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. It may be argued that the relation between ethics and law is such that in a treatment of the ethics of learning analytics we ought also to be concerned with the law in relation to learning analytics.

I need some help

George Siemens

On February 8, I’ll be delivering a talk at TEDxEdmonton’s event Rethinking Open Source Culture. In 2003 I posted a few articles online on open source movements and learning: Open source p.I , Open Source p.II , and Why we should share learning material. I have benefitted enormously from open learning. Open online courses in particular have been among the most significant learning experiences in my life.


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Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens

Earlier this week, I delivered a presentation to TEDxEdmonton on why openness and learning analytics are critical for rethinking the future of education. The theme of the event was on open source culture and whether the promises of open source have been oversold. My argument is that openness has not been oversold and that increased openness (of content, teaching/learning, analytics, policy, data, and technology) is really the only path forward for reform.

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.

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness. At the EDUCAUSE conference in October, they were clear that they wanted to partner with the open educational resources movement. At that point, Pearson had announced open class (look Ma, free LMS!). How do you respond to Open Class?

Reflections on Linux and Mainframes

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Seamless support of open source tools and software, including Apache Spark , Node.js , MongoDB , MariaDB , PostgreSQL , Chef and Docker. The single largest contribution of mainframe code to the open source community, including advanced predictive analytics that constantly monitor for unusual system behavior to help prevent serious system problems. Many welcomed IBM’s strong support of Linux and open source in general.

Open as in commons, not garden

Harold Jarche

I have been a proponent of the open web and open source software for the past decade and more. Google Plus is probably next, as is Google Analytics. I will also look for good platforms that are either open source, like , which powers this site, or services that charge a fee and cater to their customers. This site will remain ad free and open access, not residing on some commercial third-party hosted platform.

Learning as Artifact Creation

George Siemens

This article and work with Stephen Downes formed subsequent development of MOOCs and learning analytics. The gates were opened and everyone was a content creator and everything was subject to user creation. If I lecture on the development of open learning and open source technologies, I’m presenting my voice, my priorities, my values. Digitization is deceptive in that the deep impact isn’t readily observable.

Strata Conference: a few reflections on Day 1

George Siemens

Yesterday, after fortunately meeting up with David Wiley , I spent the day in a “ data bootcamp “ Slides, code, and data sources are available on github. I was less interested in the technical details of the process…and more interested in simplicity of the process and the functionality of open source tools used in performing the analysis. I’m at the Strata Conference this week.

5 ways tech startups can disrupt education

George Siemens

Suggestions: it should be free(mium), grassroots, 21st century learning & teaching, use open content, be open source. Extensively use learning analytics, preferably blurring physical and virtual interactions. As many theorists of innovation have noted, it’s difficult for mature established fields (and corporations, for that matter) to reinvent themselves. Change often comes from the outside.

Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Police agencies hope to do more with less by outsourcing their evaluations of crime data to analytics and technology companies that produce predictive policing systems. Despite wide adoption, predictive policing is still in its infancy, open to bias and hard to evaluate…”. Criminologists, crime analysts and police leaders are excited about the possibilities for experimentation using predictive analytics.

Rejected: On being disappointed, sorta

George Siemens

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. I find conference presentations, blogging, open courses, and interactions online much more satisfying. MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative in 2002 increased attention to open and free sharing of educational course materials (see MIT, 2011). Funding Sources. Cited Sources.

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. Focus on subscription, scheduling, advertising and analytics. Open Source Props Open source software available from Sourceforge ; PHP and MySQL; not updated since 2008.

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

First there was the open source movement (Moodle and Sakai). Another trend - maybe not the way it should be, but it’s where the data point: open source peaked in 2013 at about 34% and since then it has begun to drop. It’s funny with all the talk about open education, the licensing model of the LMS is not going in that direction. A big long-term trend to watch: initially there was a lot of emphasis on analytics, where they say ‘we will analyze the data’.

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To learn, we must do

Harold Jarche

Blogging and connecting led to Google Analytics, Delicious, Flickr, Slideshare, Twitter, and now Google Plus. I quickly learned the value of open sharing which led me to Creative Commons, open source, open education, and open science. As I was preparing to start our online PKM workshop last night, I came across one of the best articles that I have read in a long while that reflects the value of what the PKM framework supports.

Four Conclusions on OERs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Waymaker In an argument worthy of Duns Scotus, Wiley says, Waymaker is, in fact, our name for the way we bring many tools together cohesively, including the open source Pressbooks, Candela, and Open Assessments source code in our GitHub repo. all code underlying Waymaker is in the public repo except the code for the analytics dashboards and messaging services, which we have not yet released as open source.

Etiquette for sharing

Harold Jarche

There are now many to choose from, including open source and full-service analytics. utm_source=feedburner … I use Google Analytics on this site and understand why people want to see their social media traffic. I think it’s important to share as openly as possible. Many people like to share things online. Twitter is full of links to other websites.

LibraryLab funded project librapalooza

David Weinberger

This tool eases the process of adding open access material to open access repositories, including Harvard DASH. ODAV will help to reconcile maps through Open Layers , to overlap and scale them seamlessly. (It Most people are not all that excited about centrally provided services such as bug tracking or source code management. It will be open source software. This open source app lets users browse and search, and reserve the carrel.

[annotation][2b2k] Phil Desenne on Harvard annotation tools

David Weinberger

The collaborative tool has gone from Adobe AIR to Harvard iSites, to open source HTML 5. Plus analytics of these interations. Phil Desenne begins with a brief history of annotation tools at Harvard. There are a lot, for annotating from everything to texts to scrolls to music scores to video. Most of them are collaborative tools. “It’s been a wonderful experience.” ” It’s been picked up by groups in Mexico, South America and Europe.

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My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I also needed to prove that the web could be used for online learning, so I took a guide I had created for my Grande Prairie students, Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies , and published it on my website, openly licensed, free for all to use (the license was based on similar open licensing I had seen in the MUD community). But it was brilliantly engineered; I learned tons by digging through the source, learning how all the Javascript worked, and adapting it for my own purposes.

Two-Speed IT Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The open standards and open source software of the Internet made it much easier to interconnect their disparate systems, - regardless of vendor, architecture or operating systems, - including their PCs, client-server systems and enterprise mainframes. We are seeing a seemingly perfect storm of technology and market innovations , - e.g., mobil, Internet of Things, social, cloud, big data and analytics, artificial intelligence.

MOOCs for Development - Day 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

classes from all over the world - but do they develop the kind of courses specifically targeted to these workers - MOOCs can play a part - the open market concept which aims to break the monopoly on education - broadcast of learning not enough, we need local support - mentors, facilitators, even teachers - eg. is the authorship open or closed - do you want hosted or unhosted etc Maureen McClure - Uni Pittsburgh - who owns development?

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

David Weinberger

We have to better understand and promote Open Access. Publishing is expensive, leading to more emphasis on Open Access. We can do predictive analytics. [ She goes through some analytics with charts that I cannot capture. ]. Fernando covers the the concept of openness, which he sees as a cultural change. Open Source. Open Hardware. Open Education. Open Data. Open Science. (We Open Access, Open Data offer free services.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

It also means reducing spend by using open source technology, exploiting tools that are already being used in other parts of the organisation, and looking for new, faster and better ways to deliver value. That means an attitude of openness and collaboration - joining others on a journey of understanding.

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Daniel on MOOCs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open’ because that’s how we roll. Three major platforms are used for cMOOCs, all of which are free and open source software: 1. I previously posted an item on Sir John Daniel's discussion of MOOCs, but I have added more extensive comments on Tony Bate's review - I rather suspect it is much more likely to be read by him there than on any site of mine. Here is thus the comment I posted: > I will be interested though (as will the author) in your responses to the paper.

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The 20th Anniversary of Linux

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

word of the Linux open source project quickly spread around the globe. A number of the members, highly respected leaders from industry and universities, felt that we should initiate a study on the importance of Linux and open source software in general to the advancement of high-performance computing. We formed the Linux Technology Center , an IBM team of developers who work closely with the Linux open source development community.

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The practical implementation of connectivism is the massive open online course, or MOOC. The CCK08 course and all the other courses we have developed since have been based on open educational resources (OERs). From your web & blog, we found you were a passionate advocate of OER, can you share with us your first experience about open online educational resource? I knew about open educational resources before anyone knew what the term meant.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. Learning Analytics 6. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. The availability of cost-effective resources to facilitate wide collaboration (including open source software that enables wikis, discussion groups, chat and even web conferencing) presents the chance for organizations to reconsider the effectiveness of the performance support being offered to their people.

Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Massive Open Online Course The Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, is a bit of a reaction to this. Very briefly, what I mean by a Massive Open Online Course, is a course that satisfies each of those four terms. By open , I mean, open across many dimensions. Open, not in the sense of anybody can enroll, but open, in the sense of the content is free and open to use, to reuse, and there aren''t limits on the use of the course materials.

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Top posts on Working Smarter for April 2014

Jay Cross

That’s a shame because our personal narrative can be a source of deep insight as well as a great way to amplify impact. Open Learning Analytics GEORGE SIEMENS | FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014. nextweb] The Open Source Bank of Brewster DAVID WEINBERGER | FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014. STEPHEN DOWNES: HALF AN HOUR. APRIL 21, 2014. Connectivism as Learning Theory.

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Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the analysis of the UNESCO OER resolution I provided to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO prior to the discussion and vote on the resolution concerning Open Educational Resources It is now a matter of historical record that the resolution did pass. Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO. Many of these practices are embodied in the concept of ‘open pedagogy’.

[tech@state][2b2k] Real-time awareness

David Weinberger

So, they’re building analytics so people get info summarized in bar charts, etc. Even video analytics, analyzing video content. It’s a real-time news gathering operation happening in an open source newsroom. They are part of an open newsroom. They are potential sources and fact-checkers.” And there are many more sources of info, from tweets that are fast but tend to have more noise, and slower but more validated sources.

Reflections on Innovation, Productivity and Job Creation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But this is now beginning to change , thanks to huge advances in digital technologies, including mobile devices and sensors, information and analytics, cloud computing and broadband wireless networks. Another potential source of new jobs, albeit lower paying ones, will hopefully follow from the rising standard of living made possible by the growth in productivity. The success of open source offerings like Linux is testament to the economic potential of collaborative production.

More from Gnomedex 8

Jay Cross

Sun’s Eve Maler talks of personal digital analytics. laptop theft = immense problem Adeona is the first free, open-source laptop tracking service. Mars Rover, Hubble black-hold searcher, Seattle Ignite, open hardware, etc. Chris Pirillo - Opening Remarks ( EasyEdit ). Opening Remarks ( EasyEdit ) – Chris. From yesterday afternoon: Find more videos like this on Internet Time. Vendor relationship management : CRM in reverse.

Sales eLearning – 21 Great Resources

Tony Karrer

One of the things I love about instructional design is that it engages me both analytically and creatively. Sun Microsystems Uses Open Source and Enterprise Social Software to Build YouTube-Like Portal for Social Learning - Learning on the Leading Edge , March 19, 2009 eLearning Technology. I was asked about approaches for eLearning for Sales People.

Giant Christmas Eve Used Tab Closing Sale

Doc Searls

Love, Life and R: Personal Analytics Gets Real | WIRED. Evolution Going Great, Reports Trilobite | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source. About the program | Open Technology Fund. adblock plus open source code – Google Search. Here ya go, all free. (If If I had time to turn the URLs into text, I would, but I don’t. Merry Christmas, ya’ll.).

Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. You may in certain sense think of this talk, together with the other talks, as a rebuttal to the way institutions are approaching Massive Open Online Courses and open learning generally today. Even the defenders of open content say, "Oh, you''re way over. Especially the most important part: open.

Social (hiccup) CRM tools

Martijn Linssen

The Lithium platform offers a number of connections to the social web (Facebook, Twitter), CRM systems, web analytics, and more. I think it's clear that you want to support the customer with all the tools there are in order to exchange information Communities such as you describe ("pervasive comunities") have been existing for years now, and there are several open source forum apps that support them, and I've participated in more than a few.

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Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. But, a few preliminaries before I start the talk, because it's all about open education. :) This presentation is available now at that website. One of the things we learned was the tension that exists between open online resources and commercial resources. It came, over time, to be called Open Educational Resources.

[2b2k][eim]Digital curation

David Weinberger

This is not a regulatory group; everything will be open source, and progress will be through rough consensus. The same concerns apply to business decisions based on data analytics. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, talked about the Administration’s enthusiasm for Big Data and open access.

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[berkman] Jon Udell on community calendars and computational reasoning

David Weinberger

Jon is writing for Azure (Microsoft’s cloud server), but it’s open source. He points to Jeannette Wing ‘s manifesto [ pdf ]: “To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child’s analytical ability.&# (‘Computational thinking’ as a phrase has marketing challenges, Jon remarks wryly.) I should be the authoritative, controlling source of my data.

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Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

high cost; or campus access in central lab - open couyrses, MOOCs, highly distributed hardware - LabVIEW crosses these two envirnments Centralized lab: eg., matterhorn open source lecture capture - object information is lost Object-based - object remains intact, can be searched, etc - but you need dedicated recording and replay software - eg.

E-Learning Generations

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

( version française ) In recent years I have been working on two major concepts:first, the connectivist theory of online learning, which views learning as anetwork process; and second, the massive open online course, or MOOC, which isan instantiation of that process. This enabled a more fine-grained presentation oflearning content than traditional sources such as textbooks and universitycourses. These principles are, briefly, autonomy, diversity, openness andinteractivity.