Journal of Learning Analytics

George Siemens

Interest in learning analytics is growing. From my biased view, it is critical that educators are aware of the role of analytics in education because of the heaving influence algorithms, data, and analytics have on teaching, learning, and decision making in schools, colleges/universities, and corporate settings. SoLAR just announced the inaugural issue of Journal of Learning Analytics. It is an open access journal.

Open Learning Analytics

George Siemens

While those sensemaking approaches won’t disappear, they will be augmented by data and analytics. Educators often find analytics frustrating. Or can analytics actually measure what matters instead of what is readily accessible in terms of data? All educators need to be familiar with data and analytics approaches, including machine and deep learning models. Open Learning Analytics. Learning Analytics Masters Program (LAMP).

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Handbook of Learning Analytics (open)

George Siemens

When we started the learning analytics conference in 2011 , we aligned with ACM. Prestige, as defined by so called “reputable” journals, is often a requirement for getting government funding for travel. To ensure broader dissemination, and cope with our guilt, of our research, we set up an open journal: Journal for Learning Analytics. We received a fair bit of criticism for not pursuing fully open proceedings.

Stanford Learning Analytics Summer Institute

George Siemens

In the background, many initiatives have continued to advance including entrepreneurship in education, participatory pedagogies, the maker movement, and learning analytics. Through SoLAR , we have been active in setting up a journal in learning analytics, hosting regional events , starting a distributed research lab , and our annual conference. One project that I’m quite excited about is our learning analytics summer institute at Stanford July 1-5, 2013.

Open Symposium: Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment

George Siemens

We ( SoLAR ) are organizing an online symposium on Policy and Strategy for Learning Analytics Deployment. We have a great group of presenters next week. If you are interested, you can join the course here: https://learn.canvas.net/enroll/T3YMLF.

Reflecting on Learning Analytics and SoLAR

George Siemens

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of research and knowledge. Would you be interested in participating in a discussion on educational analytics (process, methods, technologies)? Not everyone was a fan of the idea of learning analytics.

Interactive Journalism, The New York Times and Andrew DeVigal

Adaptive Path

Andrew DeVigal, the multimedia editor at The New York Times, visited us at the Adaptive Path Amsterdam studio on March 22 and gave an interesting talk on interactive journalism. They have analytics, but don't use it that often in their decision-making.

Do you really need all this personal information, @RollingStone?

Doc Searls

Create profiles about you, including adding and combining information we obtain from third parties, which may be used for analytics, marketing, and advertising. adtech advertising Business history Internet Journalism Law marketing Personal personal data publishing Technology VRM

The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

Beth Kanter

The Greenpeace Mobilization Lab has a project proposal idea for a “ Mobilization Journal ” as part of the Knight News Challenge. Data and Analytics: This section shares analysis and data from campaigns and how they applied it. The Mobilisation Journal project on the Knight News Challenge will use the existing journalism and storytelling work already piloted by the Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace and scale it more generally for the social change sector.

If marketing listened to markets, they’d hear what ad blocking is telling them

Doc Searls

Sure, marketers *think* they know what customers want, because they have Big Data and Big Analytics telling them, up to the second, what a customer might want to buy. Three problems with that: 1) there is no direct and conscious two-way interaction with customers; 2) most of the time customers aren’t buying a damn thing; and 3) guesswork based on all that data and analytics is wrong 99.x% advertising Journalism marketing problems Technology VRM

What the ad biz needs is to exorcize direct marketing

Doc Searls

That he’s one of the best writers in journalism adds weight to his judgement. Those files then follow users everywhere to collect data for analytic mills, so the body-snatched ad business can then deliver “a better advertising experience,” as if anybody wants any of it at all. Journalism problems

What’s right with Wikipedia?

Doc Searls

Fowler in The Wall Street Journal. I suppose the Journal story is of the Mighty Falling variety. The Journal’s source is Wikipedia: A Quantitative Analysis , a doctoral thesis by José Phillipe Ortega of Universidad Rey San Carlos in Madrid. In our own analytics, we choose to define editors as people who have made at least 5 edits. Tags: Blogging Journalism News infrastructure problems radio

Bad is Stronger than Good: Why Eliminating the Negative is More.

Bob Sutton

Six Business Books to Read on the Beach -- Wall Street Journal. Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. I  had a piece appear today in the Wall Street Journal called "How a Few Bad Apples Can Ruin Everything," a topic I have written on before and her, especially, in Good Boss, Bad Boss.  Whats in the Journals, May 2007 | Economist.com. Bob Sutton. About Subscribe to this blogs feed Email Me Follow Me @ work_matters.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Spyware Alert - Thx to DArcy Norman

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « "Games trainers play" (Washington Business Journal) | Main | Foucault, Control and the LMS » April 21, 2007 Spyware Alert - Thx to DArcy Norman A big shout out to DArcy Norman for noticing that Sitemeter (yes, I know Im not linking to it.thats on purpose), a web site analytics tool that I also have been using, has recently begun "inserting cookies for an advertising company.

A Concise and Brilliant Peer-Reviewed Article on Writer's Block.

Bob Sutton

Six Business Books to Read on the Beach -- Wall Street Journal. Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. It was published by Dennis Upper in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis in 1974, and is funny, true, and inspired -- and a great demonstration that "brevity is the soul of wit." Whats in the Journals, May 2007 | Economist.com. Bob Sutton. About Subscribe to this blogs feed Email Me Follow Me @ work_matters.

Organizing Big Data Initiatives: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a recent CIO Journal article, Is There a Leadership Vacuum for Big Data? , About 80 percent of the participating companies said that they were already using big data and analytics to a greater or lesser extent.

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Doc Searls’ "The Adblock War" series

David Weinberger

” Since August 12, Doc’s been posting what I can only call an in-depth, analytical, evidence-based rant. Dealing with Boundary Issues (1 October 2015 in Linux Journal ). Adblocking is, as Doc Searls claims, “ the biggest boycott in human history.” It is not to be missed. Separating advertising’s wheat and chaff (12 August 2015). Apple’s content blocking is chemo for the cancer of adtech (26 August 2015).

Traditional Data Analysis and Data Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently participated in an industry panel on Redefining BI & Analytics in the Cloud at a conference in New York. In my opinion, data science should be viewed as a multidisciplinary evolution from business intelligence and analytics.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A key finding was that between 1980 and 2015, jobs in occupations requiring high social and analytical skills had the highest growth. Employment in occupations requiring higher levels of analytical skills, - e.g., quantitative, computer usage, - increased by 77%.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A successful program requires firms to address many elements of a digital and analytics transformation: identify the business case, set up the right data ecosystem, build or buy appropriate AI tools, and adapt workflow processes, capabilities, and culture.”. AI is now seemingly everywhere.

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Getting past broken cookie notices

Doc Searls

As the notice points out, the site uses “necessary cookies,” “analytics cookies” (defaulted to On, in case you can’t tell from the design of that switch), and (below that) “social cookies.” One way to start thinking about this is as a need for cookies go the other way : I wrote about that last year at Linux Journal in a post by that title. Go to the Alan Turing Institute.

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Universities generally do a pretty good job when it comes to teaching hard skills, - engineering methods, technology, analytical tools, finance, marketing, and so on. Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world?

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

What I haven’t done as much of, however, is publish in traditional journals and texts. However, the focus of this research chair on learning innovation and analytics captured my interest and I decided to apply (obviously informing my colleagues at Athabasca University of my intent. Which learning analytics and data mining models and algorithms assist learners in building self-awareness in ensuring learner success?

Blogging Strategies

Clark Quinn

I have people that follow my blog; I know this from both statcounter and google analytics. My own blogging has switched from being an invitation for discussion (which was unsuccessful) to more of a journal of my thoughts as they pop into my head. The third week of Web 2.0 for Learning Professionals Free Online Course (you can jump in at any time) is all about Blogs for Learning.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A growing number of articles have been extolling the value of T-shaped professionals , that is, individuals who combine deep cognitive, analytical, and/or technical skills in a specific discipline, with broad multidisciplinary, social skills.

Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

George Siemens

An important challenge exists, however, in that existing research stays in journals and conference proceedings and often doesn’t make it into practice as quickly or with as much impact as is needed. Build on existing research in learning sciences, online, blended, and distance learning, as well as data mining and learning analytics. Higher education is digitizing. All aspects of it, including administration, teaching/learning, and research.

Post Doctoral Position at UTA

George Siemens

publishing in the major journals in the field; - interacting with some stakeholder (internal and external to the university) groups/partners; - institutional collaboration and knowledge transfer/translation to Texas and national university systems. I’m pleased to announce a new post doc position at LINK Research Lab at University of Texas Arlington (we will be announcing several additional positions in the next month in various topic areas).

Non-Research Citations in the Siemens Research Study

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics: An Issue Brief (No. A meta-analytic review of factors that influence the effectiveness of Web-based training within the context of distance learning. Retrieved from [link] (Not inmcluding half a dozen Proquest results, no journal cited, can't access database) (Also not including a large number of references from medical journals which had no apparent educational-based oversight

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Precision Farming Increases Crop Yields - “Combining sensors and imaging of every plant with real-time data analytics improves farm outputs and reduces waste”.

What Makes a Company Good at IT?

Andy McAfee

My MIT Center for Digital Business colleague Erik Brynjolfsson and I published an article in the Wall Street Journal on April 25. ’ The piece that ran in the Journal ended up being very short, and included no graphics.

The future of higher education and other imponderables

George Siemens

New findings are shared at international conferences and published in journals. Academics publish and review for many closed academic journals. The research topics are: social networks and media, data and analytics, and systemic change in higher education.

Daily Outline

Doc Searls

Journalism. Storyful and the open newsroom: Journalism gets better when more people do it. Forget “post-PC”—pervasive computing and cloud will change the nature of IT: In the next five years, mobile tech and analytics will change how we work. By Ann Kadet in The Wall Street Journal. By Ted Mann in The Wall Street Journal. A Weekend Interview with Craig Zucker, by Sohrab Ahmari, in The Wall Street Journal. Life on Earth.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A key finding was that between 1980 and 2015, jobs in occupations requiring high social and analytical skills had the highest growth. Employment in occupations requiring higher levels of analytical skills, - e.g., quantitative, computer usage, - increased by 77%. And jobs in occupations requiring both high social and analytical skills, - e.g., managerial, teaching, - grew the fastest at 94%. What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines?

A Qualified Fail

Doc Searls

I’m also working with Linux Journal (where I’ve recently been elevated to editor-in-chief) to make it one of the first publishers to agree to friendly terms its readers proffer. Power of the People is a great grabber of a headline, at least for me.

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How adtech, not ad blocking, breaks the social contract

Doc Searls

Yes, cases can be made for innocent forms of tracking, such as anonymized data gathering for analytics that improve what websites do. That’s when The Wall Street Journal published The Web’s Gold Mine: Your Secrets , subtitled A Journal investigation finds that one of the fastest-growing businesses on the Internet is the business of spying on consumers. Let’s reset our thinking to what a user’s expectations are, when operating a browser and interacting with pages and sites.

[shorenstein] Managing digital disruption in the newsroom

David Weinberger

This gave him the sense that whether or not newspapers will survive, journalism will. Companies can be disrupted, but for journalism it means that for every legacy publisher that’s disrupted, there are new entrants that enter at the low end and move up market. that said that you may start with aggregation and cute kittens, but as you move up market you need higher quality journalism that brings in higher-value advertising. We also need better realtime analytics.

Reflections on Big Data, Data Science and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In Deconstructing Big Data , a blog recently published in the WSJ’s CIO Journal , professor, consultant and author Tom Davenport wrote: . “I

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Help! My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd

Beth Kanter

Or maybe you have a board member who works in the business world and is or has connections to people who work in finance, market research, or analytics. Google offers the free MOOC called “ Google Analytics Academy.”

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Do we really want the Web to be a strip mall when it grows up?

Doc Searls

For example, an ad for laundry detergent that appears next to a story about little league baseball on the YourTown Journal site may not be placed by the detergent maker, its ad agency or the YourTown Journal. On FlightAware I see three spaces filled with the same message.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A successful program requires firms to address many elements of a digital and analytics transformation: identify the business case, set up the right data ecosystem, build or buy appropriate AI tools, and adapt workflow processes, capabilities, and culture.”. A common theme throughout the report is that the same players who were leaders in the earlier waves of digitization and analytics are now leading in the AI wave. AI is now seemingly everywhere.

Flickr to Pro customers: no change

Doc Searls

There’s just ScoreCard Research Beacon and Yahoo Analytics. Linux Journal. The second I share with other people at Linux Journal. Flickr has updated its service. For me, this appears in the form of index page copy that begins, Dear Doc, as a Pro member continue to enjoy the benefits of unlimited space, an ad free experience and stats.

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[liveblog] International Conf. of Univ. Libs: Morning talks

David Weinberger

Help students decide which journals to publish in. We can do predictive analytics. [ She goes through some analytics with charts that I cannot capture. ]. That kind of capability has upset the traditional mindset of librarians that if it was published in a reputable scholarly journal, it must be ok. Saul: Library catalogs are no longer the trustworthy source for journal titles that we hold.

Almost daily link pile

Doc Searls

Patrick Minnis, Atmospheric Sciences, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia and J.Kirk Ayers, Rabindra Palikonda and Dung Phan, Analytical Services and Materials, Inc., Journalism. Thinkings. Quote of the day: “You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant.” Jeremy England of MIT , in A New Physics Theory of Life , by Natalie Wolchover in Quanta.