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Learning analytics – or learner surveillance?

Image: Jian Han Lim, Eng Yeow Teh, Chern Hong Lim in Automated classroom monitoring with connected visioning system in 2017 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference (APSIPA ASC) (IEEE)Crosslin, M. (2019) Is Learning Analytics Synonym...

An online app for indigenous language users: Lakota

A screen from Language Conservancy’s Owóksape Lakota language learning app. Image: The Language Conservancy. Owóksape means ‘Place of Wisdom’.Press Pool (2019) Breakthrough app to allow for online learning of Lakota Indian Country Today November 21 I was intrigued by this announcement, for a numbe...

Learning analytics in online learning: trying hard but need to do better

Learning analytics studies are often like machines running in a universe that has nothing to do with the realities of teaching and learning.I have now covered all five main articles in the special August issue of the journal Distance Education on learning analytics (because it is not an open publi...

MOOCs and student data privacy: a sentiment analysis

Are you still with me as I plough through the special edition on learning analytics from the journal Distance Education? I hope so. I hope this isn’t too boring for you but at least I am persistent. I am determined to get a good grasp of the strengths and weaknesses of learning analytics. So this...

Using learning analytics to predict mastery: a flawed concept?

I’m slogging my way through the special issue on learning analytics in Distance Education, a subscription-only journal, because what is happening in this field is important but mostly wrong in its approach to teaching and learning.  This is the fourth post reviewing articles in the journal Distanc...

Learning analytics and gamification: a significant study

The GAFCC gamification design (Huang and Hew, 2018)This is the third post reviewing articles in the journal Distance Education, Vol. 40, No.3, a special edition on learning analytics in distance education. The first post was on analytics and learning design at the UKOU. The second post w...

Learning analytics and personality traits: a scary night-time story

Big Five personality traits Image: WikipediaThis is the second post reviewing articles in the journal Distance Education, Vol. 40, No.3, a special edition on learning analytics in distance education. The first article was on analytics and learning design at the UKOU. As always if you find th...

Learning Analytics and ‘Learning Design’

Learning design activities Image: Toetenel and Rienties, 2016The latest edition of the journal ‘Distance Education’ is focused on the use of learning analytics: the aim of this special themed issue…is to foster scientific debate…to understand how learning analytics can lead to an understanding...

Second edition of Teaching in a Digital Age now published

The second edition of Teaching in a Digital Age is now available at https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/teachinginadigitalagev2/ The first edition was published in 2015. The second edition is an update on the first edition. The main message, structure and content of the book, despite the r...

Chapter 11.4 Open pedagogy

Figure 11.4.1 Current landscape of Open. Image: Paul Stacey, 2018 I am in the process of finalising a second edition of Teaching in a Digital Age. (For more on this, see Working on the second edition of Teaching in a Digital Age: some lessons learned about open publishing.)  For the former Ch...