New MOOC: Data, Analytics, & Learning

George Siemens

This fall, together with colleagues, I’ll be offering an open course on edX: Data, Analytics, and Learning. From the description: In education, the use of data and analytics to improve learning is referred to as learning analytics. Analytics have not yet made the impact on education that they have made in other fields. The era of data and analytics in learning is just beginning.

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?

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Johns Hopkins Academic Freedom Statement - An Analytical Representation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

My analysis treats the document as a whole, but maintains reference to the two parts as follows: (*) Means the point was made separately in paragraph 5 (**) Means the point was made separately in paragraph paragraph 8 Academic Freedom - Analysis and Discussion Definition: the liberty to speak and learn and invite others to do the same, to create and pursue research, and to participate, on and off campus, in public debate they should be free to rebut or even condemn.

Is Your Future Boss Horrible? A 10 Point Reference Check - Bob.

Bob Sutton

Davenport: Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. A 10 Point Reference Check.    We developed ten "reference check"  questions that you can ask people who have worked with and for your prospective boss -- or perhaps had him or her as a client -- to help determine if you are at risk of going to work for an asshole. Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Is Your Future Boss Horrible? Bob Sutton.

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.

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.

Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into.


Home > Learning Content Management , Social Learning > Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into Formal Learning Four Ways User-Generated Content (UGC) Can Make its Way into Formal Learning January 20th, 2010 Goto comments Leave a comment This past week, I’ve been reading and referring to Jane Hart’s article The State of Social Learning Today and some Thoughts for the Future of L&D in 2010 quite a bit. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

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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Can Democracy and Free Markets Survive in the Coming Age of AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Economist essay references the work of George Washington University professor Henry Farrell , who explored this question in a recent article, Seeing Like a Finite State Machine. Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?

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My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

called something like 'Welcome to the Internet' (I don't have the reference, but it's somewhere in my online corpus ). Weller also references the term PLN, or 'personal learning network', which refers to the network of connections a person makes using social network services.

Something weird is happening at Coursera

George Siemens

He was referring to the Massive Teaching course on Coursera that he was to run in June. Given heightened concerns about ethics in social media and experimentation on users, MOOC providers and faculty need to be clear on any research and analytics being conducted. Something weird is happening at Coursera. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but have boiled it down to two options. Both are problematic. A bit of background.

Announcing Bravais 1.2!


Users that have both Xyleme LCMS and Bravais have a huge advantage- consolidated analytics. Furthermore, because Xyleme follows an Agile Development process, analytics will soon be enhanced with new features such as social comments and ratings on a continuous basis. Bravais 1.2

Institutional Innovation - I Have a Dream

John Hagel

As I explore this dream, I’m going to refer to a lot of the work we’ve been doing at the Center for the Edge since I’ve been pursuing this dream for a quite a while. Everyone talks about transformation these days, but the term is used so loosely that it’s begun to lose all meaning. I recently wrote a blog post suggesting that the ultimate test of transformation is whether the caterpillar became a butterfly – is it so different that it’s unrecognizable?

Learning Styles, ha, ha, ha, ha

Jay Cross

We have, in this review, for instance, referred to: convergers versus divergers. imaginative versus analytic learners. lefts/analytics/inductives/successive processors.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

We were tied into many bespoke systems – there were some standards and reference models to make things slightly easier, but our efforts were were still stuck on point-solutions. A Revolution or a Slow Demise?

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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.

Deep Learning: Is it Approaching a Wall?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The data requirements for deep learning are substantially different from those of other analytic methods in a number of dimensions. The performance of traditional analytics tends to plateau as the data set size increases.

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So I have a lens that says ‘Be careful what you wish for’.” - References AU MBA – “fellow deans of business thought I was completely bonkers” – took over 50% of exec MBA market in the country Things that will force us to change - - Globa spend on education: $6.5

What is a Learning Content Management System (LCMS)?


Whether you want to see analytics. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding Learning Content Management Systems. When most people hear the phrase “Learning Content Management System,” they usually think “Oh, an LMS.”

The domain of disorder (ii)

Dave Snowden

I was also starting the realise the impact of inattentional blindness best illustrated by this famous reference from Drew, Vo & Wolfe (Psychol Sci. Experts tend to complain they need more time and resource to use their analytical skills.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The relationship between computing and data goes back to the early days of what we then referred to as the data processing industry. These early analytics applications dealt mostly with structured information.

The Business Value of Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In agriculture, a monoculture refers to the practice of growing a single strain of a high yield crop or raising a specialized, fast growing livestock breed in a farming system.

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Determinism, Best Practice, and the ‘Training Solution’

Charles Jennings

Where good practice can be defined, training and development may also help by building better analytical capability and judgement.

The Challenges of Executing a Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The 2018 MIT CIO Symposium will take place on May 23. This year’s Symposium will be focused on the challenges of executing a digital transformation strategy. It’s no longer enough to have formulated a digital strategy for the business.

Site Learnings

Clark Quinn

Now, I’d try to do this once I’d gotten all my sites tied into Google Analytics, including searching the WP file folders, and browsing a number, to no avail. Specifically, even though my site was registering in Google Analytics, it wasn’t validated with the Search Console. I’m now registered with the Search Console, with current Analytics code. This may well be a problem in my own referring sites (e.g.

Post Doctoral Position at UTA

George Siemens

The skills/employment gap refers to the relationship between what learners know and can do when they graduate and what employers expect. 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 role of informal social networks in building organizational creativity and innovation

Ross Dawson

However what I particularly picked up on was the report’s references to the use of social network analysis. It also discusses social network analytics in mapping collaboration. Challenge your analytical and creative talents to design data so that it tells a story.

Non-Research Citations in the Siemens Research Study

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Here they are, collected from the references at the end of the various articles: Allen, C. 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.

Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It found that employment growth was highest in occupations requiring higher social or analytical skills, - those skills we most associate with a college education.

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AI - the Creation of a Human-Centric Engineering Discipline

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Machine and deep learning are the latest examples of tools like the World Wide Web, search and analytics that are helping us cope with and take advantage of the huge amounts of information all around us. AI is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era.

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The Guru Problem

Martijn Linssen

” Fun side note: “simple NLP” refers to noun-phrase understanding. that mattered more than any of the tools or analytics. Years back, I had the good fortune to talk with David Gilmour, back when he was deeply involved in the Tacit Knowledge System.


Luis Suarez

I am pretty certain you know exactly what I am referring to, if you have been keeping up to date with different local and global events over such short period of time.

practice, creativity, and insight

Harold Jarche

“The machine versus human debate has actually divided big data analytics experts into two camps. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The IT industry has long been associated from what’s been called the Solow productivity paradox , in reference to Robert Solow's 1987 quip: “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.

Increasing “Jointness” and Reducing Duplication in DoD Intelligence

Martijn Linssen

While modest gains have been made in breaking down “stovepipes,” the initial energy of these “collaborative” efforts has waned and increased spending has largely cemented bad habits: siloed analytic reporting that fuels massive duplication of effort.

Challenge the Status Quo


Analytics become meaningful and actionable once you unlock learning content from the confines of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) course. How does your company plan learning and development initiatives?

The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Economist’ s May 6 issue referred to data in its cover as the world’s most valuable resource.

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Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not for nothing do we refer to the changes accompanying disruptive innovations as creative destruction , the powerful force that rejuvenates the economy in Joseph Schumpeter’s 70 year old theory.

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The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It doesn’t matter whether the goods or services are digital or physical. “ It refers to the way that the supply chain process is managed…”. The evolution from traditional to digital supply chains is driven by five key game changers: Real Time Big Data and Analytics.

Remaking education in the image of our desires

George Siemens

From the references to Milken’s presentation during the conference, it was clear that he applied that lens to education. Teachers and educators were most often referred to negatively. Data & analytics.

The Importance of Personalized Learning – Part 1 of 3 – K12


Most applicants are addressing the RTT personalization requirement with technology that uses data analytics to identify learning needs, and tools to manage a student’s personal learning plan.

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Referent to EDUCAUSE ‘Next Generation Digital Learning Environment’. A big long-term trend to watch: initially there was a lot of emphasis on analytics, where they say ‘we will analyze the data’. The big thing is data access; analytics is more secondary.

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2 Secrets for Promoting Learning Transfer in LMS-Based Corporate Training


Most Learning Management Systems feature reporting and analytics tools that also allow you to pinpoint areas of your eLearning course that may be lacking, as well as where it excels. Microlearning refers to learning that is delivered in small chunks.