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Keynote presentation for Learning Analytics & Knowledge 2012 in Vancouver, BC. May 2, 2012

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    LAK12: Keynote LAK12: Keynote Presentation Transcript

    • Learning Analytics: Envisioning a Research Discipline and a Domain of PracticeGeorge SiemensVancouver, BCMay 2, 2012
    • Growth of LA interestVendorsDriven by externalization of data, new collectionformats
    • Domains of LA activity & impactLearningNetwork analysisContent analysisPersonalization and adaptationPrediction & InterventionSystemic impact 4
    • “All-embracing technique is in fact theconsciousness of the mechanized world.Technique integrates everything. It avoids shockand sensational events” Ellul, 1964
    • Will LA lock-down or open up education?
    • Research-practice gap
    • Inter-disciplinary emphasisTechnical, pedagogical, and social domains mustbe brought into dialogue with each other toensure that interventions and organizationalsystems serve the needs of all stakeholders.
    • Holistic and Integrated Research/ Practice RelationshipsThe U.S. Department of Education has statedthat the “next 5 years will bring an increase inmodels for collaboration between learningsystem designers, researchers, and educators” Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics, 2012
    • To advance as a field, LA researchersand practitioners need to address the following:(a) development of new tools, techniques, andpeople;(b) data: openness, ethics, and scope;(c) target of analytics activity; and(d) connections to related fields andpractitioners.
    • (a) development of new tools, techniques, andpeople;(b) data: openness, ethics, and scope;(c) target of analytics activity; and(d) connections to related fields andpractitioners.
    • Development of tools that are practitioner-focused, rather than researcher-focused
    • Techniques:Discourse analysis, early warningsystems, attention metadata, recommendersystems, tutoring and learner models, networkanalysis, participatory learning and reputationmechanisms, NLP, latent semanticanalysis, information flow, sentimentanalysis, concept development, automatedevaluation, real-time, etc
    • Many analytics techniques are important – areflection of LA’s youth
    • Capacity building: peopleCertificates, research/doctoralseminars, ongoing PDOn: tools, techniques, research models/methods
    • (a) development of new tools, techniques, andpeople;(b) data: openness, ethics, and scope;(c) target of analytics activity; and(d) connections to related fields andpractitioners.
    • The growing prominence of protected IP can(will) hinder iterative and rapid development ofLA techniques
    • Innovation in LA most significant in the vendorspace.Many vendor-driven innovations are closed anddo not meet the basic needs of researchers:open, testable, accessible, and improvablealgorithms and tools
    • OpennessDatasets for researchers & studentsTransparency (algorithms, weighting)Data ownership & access to analytics resultsCultural/contextual: ability to customize
    • Ethics
    • Scope of data capture:moving beyond the LMSanddigital-only view of analytics
    • Integration & usability
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    • (a) development of new tools, techniques, andpeople;(b) data: openness, ethics, and scope;(c) target of analytics activity; and(d) connections to related fields andpractitioners.
    • Beyond technical:LA forsensemakingfor learners, educators, administrators
    • http://thedoghousediaries.com/3426
    • Influencing learning and learning institutions
    • (a) development of new tools, techniques, andpeople;(b) data: openness, ethics, and scope;(c) target of analytics activity; and(d) connections to related fields andpractitioners.
    • Learning SciencesIEDMS
    • Not everyone has one of these:
    • Analytics as a multi-person/skill activityMultiple skillsets rather than only one person(i.e. connected specialization)
    • QuestionsWhat is the balance point betweencomputers/people?Role of theory? Validate theory? Theoryemergence?
    • How will we know we’ve been “successful”?Research-informed tools for analyticsContributions to the science of learning thatinfluences classroom(learning space)-levelpractice through integration LA tools/techniques
    • What is missing?What have you found missing in LAK12?Own the solution
    • Getting involved with SoLARFounding organizations(universities, corporations)
    • SoLAR Flare Practitioner’s Conference: Perspectives from the Trenches October 1-3, 2012 West Lafayette, IN
    • literature and research in three primary domains: networksand social media, learning analytics and datamining, and thefuture of learning and learning institutions.
    • gsiemens@gmail.comTwitter/Facebook: gsiemens