Notes On "Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In my post referencing the ICDE's Global Guidelines: Ethics in Learning Analytics yesterday I said: This document summarizes the considerations of an ICDE working group on learning analytics. The presumption throughout is that a global ethic in learning analytics is needed, can be known, and comprehends the issues in this document. Definition and purpose of the use of Learning Analytics Where is data drawn from? What data must be included in learning analytics?

Beyond Machine Learning: Capturing Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Deep learning is a powerful statistical technique for classifying patterns using large training data sets and multi-layer AI neural networks. Machine learning is a statistical modelling technique, like data mining and business analytics , which finds and correlates patterns between inputs and outputs without necessarily capturing their cause-and-effect relationships. Why are there such universal human activity patterns?

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from enlightenment to entanglement

Harold Jarche

We may discern some patterns from the past but our current challenges — as we shift to an electric-digital-networked age — are unique. Unlike the Enlightenment, where progress was analytic and came from taking things apart, progress in the Age of Entanglement is synthetic and comes from putting things together.

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media and massages

Harold Jarche

I’ve argued elsewhere that those of us in education research would do ourselves a favor if we would make our assumptions more explicit, as well as the limitations of the tools in our analytic toolbox—what problems are our methods well suited to answer and what can’t we answer? Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Jill Watson) – AU/Ryerson looking at engaging students using chatboths o Automated content generation – Washington Post uses AI to write 1000 articles this year o Quality assurance for OERs, analytics - Simuations for Learning o Flight training, engineering, geography, history o Banff Centre – “conversation between students and Abraham Lincoln” o Esp.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Abstract The growth and development of learning analytics has placed a range of new capacities into the hands of educational institutions. The ethics of learning analytics will therefore need to be developed on criteria specific to education. 2019) Ethical Codes As Standards of Conduct While ethics commonly applies to people in general, there is a specific class of ethics that applies to people by virtue of their membership in a professional group. Neelakantan, 2019).

Reflections on the Later Stages of Our Careers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In particular, the essay explains why in July of 2019 at the age of 55, he concluded that it was time to resign his decades-long position as president of the prestigious American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School.