photo by Lee Bennett cc licence on Flickr There are a number of challenges we are now facing with learner analytics. In our 2016 LTIF project we have a number of courses providing meaningful feedback to students, however, we are not able to at present provide meaningful comparisons of activity between these courses. The great advantage of the x-Api … Read More
Recently the DSC Academic Development Group asked the digital learning team to present examples and discussion points on successful online learning. Mark Smithers, Andrea McLagan and Leigh Blackall contributed. Their presentations were recorded on screen and with a room area microphone. This is Leigh’s contribution – links to Andrea and Mark’s presentations forthcoming. Video Here is the video of Leigh’s contribution … Read More
The ideal When I look up a teacher or academic, a rich array of images, videos, presentations, publications, websites comes up in the search results. Top of the list is either their website or the staff profile for their primary place of work. The reality Most often than not, no images, no videos, no presentations, a few inaccessible publications, and … Read More
At one point in time, we’ve all needed an image for either a presentation, a course website – or for something like this, a blog post – and the first thing that comes to mind is to just grab one out of a Google search. The majority of these images are copyrighted “All Rights Reserved” and you’re obliged to get written permission to use such … Read More
Just as you need to get up early to climb Mt Fuji, if you want to start an LTIF project in semester one, it helps to get the ethics application early. Cathy Leahy and Peter Saunders have been working hard with Blackboard data to extract hopefully meaningful feedback to be given to students about their performance. This data is from … Read More
As part of our Analytics project we have started providing students with their learner data. This data includes information about how often and how long they have been using accessing Blackboard, the number of posts they have made in Google Communities and the number of weekly tasks they have completed compared to other students. So far we have extracted data … Read More
RMIT recently launched a new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) partnership (as my colleague Howard previously wrote about on this blog). Academic staff within DSC are now developing two MOOCs for FutureLearn, the UK-based platform launched by Open Universities in 2013, and I am very fortunate to be the educational developer on these two projects. MOOCs are a sort of celebrity in … Read More
We have begun our 2016 learning analytics projects, or rather learner analytics as this project is more focused on the student experience, with a recent kick off workshop. ‘Improving the Student Experience through Learning Analytics’ will use analytics to promote self reflection and self efficacy and the student experience, enabling students to learn in a more efficient and effective manner.