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Learning Analytics + NICs for Systemic Educational Improvement
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Learning Dispositions + Authentic Inquiry in a Primary School
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Quantifying deeper learning dispositions for the future data cloud
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Complexity and Pedagogy – Shanghai Workshop
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DEED+ELLI+AI+CI = Systemic School Learning

Learning Analytics + NICs for Systemic Educational Improvement

Personal reflections on 2 workshops and a lecture with Tony Bryk (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching), hosted last week by Ruth Deakin Crick at University of Bristol. What follows after a brief introduction to the concept of NICs, are my thoughts on the intersection of NICs with Learning Analytics. I made a number of connection points between the features of the DEED+NIC approach, and learning analytics, which I’ll highlight in green. with Gulzhan Azimbayeva • Harvey Goldstein • Ruth Deakin Crick • Tony Bryk Introduction: NICs The ideas of the human-centred computing pioneer Douglas Engelbart (dougengelbart.org) run like DNA through my work, I find so much depth of insight [see his Afterword to my book]. Doug showed the[…]

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Learning Dispositions + Authentic Inquiry in a Primary School

What happens when you turn a curriculum topic over to 10-11 year old children,  give them freedom to choose their focus, and increasing autonomy to make their own decisions to design, create and run a showcase event? Indeed, how do staff cope with stepping back like this? If Ofsted inspectors were to walk in, how could the school evidence learning? How can you evidence the development of lifelong learning dispositions, and how does this relate to the school’s strategic concerns about the progress of different pupil groups on traditional attainment measures? What roles do social learning tools like reflective blogging have to play? This movie provides a brief glimpse into a two year series of pilots at Bushfield School, documented[…]

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Quantifying deeper learning dispositions for the future data cloud

The Big Data in Education workshop in George Mason University, Washington DC, is asking: How might we, from scratch, design digital platforms to model multiple data streams from multiple sources in a generalized ecosystem of learning to make predictions about learning based on changes to instruction? We envision MOORs as digital terrains traversed by learners across formal and informal education (e.g., schooling, museums, the internet), and across the lifespan. Slides from my intro talk, which connected Ruth and Chris’s research at Bristol University and Incept Labs, with emerging concepts of the future learner’s personal data cloud, in which I manage the release of my behavioural and somatic data to boost my learning analytics… Learning Analytics : quantifying deeper learning dispositions? from[…]

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Complexity and Pedagogy – Shanghai Workshop

Ruth, Chris and I have just spent an extraordinary week in Shanghai in an intensive, highly ’emergent’ workshop designed to reimagine educational systems (research and practice) as complex adaptive systems. The event was hosted graciously by East China Normal University (Institute of Schooling Reform & Development), a Key Research Institute in the University of National Educational Ministry. We partnered with Prof. Li Jiacheng at ECNU as it became clear that our visions and values for systemic learning systems design are closely aligned. With further backing from University of Auckland, participants were invited from New Zealand, Australia, China and UK. ECNU’s ground-breaking work is led by Prof. Ye Lan (CCTV interview), who is shaping national policy on reforming the school system[…]

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DEED+ELLI+AI+CI = Systemic School Learning

Introduction We’re excited to report the unfolding story about how we are using the groundbreaking work of Tony Bryk‘s team on  Design, Educational Engineering and Development (DEED), as a methodology for systemic school change. This is combined with the University of Bristol’s Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory (ELLI), which forms part of a process of Authentic Inquiry (AI) for students, teachers and leaders. The insights from these prototypes are then shared via a novel website, from the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, for harnessing Collective Intelligence (CI), called the Evidence Hub. This is  an exciting convergence, since as you are about to see, the school piloting this reports that it has catalysed a profound shift in how they think about professional development.[…]

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