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Envisaging an Open Learning Analytics Platform & Ecosystem

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Open Learning Analytics

  1. 1. Envisaging an Open Learning AnalyticsPlatform & EcosystemSimon Buckingham ShumKnowledge Media Institute, Open University UKsimon.buckinghamshum.net@sbskmi 1
  2. 2. (My spin on the SoLAR collaborative White Paper)http://solaresearch.org/OpenLearningAnalytics.pdf 2
  3. 3. #lak15 3
  4. 4. Imagine the LAK 2015 Keynote ―Looking back to the formative days of the field in 2011/12, we wonder now why we didn‘t have the foresight to avoid today‘s learning analytics silos — not only from all the different vendors but also the research systems.‖ 4
  5. 5. Imagine the LAK 2015 Keynote ―Not a little ironic: the learning analytics field didn‘t manage to join itself up‖ 5
  6. 6. The scientific argument analytics need to be broad- based, multi-sourced, contextual and integrated inorder to mitigate the limitations of any single dataset or algorithm 6
  7. 7. The scientific argument the revolutionary impacts of big data on science are the unprecedented ability to test claims + replicate results (academic and commercial) uncover unexpected patterns 7
  8. 8. The economic innovation argument The wealth of networks lies inorchestrating mass innovation via open platforms Hybrid Commerce+Commons Enterprise both enables and benefits from these dynamics 8
  9. 9. Mission Develop an open andextensible learning analytics platform Grow an ecosystem of stakeholders and tools around this 9
  10. 10. Open Learning Analytics platform (1) Anonymized datasets 10
  11. 11. Open Learning Analytics platform (1) Analytical Engines Adaptive Learning Analytics Presentation Recommenders Anonymized datasets 11
  12. 12. Open Learning Analytics platform (1) Visual Analytics Analytical Engines Adaptive Learning Analytics Presentation Recommenders Anonymized datasets 12
  13. 13. Open Learning Analytics platform (2) 13
  14. 14. Open Learning Analytics platform (3) 14
  15. 15. Open Learning Analytics community LearnersEducators Researchers Enterprise 15
  16. 16. Researcher value proposition My students can get I can benchmark my their work out there as prototypes on the OLA new plugins – a datasets: it‘s ‗TREC couple have really for analytics‘ gone viral When I publish I can test newpapers, reviewers are hypotheses suspicious if data, empirically without algorithms or tools necessarily having to don‘t have OLA IDs gather new data The feedback loops are so This is a great way to I can run controlledmuch faster now forge collaborative usability evaluations on prototypes projects with on the visual academics and dashboards companies 16
  17. 17. Combinatorial analytics • Does use of social network analytics correlate more strongly with social sciences than hard sciences? • Is pass rate correlated with quality of online discourse? • Can we see a causal link between intrinsic learning dispositions and the number of requests for help? 17
  18. 18. Educator value proposition I‘m not locked into any I play with new plugins analytics approach – to see which offer they‘re all limited most insightI‘ve got CPD badges in I track which ones Ethical Analytics and seem best in the Environmental Environmental Politics Analytics LA networkI‘m working withresearchers who I can compare my are tuning their students with other When I try somethingprototypes on my similar courses new with students, I data have a toolkit to test its impact 18
  19. 19. Learner value proposition I‘m not locked into any I play with new plugins analytics approach – to see which offer they‘re all limited most insightI‘ve got CPD badges in I track which ones Ethical Analytics and seem best in the Environmental Environmental Politics Analytics LA networkI‘m working withresearchers who I can compare myself are tuning their with my peers and When I try somethingprototypes on my students on other new in my learning, I data similar courses have a toolkit to test its impact 19
  20. 20. Enterprise value proposition We can‘t handwave so We get to alpha test much, but when we new products here on make claims now, real data they‘re openly testable We get to see what‘sIt‘s in our interest coming out of the labs to make our data much earlier, and can formats OLA sponsor the best compliant – students customers lookfor that logo now We can see from the OLA-platform analytics which tools are best suited in different domains 20
  21. 21. OLA-platform analytics • Which analytics are most helpful in assisting learners of Type X manage their learning? • Which tools do administrators rate highest? • Does educator reputation impact the spread of tools and practices? 21
  22. 22. Visual, participatory sensemaking Global Participator y Platform New models of scientific disseminationDatasets and sensor Innovation Accelerator Analytics and network Simulations Planetary Living Earth Nervous Simulator System
  23. 23. Innovation is not a pipeline €.£.$Ack: Frank van Harmelen, FuturICT Project
  24. 24. Innovation is an ecosystemAck: Frank van Harmelen, FuturICT Project
  25. 25. Open Learning Analytics ecosystem (detailed view) 25
  26. 26. OLA White Paper: Conclusion―The history of technology adoption in education suggests aconsistent and challenging model: important ideas andinnovations developed piecemeal and inisolation, resulting in a fragmentation and confusion for endusers who are most in need of efficient solutions. Our proposedintegrated learning analytics platform attempts to circumventthe piecemeal process of educational innovation byprovided an open infrastructure for researchers, educators, andlearners to develop new technologies and methods.‖ 26
  27. 27. Open Learning Analytics ecosystem Do you want to be part of this ecosystem? Why? (Why not?) Discuss… 27

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