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Themes in Learning Analytics - a critical view


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Adam cooper from CETIS speaks at Talis Insight 2015

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Themes in Learning Analytics - a critical view

  1. 1. Themes in Learning Analytics – A Critical View Adam Cooper Talis Insight 2015 #laceproject #cetisuk
  2. 2. No-one REALLY knows what Learning Analytics is! 2
  3. 3. Defining [Learning] Analytics Analytics is the process of developing actionable insights through problem definition and the application of statistical models and analysis against existing and/or simulated future data. Adam Cooper Learning analytics is 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. Society for Learning Analytics Research 3
  4. 4. What is Life? Life is the period between birth and death, which may include episodes of reproduction. 4
  5. 5. In Broken Images He is quick, thinking in clear images; I am slow, thinking in broken images. He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images; I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images, Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance; Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance. Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact, Questioning their relevance, I question the fact. When the fact fails him, he questions his senses; When the fact fails me, I approve my senses. He continues quick and dull in his clear images; I continue slow and sharp in my broken images. He in a new confusion of his understanding; I in a new understanding of my confusion. Robert Graves 5
  6. 6. Four Recurrent Themes 6
  7. 7. The Four Themes Are: • Data Warehouses • Dashboards • Predictive Analytics • Retention and “Intervention” Systems A Critical View! 7
  8. 8. Data Warehouses OK, we need to manage data, but… 8
  9. 9. Dashboards 9
  10. 10. Predictive Analytics The epitome of analytics? Technically sophisticated… but, like a space-alien ray gun, is it safe for us to use? 10
  11. 11. Retention and Intervention Systems Watch Cath Ellis! 11
  12. 12. A Response 12
  13. 13. We Don’t REALLY Know, but… Strategies for discovery • Converse & Socially-construct knowledge • Share • Open practice Strategies for doing • Action research • Small is beautiful • Open systems • People in the system • Start from current practice 13 • Participative design
  14. 14. Learning Analytics Community Exchange Project workshops – presentations – white papers – blogging evidence hub – network of associates 14 Suppliers Entrepreneurs Teachers Learners Researchers Policy-makers Library Academic managers Institutional managers IT staff Student services
  15. 15. “Themes in Learning Analytics – A Critical View” by Adam Cooper, Cetis, was presented at Talis Insight on April 15th 2015. This work was undertaken as part of the LACE Project, supported by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme, grant 619424. These slides are provided under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence: Some images used may have different licence terms. @laceproject 15 Come and talk with me
  16. 16. Credits Thinking boy outline - from the US government EPA "Sunwise" program Data warehouse overview – public domain – Hhultgren via wikimedia commons Learn Course At-a-Glance – Blackboard Analytics for Learn IBM Coremetircs Explore Arrivals – CC BY T. Gregorius via wikimedia commons Special Intervention Unit – CC BY Hexogen Via wikimedia commons 16