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Collecting data on students: is it useful to know which books they've read?

Collecting data on students: is it useful to know which books they've read? | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Universities can gain valuable information by tracking students' behaviour online, but they must be careful not to misuse it
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Designing for Learning's curator insight, June 18, 2:16 AM

Student analytics is here to stay!


According to this article, analytics can be used effectively to identify top resources, improve the student experience and underpin success at university.

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Big data can transform learning – as long as lecturers take control

Big data can transform learning – as long as lecturers take control | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The collection of data on a large scale has already revolutionised our experience of online shopping. Imagine what it can do for online learning
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After grappling with data, MOOC Research Initiative participants release results @insidehighered

After grappling with data, MOOC Research Initiative participants release results @insidehighered | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Massive open online course providers are collecting troves of data about their students, but what good is it if researchers can't use the information?


The MOOC Research Initiative formally released its results on Monday, six months after researchers met in Arlington, Texas, to brief one another on initial findings. The body of research -- 22 projects examining everything from how social networks form in MOOCs to how the courses can be used for remedial education -- can perhaps best be described as the first chapter of MOOC research, confirming some widely held beliefs about the medium while casting doubt on others.

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Who Does What in a Massive Open Online Course? | Seaton et al. , Comm. of the ACM

Who Does What in a Massive Open Online Course? | Seaton et al. , Comm. of the ACM | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) collect valuable data on student learning behavior; essentially complete records of al student interactions in a self-contained learning environment, with the benefit of large sample sizes. […] 

• […] 76% of all participants were browsers who collectively accounted for only 8% of time spent in the course, whereas, the 7% certificate-earning participants averaged 100 hours each and collectively accounted for 60% of total time. 

• Students spent the most time per week interacting with lecture videos and homework, followed by discussion forums and online laboratories;


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, April 21, 3:46 PM

The article analyses the behaviour of some 150,000 registrants for the inaugural edX course — 6.002x: Circuits and Electronics, which was offered in the spring of 2012. The analysis is based on the log files for the course, constituting an exemplary case of the application of learning analytics in action (although the authors don’t use that term at all). It consists of two parts. First, the authors take the data of all registrants into account, later to focus on those relatively few (about 10,000) who managed to earn a course certificate. 

 

Overall, this is an interesting and useful study. I have two minor qualms with it. First, the analysis focuses on those registrants who passed the exam and earned a certificate. Although the 10,000 students who managed to do this is a sizable number, it pales with the 150,000 who registred in the first place. Second, and as far as I am concerned more importantly, no attempts is made to frame the discussion in the context of a particular learning theory. However, these qualms do not detract from the value of this study, it deserves to be widely read, particularly by people who are engaged in learning analytics (who might miss it as that term is not used). @pbsloep

(see for a more extensive discussion of the article my blog post at http://pbsloep.blogspot.nl/2014/04/who-does-what-in-massive-open-online.html

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6 ways Big Data is changing higher education - eCampus News

6 ways Big Data is changing higher education - eCampus News | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Big Data is being used in colleges and universities to help student's perform better. But not everybody agrees with this controversial practice.
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Understanding big data leads to insights, efficiencies, and saved lives

Understanding big data leads to insights, efficiencies, and saved lives | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Information science promises to change the world.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 20, 2:05 AM

"DATA NOW STREAM from daily life: from phones and credit cards and televisions and computers; from the infrastructure of cities; from sensor-equipped buildings, trains, buses, planes, bridges, and factories. The data flow so fast that the total accumulation of the past two years—a zettabyte—dwarfs the prior record of human civilization. “There is a big data revolution,” saysWeatherhead University Professor Gary King. But it is not the quantity of data that is revolutionary. “The big data revolution is that now we can do something with the data.” "

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Big Data: Are you ready for blast-off?

Big Data: Are you ready for blast-off? | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

As Laurie Miles, head of analytics for big data specialist SAS, says: "The term big data has been around for decades, and we've been doing analytics all this time. It's not big, it's just bigger."

 

But it's the velocity, variety and volume of data that has merited the new term.

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Data Visualization For Learning

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While written and oral language dominate instruction, the explosion of visual information has created new opportunities to represent complexity, reveal themes, explore data, and communicate information in powerful ways. Here is an overview of some of my favorite examples of visual data representation for education.


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The Future of E-Ducation Report

The Future of E-Ducation Report | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

We invite you to read our latest SVC2UK White Paper, “The Future of E-ducation“, written in collaboration with Gold Mercury International, the Corporate Vision® Strategy Think Tank. The Paper draws on many of the case studies from SVC2UK 2013 and explores what the future is likely to look like for teachers and students.


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Designing for Learning's curator insight, February 4, 10:57 PM

One to add to your reading list. The report covers the main players in education and technology, providing case studies that explore the future of learning and teaching.

Laura Rosillo's curator insight, June 14, 7:17 AM

Buena selección de artículos sobre el futuro de la educación

A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, June 16, 6:28 PM

Where is technology taking us in Higher Ed? Here's one vision, from the UK

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Tackling the Challenges of Big Data - MIT Professional Education

Tackling the Challenges of Big Data - MIT Professional Education | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Register now for Tackling the Challenges of Big Data, an online MIT course for engineering and business professionals offered by MIT Professional Education and CSAIL. 

This Online X course will survey state-of-the-art topics in Big Data, looking at data collection (smartphones, sensors, the Web), data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, Spark, etc.), extracting structured data from unstructured data, systems issues (exploiting multicore, security), analytics (machine learning, data compression, efficient algorithms), visualization, and a range of applications.

Each module will introduce broad concepts as well as provide the most recent developments in research."


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Higher Education's Big (Data) Bang: Part One - eCampus News

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At a conference devoted to exploring Big Data in higher education, the event’s keynote speaker had a surprisingly contrarian take on the subject.

 

“Big Data is bull—,” Harper Reed, the chief technology officer of President Obama’s 2012 campaign, said to an audience that included many campus IT officials hoping to learn more about Big Data’s benefits.

 

Reed, who used the power of data to help Obama secure reelection, said the term is just a marketing tool meant to drive college and university IT officials toward expensive technologies for storing and analyzing data.

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Is Big Data just too big to distil into meaningful decisions?

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Personalized Learning: How Technology Can Help | eSchool News | eSchool News

Personalized Learning: How Technology Can Help | eSchool News | eSchool News | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
No two students are the same; each brings their own interests, learning modalities, strengths, and prior knowledge of the topic at hand. Addressing students’ individual learning needs in the classroom has always been a key challenge for educators—but new instructional technologies can help.

With student polling software, for instance, teachers can get an accurate, immediate view of each learner’s progress—a concept known as “feedback for learning”—and can tailor their instruction to meet students’ individual needs in real time. And putting mobile technology in the hands of every child allows students to explore their own interests and opens a whole world of self-guided instruction.

With the generous support of Promethean, we’ve assembled this collection of stories to help you use technology to personalize learning for students in your own schools.

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Personalisation is one of the big hopes for the "big data:" movement ion Higher Education.

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Is Big Data too 'messy' for higher education? - eCampus News

Is Big Data too 'messy' for higher education? - eCampus News | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The collection of data in higher education will never produce a single formula for success, no matter how much students clamor for such a miracle algorithm.

 

That, along with other harsh realities of data collection and analysis on college campuses, was discussed during the “Allure of Big Data” session at the EDUCAUSE 2013 conference in Anaheim, Calif., where campus technologists from across the world gathered to discuss trends in educational technology.

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University data can be a force for good

University data can be a force for good | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Data analytics shouldn't be seen as a dark art but a tool to aid student retention and enhance experience, says Ruth Drysdale
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Learning analytics don't just measure students' progress – they can shape it

Learning analytics don't just measure students' progress – they can shape it | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
From online forum debates to predictive essay writing software, data showing how students learn can help universities adapt their teaching
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Turning Learning Measurement Issues into Successful Analytics

Turning Learning Measurement Issues into Successful Analytics | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Did you know that 86% of organizations are focused on reporting, but only 15% of HR functions have strong analytics capabilities? This leads to a disconnect between Learning and Development (L&D) and Corporate within organizations.

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Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign - Edudemic

Why Data Is the Key to Successful Course Redesign - Edudemic | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Course redesign can be a major undertaking, but utilizing the data derived from your existing course can inform your decisions on what areas need to be targeted. When you combine the four factors I mentioned and use them to form a holistic, summative picture of your course redesign project; you can be certain that what is currently working in your course remains, and what is not working is revised.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 15, 4:56 AM

Interesting article on using data to help redesign courses.

Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, April 15, 5:27 AM

Some basic tips and references for a systematic redesign of courses.

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There's a Big Data skills gap in higher education - eCampus News

There's a Big Data skills gap in higher education - eCampus News | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher education is overflowing with data to be parsed and analyzed but a data-related skills gap could stand in the way of analytics' potential.
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Analytics at Scale -- Campus Technology

Analytics at Scale -- Campus Technology | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
MOOCs should be the Holy Grail of student data, but they aren't there yet.

 

One of the great promises of massive open online courses, besides making education more accessible for more students, is the treasure trove of student data collected on a grand scale.

 

Large amounts of data are exactly what higher education needs to stay relevant in this era of disruptive change, as Arizona State University's Adrian Sannier pointed out in his keynote at last year's Campus Technology annual conference. The only way to make sure colleges and universities are continually boosting student success, he said, is evidence-based pedagogy. And that requires scale: "You can't take evidence one class at a time, one person at a time — it takes too long, you don't get a broad enough sample…. I'm not sure you can do it at a university, at a single institution. You may not have enough scale, you may not have enough size."

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The "One iPad" Classroom

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If you have been allocated just one iPad for your classroom then you have very different issues to 1-to-1 classrooms as the iPad is not designed as a shared device. But don't despair! There are app...

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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, March 3, 8:55 PM

Always a concern, especially for the under-served school districts.

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Engagement: The Key Metric for the Future

Engagement: The Key Metric for the Future | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

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Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, January 27, 10:22 AM

a humanidade clama por ser envolvida nas decisoes, projetos e aprendizagem. Sim, eu sinto esse movimento em diversos setores. Em relação a aprendizagem de adultos, é irreversível !

Scott Davidson's curator insight, January 29, 10:01 AM

Do you measure engagement?

Michael Allenberg's curator insight, January 31, 8:11 AM

It's all about engagement folks!

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How Can Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics Enhance Education Infographic

How Can Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics Enhance Education Infographic | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How Can Data Mining and Analytics Enhance Education Infographic answers how can educational data mining & learning analytics improve and personalize education.
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How Learning Analytics Are Changing The Teacher's Role - Edudemic

How Learning Analytics Are Changing The Teacher's Role - Edudemic | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Educators, have you ever wondered if your students are really learning when you teach? Soon you’ll have to wonder no more.

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Higher Education's Big (Data) Bang: Part Two - eCampus News

Higher Education's Big (Data) Bang: Part Two - eCampus News | Learning Analytics in Higher Education | Scoop.it

This second part in an eCampus News series about the power and pitfalls of Big Data examines the criticism and skepticism surrounding the buzz words.

 

A university recently crunched all of the “Big Data” it had gathered on a course and made a surprising discovery.

 

Out of the two professors who taught the course, one had significantly lower performing students. But this was a professor who had won several teaching awards and was well-respected by campus leaders.

What was going on here, the researchers wondered as they sifted through all of the data points at their disposal.

They could only draw one conclusion based on the data at hand: the poorer student performance was because the professor was not the level of teacher everyone believed him to be.

 

The conclusion, it turns out, was wrong.

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How do we make meaning out of massive quantities of data?  Numbers don't tell the whole story.  Only the right num,bers in the right context.  How do educators determine what goes where?

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:49 PM

A universal truth is that to find the right answer, you must be asking the right question.

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Data Mining Reveals the Secret to Getting Good Answers - MIT Technology Review

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Data Mining Reveals the Secret to Getting Good Answers
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According to Alexa, the site is the 3rd most popular Q&A site in the world and 79th most popular website overall.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:46 PM

I can't imagine what coding was like before Stack Overflow. These days, problem-solving in coding involves knowing the right question to ask in order to find an answer. It's not just coding. Knowing how to get good answers to questions has become a primary infotention skill now that search engines are so much more intelligent and Q&A sites like Stack Overflow and Quora have become popular and useful.