#LAK12 Learning Analytics

Interesting presentation on Learning Analytics.  Thanks to Ana for the link.

Educators are in need for non-intrusive and automatic ways to get feedback from learners’ progress in order to better follow their learning process and appraise the online course effectiveness.  In this Learning analytics:

“The dialogue-based approach to analyse interactions in a networked learning environment using some interaction schema has some limitations. First of all, codified dialogue can be too limited in many learning situations; and second, the codes chosen might not be acceptable by other researcher. For this reason, some recent approaches to the use of dialogue in analysis of interaction propose to use data and text mining in order to help to codify the text and avoid this demanding procedures (Padilha, Almeida, & Alves, 2004).”

Relating to MOOC, this paper on The Value of Learning Analytics to Networked Learning on a Personal learning Environment by Fournier, Helene; Kop, Rita; Sitlia, Hanan provides a comprehensive evaluation of Learning Analytics.

#Change11 #CCK12 #LAK12 Know thyself

This thought controlled computing – a tool to unlock about yourself is intriguing

What are the uses? Helping people with ADD to understand their thoughts, their attention deficits.  Unlocking one’s mind, like plugging into your Google.  Helping us to lead a better or balanced life, through studying our sleep cycles and patterns, and our brain waves.

Would these be part of the micro learning analytic – based on thought controlled computing?  Wonder if the next iPad or computer would come with this personalised computing power, where the technology will instruct you on how to keep focused and so you would be able to align your thoughts with your aims or goals.

Are we entering into an age of cyborgs  with such tools as tablets, iPads, iphones & mobile technology?

In this article on cyborgs:

There have been opposite approaches to the search for truth. One seeks absolute knowledge (the Eleatics, Plato, Confucius). The other seeks diversity and change (Heraclitus, Gorgias, Protagoras, Lao Tzu).  What would this technology lead us to? A quest for understanding diversity and changes rather than absolute truth?

“Systems theory suggests that change and choice are dependent on having a certain amount of instability, of abandoning rigid ways of thinking and being, It thus, at least metaphorically, supports a Heraclitian and postmodern social theoretical view of the inherent importance of change, and thus, the ability to think flexibly and make choices. The discourse of change is an essential part of emancipation, of establishing an open society. But the essential source of change comes from within (self-organization in systems talk), to which these conditions of flexibility best flourish with a great deal of personal courage in the face of our existential-cyborgian anxiety, and often despite conditions of inequality and oppression in a society.”

Would this technology help us in understanding what is in our mind?

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