The stated purpose of this twitter feed is to “accelerate educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion”. This is an Educause program. Recent tweet: “Does #blendedlearning work? …they do if they’re designed right … referencing @ChristensenInst – and linking to a article of the same name by Thomas Arnett (christenseninstitute.org blog)
George Siemens @gsiemens
George Siemens has several youtube videos regarding learning analytics. This is his twitter feed which is a little more broad-ranging. Late yesterday (10/13/14) Mr. Siemens tweeted regarding an online discussion “Learning Analytics are about learning.” Mr. Siemens also covers MOOCs, OERs and open course design among other topics.
Ed Tech Review describes itself as “India’s Premier EdTech Community. Spreading awareness on Education Technology. Advocating 21st Century #Education #edtech #edtechchat #21stedchat.” This is gives me a broader / global view. Many of the references/links are from Saudi Arabia as well as the US, Britain, etc.
Educause Learing Initiative @EDUCAUSELI
The Educause Learning Initiative twitter feed decribes itself as ”a community of higher ed institutions advancing learning through IT innovation.” Educase.edu/eli. I thought this would be useful, but the tweets are relatively infrequent (1/day or less). Six days ago, they tweeted about a recently released MOOC study. Another recent tweet (10/2/14) regarded a survey for content anchors (topics) for a conference(?)
Predictive Analytics @PredAnalytics
This twitter account is focused on predictive analytics, predictive modeling, data mining, programs, big data, big data and text analytics as well as business intelligence. Among the many relevant posts, is a post from Tableau Software regarding making a dashboard, and a tweet from Roger Schonfeld that predictive analytics resulted in 34,000 one-on-one student-advisory meetings within the past 12 months at GSU (Georgia State University?).
Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education has several blogs gathered on this page. The wired campus blog (second url) highlights the latest on technology and education, addressing MOOCs, the recent “fair use” copyright decision, and much more. This blog casts a wide net reporting on a variety of technology-related news, serving as a good edtech news listserve.
Elearnspace describes itself with the key words: learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community. The last couple of blog posts concern the edX course on Data, Analytics & Learning (#dalmooc) which I signed up for (and attended class tonight). Another post from June highlights the MOOC Research Initiative. One of the comments made by George Siemens this evening was that the instructional methodology for MOOCs has been settled on too soon, and that in the course, we will look at various methods of engaging students in the content. From this brief introduction to the edX course. The discussion tonight touched on learning analytics related to MOOCs rather than traditional courses. At this point I’m not sure how valuable this will be to the literature review. One of the blogs specifically addressed learning analytics: http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2010/08/25/what-are-learning-analytics/.
The Next Gen Learning Challenges is a blog related to the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation’s work in technology in education. Among the many topics included in the blog are two topics related to learning analytics: “Learning Analytics Projects” and “Learning Analytics to study and improve learning.” These two blog topics provide directly relevant current information. The learning analytics project includes a summary of funded Gates Foundation projects and a report detailing how learning analytics can support college completion.
The Inside Higher Ed’s blog hack higher education covers a variety of news articles related to higher education technology. One of the blog posts addresses the then-current state of interest in learning analytics connecting these techniques to innovative funding mechanisms such as race to the top, among others. The Inside Higher Ed blog post on learning analytics is: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/hack-higher-education/top-ed-tech-trends-2012-data-and-learning-analytics.
Digital balance is a digital marketing consulting company working in Australia and the U.S. Their specialty is the expanding the digital capabilities and changing digital behaviors consequent to product implementation. The blog post link above, specifically addresses the implementation of learning analytics in the higher education. The author, Hallam, suggests that while she was able to identify a successful application to support student retention at the University of Kentucky, most universities do not have sufficient staff support to make learning analytics a reality. The University of Kentucky utilized 15 FT Es to develop and run their predictive analytics model.