OpEd on Next Gen Online Learning: The tail wags the dog

I read this morning in InsideHigherEd The critical difference between replication (with enhancements) of the classroom experience and the potential for the transformation of the classroom experience lies not necessarily in technology, but in four aspirations: A learner focus, an emphasis on interactivity, scalability, and a quest to reduce costs while maintaining quality. We see transformation happen when faculty members don’t see themselves as mere instructors, but as designers, coaches, and members of a learning development team with particular goals in mind. – Steve Minz, InsideHigherEd, “Next Generation Online Learning,” Nov. 19, 2014. Honestly, this statement is right on the … Continue reading OpEd on Next Gen Online Learning: The tail wags the dog

Learning Analytics from DLAMOOC

… we’ll turn to a definition of learning analytics that was first used by the Society for Learning Analytics Research in the inaugural conference in 2011, and that is essentially that learning analytics are the measurement, collection,and analysis of reporting of data, specifically we want to look at learners and the context of learners,  because we want to better understand what’s happening with learners, the environment they’re involved in, and how can we improve that to make a better impact on the individual students, but also to help learners in, or the teachers themselves improve their teaching practices, and ultimately, … Continue reading Learning Analytics from DLAMOOC

Why do faculty use an LMS?

I think it’s the Gradebook. It’s the primary difference between a learning management system and many of the other tools helpful to teaching such as Box or Google docs or blogs or wikis. A platform like Sakai is quite a convenience for posting grades from electronic paper submissions, from quizzes, from forum postings, from almost any other gradeable student artifact (electronic or not), and securely displaying them to students. The Sakai Gradebook even does calculations for Instructors and provides histograms of grade distributions. At last reckoning, March 2014, nearly 40% of Notre Dame instructors used Sakai in some fashion or … Continue reading Why do faculty use an LMS?