Perspectives on Learning Analytics: Utopian or Dystopian?
Background picture credit: Sarsifa at Flickr. The picture is in fact a 'brain coral' rather than an actual brain. I made the network of nodes myself using Gephi, and overlaid onto the coral image, to contrast digital and biological information networks. Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.
What are the aims of learning? Will learning analytics really measure true learning or is there potential to foster learning how to 'game' the system? The Eightyville grade submittor uses the best in 1970 learning analytics.
Can learning analytics account for creativity? Explore KellyK's photos on Flickr. KellyK has uploaded 2984 photos to Flickr.
Is it really a more personalised or authentic way of assessment, or will it reduce learners to patterns of behaviour or stereotypes? Some old pictures from 2003 you may or may not have seen already. Taken at a mannequin restoration company. Overly dramatic, but some of my favorite photos ever. I love mannequins. Please view as a slideshow or in this set, I put some thought into the order.
What are the ethical issues associated with learning analytics? Do learners realise that their data is being collected? Does this harm their experience? Explore lejoe's photos on Flickr. lejoe has uploaded 2455 photos to Flickr.
Do digital traces accurately reflect the learning process or are they just an artefact of the online environment? Digital Design students experiment with 'Light Painting' using LED Flashlights and a Lightsaber! Find out more about VFS's one-year Digital Design program at
Where is 'the human' in 'the data'? Does 'the human' create 'the data', or is it defined by 'the data'? "Soms verwarde ik mijzelf met mijn schaduw. Zoals men het woord met het woord verwarren kan" G. Kouwenaar Zie verbeeldingskr8
Big data, big brother? If privacy is compromised, does this become a form of surveillance? Surveillance in NYC's financial district.
"Today's analytics techniques could be used to develop a deeper understanding of how students learn, recommend personalized learning plans, and identify early warning flags. Rich data, analytics, and feedback enable a process of iteration and continuous improvement, where educators become learners, and we figure out how to improve education." Our education system is not preparing students for college. There is an urgent need to improve academic outcomes and equip students with critical 21st centur...
Learning Analytics is defined as "the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs." The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) is an inter-disciplinary network of leading international researchers who are exploring the role and impact of analytics on teaching, learning, t…
Digital traces provide more detailed records of the learning process - this can be used to better understand, model and optimise learning. Created with Processing The script generates a chain of waving particles and traces their motion. Created with Processing The script generates a chain of waving particles and traces their motion.
Learning analytics makes use of 'big data' for education - how can we tell if an online learner is engaged, or what they have learnt, by traces of their interaction online.
Potential for more sophisticated and accurate ways of assessing learning, compared to traditional offline assessment methods. more or less activity from population connection
There is great potential for Learning Analytics and MOOCs to be mutually beneficial - MOOCs as a source of data, and Learning Analytics as a way of optimising learning and providing personalisation within a mass class. How can Learning Analytics be used to bring about the true revolution traditionally assumed for MOOCs? With audiences in the thousands of users, the key is mas…

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