Learning Analytics is a rapidly emerging field, asking the question: Can we discern meaningful learning from the digital ‘vapour trails’ that learners leave behind them? The million dollar question this begs is, of course, what do we mean by “meaningful” learning, and what kinds of learning are important for the 21st Century landscape, whose contours are shifting faster than theory and practice can keep up with?
Here’s the podcast and slides from Learning Analytics: Dream, Nightmare or Fairydust? — my keynote at Ascilite 2011, in which I introduce ELLI as one of the promising signposts to the ways in which we can think about analytics for the new learning paradigms needed to prepare for a complex, uncertain world.
In a perfect example of Bristol/Open U. collaboration, Helen Jelfs (Grad. School Educ., Univ. Bristol and visiting OLnet Fellow, Open University) recently gave a seminar with the Open University’s Simon Buckingham Shum & Anna De Liddo.
Abstract: In this talk I will be presenting some aspects of the process of mapping ‘Deeper Learning’ literature using Cohere. ‘Deeper Learning’ focuses on the dispositions and skills of learning how to learn and enquiry-based learning, two of the most fundamental concepts for learner engagement. These dispositions and skills are at the heart of the 21st Century education – and are key to preparing “K-Life” learners (i.e. from early school days, to the current workforce, and beyond) to cope with dilemmas and levels of complexity that will make unprecedented demands on them intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Doing a literature review is a common and well understood task, so understanding how Cohere adds, or might add value – or even change the process is worthwhile. I will illustrate the process, comment on some of the difficulties I have encountered in using Cohere, and suggest some ideas for improvements.
As part of The Open University’s doctoral training programme, which we’re opening increasingly to the world as open educational resources, here’s the webcast and multimedia resources from my keynote at last week’s Research Methods conference. The Cloudscape from this event, which was live-blogged, is itself a great resource to mine (see also the Research Skills clouds).
It was fun putting this together, and I squeezed in as many movies and live demos as possible from the projects we’ve done with Compendium to illustrate how far Vannevar Bush’s original 1945 conception of the Memex has come (widely regarded as conceiving hypertexts, such as the Web), and how far a particular visual hypermedia tool with a very simple notation (IBIS) for mapping questions, ideas and arguments, can go…
In this talk I will introduce the work of the Hypermedia Discourse Group at the Knowledge Media Institute, which is focusing on how software tools may shape the future of scholarship. Our particular interest is in how new forms of narrative can emerge through the use of hypertext tools that treat ideas, problems and arguments as coherent networks of nodes. This enables us to reframe qualitative data analysis, and scientific publishing, as the construction of narrative networks, grounded in primary sources. I will illustrate this with examples from projects including the NASA Mobile Agents project, the Hewlett Foundation OLnet project, and the AHRC+EPRSC+JISC e-Dance project.