September 13, 2011

To move forward with my learning about analytics, I need to read more about the subject.   At least, that is the conclusion I am drawing since I haven’t posted to this blog in a long time. 

Edward Tufte’s book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information is the perfect book to get me back on track.   At this point,  I am more interested in researching the best method to bring data to the end-user. 



April 21, 2011

Simple List?

I like to keep things simple.  Admittedly so, I don’t always achieve this goal.  This blog started as a spark of interest in learning about analytics in relation to learning.  Maybe I should title it “Learning learning analytics”.  Or, maybe not.

In terms of outcomes assessment, Maryellen Weimer, PhD writes about the potential of self-isolated courses becoming “courseocentricism”.  In other words, as the title says, “I Won’t Mess with Your Course if You Don’t Mess with Mine.”  At the forefront of this centrist view is the problem students face when taking courses in the same discipline or division that are wildly different in styles.  Is it okay to expect students to accommodate to different course styles each semester in online courses?

I believe asking faculty to adhere to simple list of requirements when building online courses is better for the students.  A course’s requirements will vary in itself due to subject and level, but is there an organized way to take those variances and match to a simple list?

February 18, 2011

I Like Concept Maps

Over a decade ago, I first started creating concept maps for learning purposes. To this day, concept maps can be used for many issues.  Having a bad day? Concept map it!  Not sure of your next career move? Concept map it! No idea what to make for dinner? Concept map it!

What is a Concept Map?  A diagram showing connections between ideas/thoughts/themes/ingredients. 

Thanks to George Siemens from ELearnSpace for providing this nice Learning Analytics Concept Map.

February 10, 2011

What is Learning Analytics?

Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs. 

Defintion from