This Week in Learning Analytics (December 26, 2014 – January 2, 2015)

Spent the first day of 2015 with the dogs and a helmet cam.
Spent the first day of 2015 with the dogs and a helmet cam.
http://youtu.be/mrvNS6m_N58

HEADLINES

Student Success


Colleges Reinvent Classes to Keep More Students in Science
Richard Pérez-Peña | New York Times | 26 Dec 2014

In the Middle East and North Africa, a Very Gradual Shift Away From Caring Only About Exam Results
The World Bank | 29 Dec 2014

Tennessee’s Largest Public College System Wants to Eliminate Undecided Majors
Emily Siner | Nashville Public Radio | 29 Dec 2014

Government


Bipartisan Bill for Evidence Could Improve Access to Higher Ed Data
Clare McCann & Amy Laitinen | Ed Central | 2 Jan 2015

Bids Submitted for New Data Systems
Paul Shott | Greenwich Time | 26 Dec 2014

RESEARCH

Articles


Big Data in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges
Ben Daniel | British Journal of Educational Technology | 45(6)

Let’s Not Forget: Learning Analytics are About Learning [OPEN ACCESS]
Dragan Gašević, Shane Dawson, George Siemens | Tech Trends | 59(1)

Big Data in Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics
B R Prakash, M. Hanumanthaooa, Vasantha Kavitha | International Journal of Innovation Research in Computer and Communication Engineering | 2(12)

Book Chapters


Mapping Problems to Skills Combining Expert Opinion and Student Data
Juraj Nižnan, Radek Pelánek, Jiří Řihák | Mathematical and Engineering Methods in Computer Science | pp. 113-124

Conference Papers


Linked Data, Data Mining and External Open Data for Better Prediction of At-Risk Students
Farhana Sarker, Thanassis Tiropanis, Hugh C. Davis | 2014 International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies (CoDIT) | 3-5 Nov 2014

OPINIONS

Blogs


Are Libraries Late to the Preventative Analytics Party?
Meredith Farkas | American Libraries | 26 Dec 2014

A Fresh Crop of California Data Privacy Laws
Lei Shen, Julian M. Dibbell | Mayer-Brown | 23 Dec 2014

Editorials


Teacher Hopefuls Go Through Big Data Wringer
Stephanie Simon | Politico | 29 Dec 2014

Colleges’ New Challenge: Keeping Students in School
Kelley Holland | NBC News | 31 Dec 2014