1. Using widgets to support awareness and reflection in a PLE setting Rebecca Ferguson & Simon Buckingham Shum The Open University Ruth Deakin Crick University of Bristol
2. What is a research blog?
3. Changing and learning Learning relationships Strategic awareness Resilience Creativity Meaning making Critical curiosity LI I I I I I I I I I I I I I I I
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5. Research challenges <ul><li>Privacy issues – exposing reflection to classmates and to the world at large </li></ul><ul><li>Clarity – Can teachers and learners set this up and run it without support? </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One school = 1000 pupils +200 each year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ten schools = 10,000 pupils +2000 each year </li></ul></ul>
6. What should we focus on? <ul><li>Providing structures for reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Providing language to support reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Providing visualisations that help learners to navigate and extend their reflection. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning analytics and recommendations </li></ul>
7. What are learning analytics? The use of data and models to predict student progress and performance, and the ability to act on that information EDUCAUSE (2010) nextgenlearning.org dougclow.wordpress.com
8. Five-year research agenda <ul><li>Develop ethical frameworks and learning analytics that will enable us to change our assessment practices to support learning in these new educational environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop recommendation engines that use these analytics to provide personalised recommendations that support learning and that are valued by learners, teachers and society. </li></ul>