SoLAR Blogs

Nexus, is just the latest channel to join our podcasts and webinars, as we get the word out about Learning Analytics to our diverse audiences.

Nexus? As the name signals, this is meant to bring people together from across the diverse community interested in these questions — including educators, learning technologists, instructional designers, researchers, data scientists, user interface designers, educational leaders — hey, even students who are curious to know how these systems come into being!

Nexus is published on Medium at solarnexus.medium.com to take advantage of that huge community, but also mirrored here since Medium limits non-members to 3 articles/month. So if you’re not signed up there, you can still read to your heart’s content here!

Enjoy the stories. Like/dislike what you see? Want to share your work? You’re warmly invited to email the editors with your ideas and feedback: solarnexusblog {at} gmail dot com

Recent articles

Leveraging the Potential of Learning Analytics in Higher Education Requires Inclusive Policies and Practices

Leveraging the Potential of Learning Analytics in Higher Education Requires Inclusive Policies and Practices

To fully leverage the power of learning analytics data, attention must be paid to the policies and practices that guide data use in higher education. Drawing on justice and care perspectives, we argue a need for inclusive policies and practices—learning analytics professionals should work to establish equity in their systems, ensure transparency and trust, and empower students as active agents in the use of their data…
Posted by Carrie Klein, Michael Brown in Nexus
Learning Analytics: 3 Challenges and Opportunities

Learning Analytics: 3 Challenges and Opportunities

Learning Analytics are generating both excitement, and scepticism since adoption isn’t as fast as expected. In this blog, we briefly introduce the key concept, before looking at practical approaches to three challenges for embedding LA in organisations…..
Posted by Yi-Shan Tsai in Nexus
Beyond Threaded Discussions: Learning with Knowledge Building Analytics

Beyond Threaded Discussions: Learning with Knowledge Building Analytics

Chats and threaded forums dominate how we run online discussions in education. But the quality varies widely and it’s impossible for teachers to tell at a glance if learning is going on. In this article, we introduce new kinds of learning analytics that support Knowledge Building discourse…
Posted by Alwyn Vwen Yen Lee, Teo Chew Lee in Nexus
How data presentation can help (or hurt) student motivation

How data presentation can help (or hurt) student motivation

“Designed well, dashboards help students succeed academically. Dashboards can also, however, unintentionally undermine students’ academic motivation. This is potentially disastrous, because before learning happens, students must be motivated to learn…”..
Posted by Stephen J. Aguilar in Nexus
Designing dashboards to help students take action

Designing dashboards to help students take action

“It was expected by some that once learners had access to learning dashboards, their learning performance would skyrocket. An easy win, right? Unfortunately, this didn’t turn out to be the case.”..
Posted by Ioana Jivet in Nexus
 
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