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?

What I Didn’t Know About Using Community Source Software (Sakai) in Higher Ed

“How to set expectations for change management,” – that’s it. That’s what I didn’t know. Consider the kinds of changes one habitually takes from a vendor of proprietary software which you maintain in your own higher ed Data Center. The hypothetical change is New cool features advertised to you, or… Bug fixes (you’d found them or you hadn’t, in other words, you cared deeply or not at all), or … Enhancements. Qualities of the change: The change has already been deployed and tested many times over by the software vendor in environments, with data, very similar to yours. You schedule … Continue reading What I Didn’t Know About Using Community Source Software (Sakai) in Higher Ed

Working with the Ents

Enterprise architecture, the endeavor of building technical reference architecture for the business, or, in this case, for higher ed, is a deliberative iterative and s l o w process. Here I am in Madison, Wisconsin joining phenomenally gifted and wise senior enterprise architects such as Rich Stevens (University of Maryland), Jim Phelps (U of Wisconsin and current chair of ITANA*), Leo Fernig (U of British Columbia) and Scott Fullerton (U of Wisconsin) in creating a Learning Reference architecture for presentation at Educause in the fall. Knock on wood. Wood, you say? Or trees? Not only the things architects see through … Continue reading Working with the Ents