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Penetrating the Fog: Analytics in Learning and Education

For decades, calls have been made for reform in the efficiency and quality of higher education. Now, with the Internet, mobile technologies, and open education, these calls are gaining a new level of urgency. Compounding this technological and social change, prominent investors and businesspeople are questioning the time and monetary value of higher education. Unfortunately,Continue reading →


Learning and Knowledge Analytics Course

Starting January 2011, this open course was offered to support the Learning and Knowledge Analytics 2011 Conference. The course was facilitated by George Siemens (TEKRI, Athabasca University), Jon Dron (SCIS, Athabasca University), Dave Cormier (University of Prince Edward Island), Tanya Elias (Athabasa University), and Sylvia Currie (BCcampus). The syllabus, archives, and other resources are openContinue reading →


Introduction to Learning and Knowledge Analytics (COMP 683 Athabasca U)

The growth of data overwhelms those who try to make sense of it. This concern is particularly evident in complex knowledge-intensive organizations. Learning institutions and corporations often don’t pay attention to the data trails that learners create in the process of accessing learning materials, interacting with educators and peers, and creating new content. In anContinue reading →


Open Learning Analytics: an integrated & modularized platform

Proposal to design, implement and evaluate an open platform to integrate heterogeneous learning analytics techniques Significant potential exists for analytics to guide learners, educators, administrators, and funders in making learning-related decisions. Learning analytics represent the application of “big data” and analytics in education. This proposal expresses the importance of a planned and integrated approach toContinue reading →


Learning Analytics: Dream, Nightmare, or Fairydust?

Pervasive digital technology is weaving a fabric around our lives which makes it increasingly hard not to leave digital traces. We are experiencing an unprecedented explosion in the quantity and quality of data available not only to us, but about us. While some people find this blanket suffocating and threatening, for others, it marks anContinue reading →