many of the current concerns about higher education in a time of increasing external pressures and the need to somehow provide an improved, more efficient (and more appropriate) service to students. The … Continue reading

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academic analytics – a snapshot #LAK12


Have skim read a paper on the state of academic analytics in the US and Canada in 2005 and found it mostly interesting and thought provoking. I guess it’s a shortcoming of my professional background, but I struggled with some … Continue reading

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