Learning Analytics in Education and a data dogma?

Extract from a chapter on learning analytics in education as well as a meandering thought in light of inBloom closer on data dogma

Setting up an easy open online office hours using appear.in

I’ve mentioned the appear.in service a couple of times. This allows you to convene small meetings (up to 8 people) with video, voice and chat without the need for logins or additional browser plugins on both desktop and mobile. My thoughts on using it with virtual office hours.

altc2013 building new connections: Notes on integrating Conferencer, BuddyPress, FeedWordPress and MailPress for a conference platform

I’m not entirely sure what this post is. I started writing it on the train down to altc2013 and think it lost its focus between York and Sheffield. Essentially I wanted to write this to highlight some of the benefits of using BuddyPress as a way to capture user activity streams but at the same time some of the challenges of achieving an integrated experience using WordPress. I’ll let you decide it’s value and please feel free to comment (the ‘dirty code’ post will be a lot better).

OER File Formats: Tomorrow’s problem?

You’ve created a resource and released it into the wild under a licence that permits reuse/remix. Does the file format you’ve used allow easy editing? Is the format you’ve used going to be around much longer? Should OER file formats be tomorrow’s problem?

Experiment with interactive wordcloud of #smwgla Twitter community profile descriptions (making a JSON query on Google Spreadsheet data)

I should say this post contains a lot of technical information, doesn’t give much background and is mainly for my hard-core followers This is a very lose sketch of an experiment I might refine which uses Jason Davies wordcloud script (add-on for d3.js) as a way to filter data hosted in a Google Spreadsheet. I […]

You can be the best teacher in the world but is that what is expected?

Some students didn’t take well to Steven Maranville’s teaching style at Utah Valley University. They complained that in the professor’s “capstone” business course, he asked them questions in class even when they didn’t raise their hands. They also didn’t like it when he made them work in teams. Those complaints against him led the university […]

Open data equals open scrutiny but doesn’t always equal all of the answer

[flickr]64284665[/flickr] Last week I got frustrated at not being able to find some JISC funded project outputs, which was  a little annoying. This led to a small exploration around JISC’s Programme Information Management System (PIMS). The system was originally only available to JISC executive staff but made available to all sometime last year and used […]

Guidelines for blended events (online and face to face)

One of our supported institutions recently asked if I knew of or had any guidelines for organisers planning to run blended events (extending the value of face-to-face events by giving access to a remote audience). I didn’t find anything that entirely fitted the bill but as I’ve arranged, helped and participated in a number of […]

Google Generation and new media, new relationships

Recently I was at a talk by Prof David Nicholas project lead of the JISC funded Google Generation project which got a lot of attention in 2008 (the one that highlights most search is broad and shallow; users don’t go beyond first page of results, 40% never return to a site, rarely going beyond the […]

What’s happening? The ‘utility’ of Twitter in teaching and learning

In this post I want to put down a marker as to the role I think Twitter could have within education. When previously presenting on the use of Twitter in education I’ve always tried to emphasis its not just about a tool for discussion (in fact I try to avoid the word discussion because 140 […]

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