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NEW NSF REPORT: New Technology-based Models for Postsecondary Learning

Ellen Wagner

In January 2013 I participated in a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation to help establish a 10 year vision to reconceptualize postsecondary learning. This past week our co-convenors, Chris Dede, Harvard University and Eric Grimson, MIT, released the.

When I Think of the Future of Online Learning

Ellen Wagner

I am attending a Summit later this week. The University Professional and Continuing Educational Association and the Association for Continuing Higher Education are co-hosting a sold out invitational meeting to consider the Future of Online Learning. Many dozens of learning.

PAR Framework: Learning Analytics as a Service for Higher Ed

Ellen Wagner

Thanks to Libby Nelson''s great article Big Data 101: Colleges are hoping predictive analytics can fix their dismal graduation rates , we have been fielding questions about the PAR Framework. Here is an update on who we are and the work in which we are engaged. higher education to inform practice and policy. Institutional benchmarks.

Living Under the Sword of Data, on #Lrnchat

Ellen Wagner

On May 9, 2013 I will have the pleasure of joining the crew at #Lrnchat for a session on the topic of learning analytics. You will find us on Twitter, Thursday, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 PT. Look for us at #lrnchat, Analytics Innovation social media Trends

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The Reason THIS EDUdotcom May Not Be As Different From Last Time As You Think

Ellen Wagner

If there was ever any doubt that we are in the midst of a new dot.com boom for education, that doubt was removed at this week's SXSWEDU. The event brought entrepreneurs and educators to Austin, Texas for four days of. Business Diffusion of Innovation eLearning Innovation Internet Technology Trends

The Big Data Landscape

Ellen Wagner

If you post the term "Big Data" in your Google search window today, more than 2 billion google search results will appear.

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eLearning Isn't Software

Ellen Wagner

One of the reasons I attend learning technology conferences is that they offer a highly efficient way to scan the horizon for emerging trends likely to affect learning technology adoption. Conferences also provide a chance to see which "idea seeds". eLearning Technology Trends

Losing Our (Analytics) Religion

Ellen Wagner

You may have noticed that I've been kinda quiet on the blogging front. It's not for lack of things to say, exactly. More that there has been so much sound and fury around the emerging topic of learning analytics that

Data Change Everything

Ellen Wagner

During the past several months there have been low background rumblings in the land of education and training. That is the sound of the learning world discovering what Internet professionals working in other vertical markets have known for years: The. Analytics Diffusion of Innovation eLearning Online Education Research Trends

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20 "eLearnings" From Two Months on the Road(trip)

Ellen Wagner

Been a busy couple of months of elearning road-trips. From EDUCAUSE to Online EDUCA, from WCET to WICHE, from DevLearn to AECT (with a little bit of virtual Sloan-C tossed in for good measure). Literally thousands of plenaries, presentations, and. Analytics eLearning Events Innovation Mobile News Research Trends

Secret Handshakes of ID

Ellen Wagner

I recently contributed an essay to the inaugural issue of the Journal of Applied Instructional Design. This is a new journal, sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, aimed at giving the ID scholar - practioner greater voice. Instructional Design Research

The Burden of Knowing

Ellen Wagner

Important questions can get swept aside when the rumble of excitement about future possibilities are loudest. Nowhere is this more clear than in the emerging arena of learning analytics. The fact that we can track information just about anytime, anyplace. Analytics Business Innovation Technology Trends

In Memoriam: Tim M. Martin

Ellen Wagner

I'm still a little uncomfortable using social media when it comes to sharing really sad news. And yet, I know that tweets and posts and blogs really are the fastest way to share. It is with this in mind that

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And Another Thing (about Predictive Analytics)

Ellen Wagner

Judging by some of the reactions I have been getting to my Data Chage Everything blogpost last night, I would say I've touched a bit of a nerve. People get ready, there a change a comin'. Just a few. Analytics Distance Learning eLearning Innovation Online Education Technology Trends

ID Secret Handshakes: First Round

Ellen Wagner

Regardless of where you learned your craft, whether you have a graduate degree or not, whatever the market sector where you work - there are certain things that people working in instructional design settings do that make themselves unique from, Instructional Design Trends

Since You've Asked: More About the PAR Framework

Ellen Wagner

The December 15, 2011 Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus blog by Marc Parry shared news about a groundbreaking project we have taken on at WCET. It describes our efforts to create a single, federated database of de-identified student records. Analytics Higher Education Online Education Research Trends WCET

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The #OEB14 Debate: Is Data Corrupting Education?

Ellen Wagner

Online Educa Berlin is a major international gathering of online/elearning/distance learning/mobilized/datified learning innovators. Absolutely.

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When Learning Analytics Meet Gamification

Ellen Wagner

Great minds are already at work on a very big idea: What if we morph the emerging fascination with massive N predictive learning analytics with a mechanism for collecting massive transactional behavioral data where millions and millions of subjects already. Analytics Engagement Games Innovation Research Trends

Lines are being drawn.over learning technology standards and specs?

Ellen Wagner

Interesting article in today's Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus about a growing shitstorm around learning technology standards. Per Jeff Young, author of article in question: "The issue centers around a single line of the 53-page grant guidelines for the. Business Higher Education LMS News Technology Trends

What Learning Professionals Can Learn from "Moneyball"

Ellen Wagner

Today is the premiere of "Moneyball", the long anticipated movie starring Brad Pitt. Based on the book by the same name, this is a story of how the Oakland Athletics baseball team actively leveraged player statistics as business intelligence, and. Analytics Diffusion of Innovation Trends

WCET Receives Grant for Groundbreaking Higher Education Analytic Research

Ellen Wagner

I am pleased to share the following good news. WICHE, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, announced today that WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

eBang Theory, Say "Hey" to High Quality Online Learning That Scales

Ellen Wagner

Once upon a time, equity analyst Howard Block, Ph.D. wrote a report entitled The e-Bang Theory: Education Industry Overview 1999 Illuminismo, Volume 2 (San Francisco: Banc of America Securities Equity Research, Montgomery Division, September 1999). This report is the one. eLearning Innovation Internet Online Education Trends

Big Data Comes to US Higher Education

Ellen Wagner

WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, today announced the successful federation of datasets from the six institutions participating in the PAR (Predictive Analytics Reporting) Framework proof of concept project, just four months after the project’s early June launch.

Who Owns Your Data?

Ellen Wagner

Who actually owns your data?  At first the answer to this question may seem obvious - of COURSE we own our personal health records, education records, financial records. . But do we, really? Data ownership presumes use rights, who can share what, with whom. What But data sharing according to what? What about the data captured on our mobile devices?

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On Secret Handshakes and Making the World a Better Place with ID

Ellen Wagner

I attended the 2011 annual conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) in Jacksonville, FL this past week. AECT is a professional association focused on scholarship in the academic disciplines associated with instructional design. Its members are.

Badges?! We don’t need no stinkin’… Oh, wait, maybe we do.

Ellen Wagner

Are you using badges yet? via imserious.typepad.com Great post from Anne Derryberry. Very pleased that she will be joining the Sage Road crew as a subject matter expert consultant as we take on the task of morphing learning analytics with

"Courage in Women is Often Mistaken for Insanity"

Ellen Wagner

Today is the 90th anniversary of the Certification of the 19th amendment. My friend Libby Dorsey shared an email this morning with a reminder of this important anniversary, asking that we remember the day and remember the efforts of those.

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Maybe the "E" Really Does Matter

Ellen Wagner

Today's (January 13, 2011) early #Lrnchat session was loosely oriented around learning technology standards. As happens during #Lrnchat sessions on Twitter, moderators post questions for participants to discuss in 140 characters or less. One of today's questions asked participants to. eLearning Learning Technology

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Ellen Wagner

If you have been involved in academic distance learning you know about the University of Texas System TeleCampus. As it says on the UTTC wesite the Telecampus works with all 15 UT System institutions to build and deliver high-quality online.

Lessons Revisited: RADAR, Pearl Harbor and Paying Attention to Evidence

Ellen Wagner

One of our Sage Road Solutions LLC clients, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, is holding its biannual meeting at the BYU Hawaii campus on the island of Oahu this week. Having spent the past several days in Denver. Analytics Higher Education Innovation Online learning Technology WCET

Now that Predictive Analytics are Hotter than Ever

Ellen Wagner

Now that predictive analytics are hotter than ever in higher education, it''s probably a good idea to review a few fundamentals for those who are just starting to sip from the cup of possibilities. WHY PREDICTIVES? Predictive analytics have been. Analytics Innovation Trends

A QR Code of Your Very Own

Ellen Wagner

There must have been something in the water this weekend - seemed as if everywhere I turned I found myself talking about QR Codes. QR codes are the machine readable badges - basically overlapping barcodes that are starting to appear. Innovation Internet Mobile Technology Trends

Trust Me

Ellen Wagner

I'm not really sure why some are so surprised to find that we elearning pros frequently work with and for people who don't "get it" as well as we do. Of course they don't. Our practice is to help our. eLearning social media Technology Trends

You Say "eLearning", I say 'Online Learning". She says "Distance Learning". Does it Matter?

Ellen Wagner

Practitioners, analysts, proponents and critics of this thing we do with learning and technology solutions will frequently use all of these terms interchangeably to describe the discipline of using technology for connecting learners with learners, teachers, content, experts and experience.

In Memory of Dr. Kim Foreman

Ellen Wagner

Kim Hyun Deok Foreman, Professor at San Francisco State University, pastor’s wife and missionary to Rwanda passed away Wednesday after an auto accident near the town of Gitarama, Rwanda. still have a hard time looking at those last.

Are YOU the Chief Online Education Officer at your Institution?

Ellen Wagner

If so, we'd like to ask you to invite you to participate in a survey research project. For the third year, WCET is partnering with the Campus Computing Project to conduct the Managing Online Education survey. The survey focuses on. News Online Education Online learning Publishing WCET

Honoring Steve

Ellen Wagner

I have been asking friends if they had been startled at the strength of the emotions he or she has experienced at the passing of Steve Jobs. To a person, each has said yes. I've wondered if some of the.

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Thought You Might be Interested.

Ellen Wagner

in some of the thoughts I shared with my WCET crew today about learning analytics and lessons we can learn from Moneyball. It's an extension of my eLearning Roadtrip post on the same general topic. suppose this gives you. Analytics Higher Education Innovation Learning Trends WCET

In Case You Missed This Part (with thnx 2 @oldaily)

Ellen Wagner

Picking up a thread from yesterday. continue to believe that the most immediate opportunity for demonstrating the value of learning analytics in institutions and enterprises comes from mining existing pools of data in creative and thoughtful ways. But Stephen. Analytics Innovation Research Trends

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What an earthquake taught me about Twitter

Ellen Wagner

We were rudely awakened this past Sunday morning when an earthquake threw us out of bed at 3:20 am. It was a big one. The roar of the quake, the smashing glasses, dishes, and pottery, accompanied by the sound of exploding transformers and the splash of hundreds of gallons of water being thrown out of the pool, was deafening.