In data mining and data analytics, tools and techniques once confined to research laboratories are being adopted by forward-looking industries to generate business intelligence for improving decision making. Higher education institutions are beginning to use analytics for improving the services they provide and for increasing student grades and retention. The U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan, as one part of its model for 21st-century learning powered by technology, envisions ways of using data from online learning systems to improve instruction.
With analytics and data mining experiments in education starting to proliferate, sorting out fact from fiction and identifying research possibilities and practical applications are not easy. This issue brief is intended to help policymakers and administrators understand how analytics and data mining have been—and can be—applied for educational improvement.
This post covers work I have been doing recently on developing a badging system for the online courses we run at the JISC RSC Scotland, using the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI). The courses are not formally assessed or accredited so we only issue a Certificate of Completion for successful completion. Much of the course content is created by the learners and it also incorporates peer review so we do also issue a peer award.
We wanted to investigate ways to give the certificate and peer award more impact than just a piece of paper stuck in a drawer...
For the first time in a federal initiative of this size, grantees are required to license the training materials they produce under the Creative Commons Attribution licence. In her speech announcing the grants, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis stressed that the open-licensing requirement will make it easier for education providers to build on each other’s work.
"While libraries have been decrying the crisis in scholarly communication for years, and shrinking their book budgets to accommodate the bigger piece of the pie that periodicals are gobbling up, many students, according to webcast presenter and student Nicole Allen, seem to have adopted a different strategy: simply not buying their textbooks."
"Google’s massive open online course (MOOC) Power Searching with Google this fall gained traction and buzz on the power of online learning to reach a mass audience as well as the importance of content curation in the information boom of the digital age."
"This is a collection of best practices for the adaptation of learning materials and explains what we understand as Open Educational Resources (OER). With this user guide you will understand better, how you can benefit from OER and learn the necessary things to be taken in to account while adapting materials for your own needs. This initial guide will underline some of the issues we feel as crucial for adaptation support."
"‘Openness’ has emerged as one of the foremost themes in education, within which an open education movement has enthusiastically embraced digital technologies as the ultimate means of participation and inclusion. OER and MOOCs have emerged at the forefront of this development, claiming unprecedented educational reform. "
"Additionally, the courses are broken down into five minute video segments, so that learners can set their own pace and learn without the restrictions of setting aside large chunks of time to watch the lectures. If you’re skeptical that the material can be taught in such a short time, fear not: additional videos are devoted to subjects that need elaboration."
MOOCs are free online courses, open to all. Participants are distributed anywhere in the world, and the course connects large numbers of learners and instructors across a common field of knowledge. Whilst MOOCs provide weekly topics, activities, discussions and resources, learners actively engage in all aspects of the experience, sharing ideas in forums, undertaking collaborative or reflective activities, and using a variety of social media.
The University of Southern Queensland has launched the first OERu "prototype" course. This is a great step forward for the OERu. It's not clear from this announcement how students will be recruited for the course, or what the enrolment procedures will be. I'll be watching this space with interest.
“The version that is online on edX is a static version -- a PNG file, which is not downloadable, not manipulable and doesn’t have all the flexibility that a true full e-book does,” said Dan O’Connell, a publicist for Elsevier. “So we found that actually it isn’t cutting into, and in fact it seems to be elevating, sales.”
"It's funny how things come together to give you a better understanding of your own mind. A couple of weeks ago I got caught up the internet debate on mass-participation online education started by an American stats professor critiquing Udacity'sIntroduction to Statistics by Sebastian Thrun."
"Out of Print highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations. With a focus on the ultimate impact on student learning, the report provides examples of lessons learned from recent digital and open (OER) content initiatives by leading states and school districts and offers comprehensive recommendations for government, industry, and educators to ensure that the inevitable shift to digital instructional materials improves student achievement and engagement and efficiently uses scarce resources."
The developing digital context for scholarship in the University brings pressures and opportunities for change in both the established practices of scholarly communication and conventional ideas about who participates in it.
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