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.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

Beth Kanter

For many nonprofits, Google Analytics is the tool of choice for measuring traffic, reach, engagement, and action primarily because it is free. While it is somewhat easy to use, some of the more valuable features may require a little tutoring to understand and use.

Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

Beth Kanter

Learning Analytics comes from a report about the impact of emerging technologies for practitioners in a field. Two or three years to adoption: Learning Analytics (K-12/Higher Ed), Open Content (K-12), Games and Gamification (Higher Ed). Learning and Knowledge Analytics.

SXSW: What Social Media Analytics and Data Can’t Tell You

Beth Kanter

I’m just back from the SXSW Interactive Festival where I was on a panel called “ What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You ” moderated by Alexandra Samuel of Vision Critical , Jeremiah Owyang , Crowd Companies, and Colby Flint, Discovery Channel.

Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This past semester I was involved in an interesting course at MIT’s Sloan School of Management , - Analytics Labs (A-Lab). A-Lab’s objective is to teach students how to use data sets and analytics to address real-world business problems.

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Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

In a few weeks, our edX course Data, Analytics, and Learning (#DALMOOC https://www.edx.org/course/utarlingtonx/utarlingtonx-link5-10x-data-analytics-2186 ) will start. This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. Adapting a course on learning analytics is more challenging as the problems are much less well-formed.

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Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN)

George Siemens

From a broad overview, the goal of the grant is to improve the depth and quality of research in digital learning. 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.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

Beth Kanter

The assessment helps nonprofits look at eight different areas: Technology, Content, Channels/Devices, Audiences, Analytics, User Experience, and Governance. We kicked off the session with a brief overview of the framework by Jo Wolfe, who created it.

Distributed research lab: request for feedback

George Siemens

Educational datamining and learning analytics. I’ve posted an overview of the research lab and would appreciate your thoughts/comments on how to improve this , any interest, etc. One of the things that I like most about blogging and social media is the ability to share partially-formed ideas and open them to critique. As I stated in a previous post , I recently had a mild disappointment in enacting a research project.

Post Doctoral Position at UTA

George Siemens

Overview: The relationship between work and formal education is changing. 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). The first position, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, is focused on assessing labour market data, specifically how the changing nature of work impact higher education institutions.

What does it mean to be human in a digital age?

George Siemens

A large initiative at University of Texas Arlington is the formation of a new department called University Analytics (UA). UA will be the central data and learning analytics department at UTA. I know I’ve missed several projects, but at least the above list provides an overview of what we’ve been doing. It has been about 30 months now since I took on the role to lead the LINK Research Lab at UTA. (I

Design principles in DSS software

Dave Snowden

For the moment I had the task of providing a quick overview of what I thought was important in the next generation of RAHS, some of which was in the original vision. Both are important, but there is too great a tendency to want to black box analytics.

Personal Learning MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Week 5 – March 21 – Learning and Performance Support Systems - an Overview Core concepts of the LPSS.me environment are examined, including personal learning records, personal learning analytics.

Finally, A Clear Shift in Attitudes About Measuring Social Media

Beth Kanter

And, it isn’t just San Francisco, it looks like many nonprofits are beginning to understand that it is a waste of time to measure vanity metrics and it essential to focus on outcomes-based measurement as this high level overview from Froggy Loop Blog implies.

How Much Time Should Your Nonprofit Invest In Different Social Media Channels?

Beth Kanter

This informative post is based on a recent webinar presented by the Ad Council provides an overview of how to understand the return on your time investment. Measure program success, not just analytics. Analytics are just one indicator of success. Flickr Photo by Yung Tsai.

Remaking education in the image of our desires

George Siemens

Michael Moe followed Crow’s presentation with an overview of the EI Summit and an analysis of change in society and education. The list isn’t exhaustive, but it does provide an overview of corporate activity in education. Data & analytics.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Program Overview The Skills Challenge Despite existing levels of unemployment in Canada, more than a quarter million jobs go unfilled, many because no candidates can be found.

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Strata Conference: a few reflections on Day 1

George Siemens

Hilary Mason and Drew Conway provided a great overview of how to extract and visualize email data (slides and code included in the github link). I’m obviously a bit biased due to running the Learning and Knowledge Analytics open course and conference (only a few weeks to register!). I’m at the Strata Conference this week. It’s the first conference I’ve intended in years where I don’t have to speak or do anything except listen and learn.

Notes from ELI 2015 Riyadh - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

How Your Nonprofit Can Make the Most of Its LinkedIn Profile

Beth Kanter

Page Analytics : With this feature, organizations can be more informed than ever about their network following.

An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills

David Weinberger

Overview of the MOOC for basic skills plan. We’re currently working with a number of folks to try and stitch together analytics for participants in a course so that they a student can track their own participation and compare it to others.

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Mapping metrics

Harold Jarche

Beth Kanter shares her presentation on Mapping metrics to strategy (with slide show) focused on non-profits using social media: The session will share an overview of why the sequence listen, learn, and adapt is critical to implementing a successful social media strategy.

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here's a demo of our site Hosted service, plans at $19, $39, $99 / month For an overview, see the case study Joomla (+ K2 ) and Wordpress newspaper packages - still looking. Focus on subscription, scheduling, advertising and analytics. Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. These are sites set up using Drupal and then expanded with various modules.

Embrace the Data, Change the World

Beth Kanter

The audience consisted of data geeks, data scientists, and analytics professionals! @ kdpaine gets her hands on the book right before #emetrics keynote instagr.am/p/QTTfRJlZjl/. p/QTTfRJlZjl/. Beth Kanter (@kanter) October 3, 2012.

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How To Make Sense of Your Social Media Metrics

Beth Kanter

I enjoyed breaking down each step of the sense-making process because for some this is the mysterious part of the measurement process. The participants has a selection of resources to draw from for each step or just an overview – so they could go as deep as they wanted.

Applying Avinash Kaushik’s Best Social Metrics Framework for the New Facebook Insights Data

Beth Kanter

What social media analytics should we pay attention to? And the nuts and bolts questions like, “Given all the Facebook changes , what do I need to understand about the new Facebook metrics and the Insights analytics program?”

Facilitation Card Decks | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

the frotn of the card has a little drawing, and the backs give an overview of either a method, approach or tool.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Creativity, Innovation and Design

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are creative disciplines - and a college of arts, for heavens sake - doing side-by-side with the hard, analytical disciplines that are charged with pushing the economy into the future - engineering and management, technology and business?

Unlocking Data for Philanthropy: Notes from Global Philanthropy Forum Session

Beth Kanter

Kirkpatrick gave an overview of how data is being used for international development. They are using both big data, data mining, predictive analytics, and “ big listening.”

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Notes from: MOOCs for Development

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

is really present in OER - OER does not need to find a sustainable business model, just needs a value network Tracking how learners learn in different contexts MOOCs and International Development Papa Youga Dieng - OIF - overview of Organisastion internationale de la francophonie - strategic plan 2005-2015 - support for education - projects - www.examen.sn Welcoming Intro Ezekiel Emmanue l - MOOCs ''democratizing'' education? (vs?

Kirschner, Sweller, Clark (2006) - Readings

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Doug Holton EdTechDev [link] Problem-based learning (see this overview) in particular is anything BUT "minimally guided." Converging evidence from diverse methodological and analytic strategies verifies that perceived self-efficacy and personal goals enhance motivation and performance attainments. Note: I'm posting this as an example of the reading I have done while reviewing an academic paper.