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Presentation at LAK14, the fourth international conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Indianapolis, March 2014.

Presentation at LAK14, the fourth international conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Indianapolis, March 2014.

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    Data Wranglers: Human data interpreters to close the feedback loop Data Wranglers: Human data interpreters to close the feedback loop Presentation Transcript

    • Data Wranglers: Human data interpreters to close the feedback loop Doug Clow Institute of Educational Technology The Open University, UK
    • The Open University • Largest university in the UK • 200,000 students • 7,000 tutors • 1,000 academic staff • Supported open learning Milton Keynes
    • At scale, each year • 600 courses • > 200,000 students • > 1 million assignments • > 1 billion views of OU/BBC coproductions • > 3 million Moodle transactions per day Photo (cc) Marieke IJsendoorn-Kuijpers http://www.flickr.com/photos/mape_s/333862026//
    • data wrangling
    • “Learning is a complex social activity” (Siemens, 2012) • Lots of data • Lots of tools • Humans to make sense Photo CC (BY) Tobias Lindman on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cowb0y2000/6243008944/
    • Data Wrangling • Institutional capacity building • 8 Wranglers • Faculty link • Regular reports
    • Data • Delivery data • Completion, pass rates, demographics Pelophylax perezi Photo CC (BY-SA) Paulo Brandão on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulobrandao/3567716506/ • Student feedback • Activity data (Moodle)
    • Photo CC (BY) Preneur d‟Image on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/surbykids/9368298544/ Report Process • Briefing discussion • Data analysis and report writing • Draft discussion • Final report
    • Photo (cc)-BY-NC nataliej on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nataliejohnson/2122722198/ • Scrutiny in draft • Standard document template • Executive summary • Recommendations Quality assurance
    • Responsive „quick reports‟ Photo (CC)-BY Mark Dumont on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wcdumonts/9256493975/ Doing extras
    • reaction
    • users data
    • users data
    • users data
    • examples
    • 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Forum Wiki Pages Quiz Unique visits per week to VLE components for one course
    • Course use of Elluminate Students using Elluminate None 18% Informal 27% General student support 35% Specified activities not assessed 49% Specified activities referenced in assessment 95% Usage of Elluminate broken down by course use of Elluminate for one Faculty between 2011- 2012.
    • conclusions
    • Photo CC (BY-NC-SA) quas on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/quas/1703493/ Evaluation: • Data quality • Data quantity • Unevenness • High cost • Slow • Bottom up
    • Photo CC (BY-NC) Alexey Kljatov on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaoticmind75/9516811453/ It is only through the detailed process of engagement and dialogue between analysts, stakeholders and the data that insight and organisational change are developed.
    • • Gill Kirkup, Mary Thorpe, Alison Ashby & her team – esp. Vicky Marsh and Jim Peard • Oliver Millard • Evaghn DeSouza • My fellow Data Wranglers Thanks to …
    • Doug Clow @dougclow dougclow.org doug.clow@open.ac.uk This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License
    • cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by David Goehring: http://flickr.com/photos/carbonnyc/33413040/
    • Doing extras • 60 points vs 30 points Photo (CC)-BY Steve Snodgrass on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/4034636727/
    • cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by zzpza: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zzpza/3269784239/ Workshops • Integrated/joint Learning Design/Data Wrangling • Module production workshops –Intensive all-week workshop –Many presentations (LTS, other relevant modules) –IET: Data Wrangling and Learning Design
    • (CC) Eoin Gardner on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/18091975@N00/5310045271/ The impersonal is political • Data used as weaponry in ongoing battles
    • Data • Delivery data • Completion, pass rates, demographics Photo CC (BY-NC) ChaoticMind75 on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaoticmind75/8629790711/ • Student feedback • Activity data (Moodle)