Archive - December 2012

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Schools at the hub of community engagement
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Opening: Dispositional Learning Analytics
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10 years to wrestle with complexity + learning?
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Parent Yarns—Learning Together: parent engagement in Australian schools

Schools at the hub of community engagement

Parental engagement in northern territory australia tess mc peake from Ruth Deakin Crick This seminar given by Tess McPeake of the Smith Family in Australia, describes a programme which engages parents in learning for themselves and their families. Tess described the evaluation of the project and drew on extant research which identifies important elements of learning in the community, which enhance student well being and engagement. Lea 2012 Evaluation of Smith Family Girls inthe Middle UoS Emerson Fear Sanders parental-engagement-in-learning-and-schooling A video about Parent Yarns can be viewed here……

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Opening: Dispositional Learning Analytics

In a great example of the LearningEmergence convergence of ideas, we are developing an approach to modelling learning dispositions, based on the educational research underpinning the ELLI instrument for Learning Power: Buckingham Shum, S. and Deakin Crick, R., Learning Dispositions and Transferable Competencies: Pedagogy, Modelling and Learning Analytics. Proc. 2nd International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (Vancouver, 29 Apr-2 May, 2012). ACM: New York. pp.92-101. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2330601.2330629 Eprint: http://oro.open.ac.uk/32823. See also our earlier blog post and the LAK12 replay The most recent work on this, which picks up the challenge identified at the end of the above paper, is the question of whether it is possible to generate an ELLI profile automatically from learners’ incidental data traces. Shaofu Huang[…]

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10 years to wrestle with complexity + learning?

The European Future & Emerging Technologies Flagships competition has the following mission: FET Flagships are ambitious large-scale, science-driven, research initiatives that aim to achieve a visionary goal. The scientific advance should provide a strong and broad basis for future technological innovation and economic exploitation in a variety of areas, as well as novel benefits for society. Human-Centred Computing and the Learning Sciences tend not to land “Big Science” projects like the Human Genome or Large Hadron Collider. But the over-arching theme of Complexity Science as a way of making sense of pervasive societal problems, and of the ‘big data’ it generates, provides the scale of vision for one of these Flagship projects. The Open University is a partner in the[…]

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Parent Yarns—Learning Together: parent engagement in Australian schools

During 2012, Australia’s largest children’s’ charity—The Smith Family—organised a series of parent/school engagement activities in Northern Territory schools that aimed to skill parents to confidently communicate with each other and collaborate with school staff to resolve student issues. Known as Parent Yarns—Learning Together, these sessions were facilitated by ViTaL partners, Julianne Willis and Marilynn Willis, who introduced the concept of ‘effective lifelong learning’ in considering how parents can best support their children to succeed at school.  The Smith Family’s vision is to support communities in   improving life outcomes for disadvantaged Australian children, with a particular focus on the challenges of working in Northern Territory schools where over 40 per cent of students are Indigenous. Seminar with Tess McPeake from[…]

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