Learning Analytics Community Exchange
This work was undertaken as part of the LACE Project, supported by the European Commission Seventh
Framework Programme, grant 619424.
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What on earth could justify
another attempt at
MOOCs have been (and continue to be) a lot of fun but it has been
Now we need some slow time to mull over lessons learned
Is there a Business model for MOOCs?
• A Research focused university
Space to play, money is not an issue
• A Teaching focused university
Freemium? Re-bundling? Need to make money
• A New market entrant
NEETS, meeting unmet needs, who pays???
Open Knowledge Wikipedia &
Brian and Simon with three other noble participants
Brian explained a lot about Wikipedia
Simon focused on questions of culture/governance
lWikipedia: “five pillars” - the fourth in particular
Wide and free-ranging discussion covering the interests
of the participants …
“fired my enthusiasm for the whole thing”
Open Knowledge conclusions
•Wikipedia has little cultural coherence
ldanger of shock on editor entry – needs remedy!
ldisassociate from negative cultures, tech, language
lbring in new culture, groups of people together
lmake all editing processes more transparent
•Bring e-learning community into Wikipedia
lupdate and maintain key articles; learn from process
laddress the inevitable tensions; build our culture
Web services or cloud,
open source or
Web Services or Cloud, Open Source
Requirements on e-textbooks
• What does an e-texbook need to
do over and above an ebook?
• Online testing
• Offline testing
• 'unlimited' questions
• Reporting of results
• Discussion (class / world)
• Citations / quotes
• Gesture / interaction
• Highlighting text, asking
Making your own
Creating a textbook as a learning
experience / growing book
Getting your own book
Longevity / Interoperability
Integral / standalone
Backward compatibility with
From open practice to
• People sustain open education not policy or
• Practice is more powerful than policy but
policy legitimises the practice.
• Policy can be burdensome.
• Unresolved issues about ownership, licensing
• Gap between policy and practice.
• Building capacity and developing staff is
Building an Accessible Digital
Facilitated by Brian Kelly with 5 participants
– We need to build an digital environment which caters
for the needs of people with disabilities
– WAI WCAG standard has high profile but is flawed
– Policy statement too vague (“aspire to WCAG”) or don’t
reflect reality: “All resources are WCAG conformant” –
PDFs in IRs / lecture capture
– WC AG inappropriate in learning (e.g. “all content must
– BS 8878 provides a pragmatic achievable policy /
process based standard 22
Building an Accessible Digital
– Do people care enough to take actions / prioritise
work in this area?
– Is the WCAG policy statement deemed sufficient?
– Changes (drastic cuts) to DSA provides a political
context to further work in this area
– Cetis / Techdis work to provide leadership role for
– Encouragement to explore use if BS 8878 across
sector (see 88 seconds video)
– Highlight political context (petition coming