This Week in Learning Analytics (January 31 – February 6, 2015)

Had some fun last week during a tour of CURVE (Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment) at Georgia State University.  I am told that I am the first one to turn their gigantor screen into an immersive (and completely unusable) keyboard.
Had some fun last week during a tour of CURVE (Collaborative University Research & Visualization Environment) at Georgia State University. I am told that I am the first one to turn their gigantor screen into an immersive (and completely unusable) keyboard.

Headlines

Higher Ed


2 February 2015
Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana Enlists Unicon to Implement Student Success Plan (SSP)

Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that it will implement Student Success Plan (SSP) at Southern University at Shreveport, Louisiana (SUSLA) for coaches, counselors, and advisors to guide their students with case management technology. Unicon will provide IT consulting services, including implementation planning, systems integration, training, and support. SSP, case management technology, helps institutions achieve student success by providing a holistic coaching and counseling model for integrated planning and advising services (IPAS). At SUSLA, Unicon will integrate the institution’s student information system (SIS) and learning management system (LMS) with SSP, making it possible to populate student data from the SIS and academic data from the LMS into SSP. Unicon will also provide training to coaches, counselors, and advisors, ensuring they are well equipped to use the software and promote student success.

SOURCE: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12485364.htm

1 February 2015
Texas Tech Makes Student Retention a Top University Goal

Texas Tech is piloting the Student Success Collaborative by the Education Advisory Board to increase student retention through a combination of ‘high tech’ and ‘high touch’ efforts.

SOURCE: http://www.dailytoreador.com/news/tech-makes-student-retention-top-university-goal/article_288f3d94-aa8b-11e4-a65b-ef1a3e74279d.html

K-12


4 February 2015
DC Public Schools say internal website vulnerability left student information exposed

The public has been able to gain access to an internal website that was launched in 2010 and stores training materials for DC Public School staff related to special education cases. Some student information was listed in those training materials, as well as login information to a database regarding the District’s special education students.

SOURCE: http://dcps.dc.gov

3 February 2015
Durham Children’s Data Center lunched to collect and use date to inform policy decisions

South Carolina School officials have announced the launch of the Durham Children’s Data Center, an initiative with the county and Duke University, to collect and use date to inform policy decisions for the county and Durham Public Schools. The Children’s Data Center will be housed at and administered by the Center for Child and Family Policy at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. One of the first policy questions the research team will tackle involves pre-kindergarten programs, which in recent weeks, have been a hot topic among school board members.

SOURCE: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x992360040/Durham-Children-s-Data-Center-to-offer-DPS-input

3 February 2015
Ephesus Elementary School counselor honored for data-centered approach

Ephesus Elementary School will receive designation as a Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program, called RAMP, in Phoenix, Arizona on June 30. Ephesus Elementary School Counselor Ashley Sherman said the school implemented a comprehensive classroom program that relied more heavily on data. She said the school looks at student data more frequently to see what intervention and counseling measures need to be implemented.

SOURCE: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/02/ephesus-elementary-school-counselor-honored-for-data-centered-approach

2 February 2015
Dept. of Ed Launches Summits Aimed at Improving Technology Use in Schools

Over the next six months, national experts will travel to a dozen cities to collaborate with school leaders in workshops on issues such as teacher training, student data privacy, instruction and budgets. This initiative, Future Ready Schools, is organized through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, D.C., policy and advocacy organization.

SOURCE: http://www.gamesandlearning.org/2015/02/02/dept-of-ed-launches-summits-aimed-at-improving-technology-use-in-schools/

2 February 2015
Virtual Preschool: Yes, That’s Now a Real Option

ClassVINCI Home is a subscription service ranging from $80 to $645 annually. All packages include weekly electronic delivery of digital books, songs, and games, as well as an activity guide for parents. Children are expected to use the digital learning games about 30 minutes per week. Parents are expected to do about 30 minutes worth of activities per week with their child, plus read the book together with their child every day. The child’s work is tracked through the company’s online learning management system. Parents who purchase the more expensive packages receive up to 90 minutes per month of time to interact online with a “trained and specialized” teacher who will discuss the child’s progress, answer the parent’s questions, and offer advice and customized activities and suggestions.

SOURCE: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2015/02/virtual_preschool_now_real_option.html

Industry


6 February 2015
Kajeet Education Broadband™ Now Available to 13,000 School Districts

Worthington Schools in Ohio is the latest school district to benefit from the expanded Kajeet coverage area. Currently partnering with more than 50 districts in 20 states, Kajeet is keeping students connected on multiple wireless broadband networks to online textbooks, apps, emails, documents and websites, as well as to their teachers, with its Kajeet Education Broadband solution to ensure that students have a level playing field for academic success and improved test scores. A key benefit of the Kajeet mobile Education Broadband solution is that it allows districts and schools to fully customize and filter the websites students can visit, as well as the times of day or night appropriate for student use. Teachers and administrators can further restrict access hours, and Kajeet filters out non-educational content. This keeps students on-task and controls costs. As part of the Kajeet solution, teachers and administrators receive reports with learning analytics to help improve student achievement.

SOURCE: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12492211.htm

3 February 2015
Civitas Learning Closes $16 Million In Funding to Continue Trailblazing Efforts in Data Science and Student Success

Civitas Learning, the Austin-based predictive analytics Software-as-a-Service (Saas) innovator on a mission to help a million more students graduate every year by 2025, today announced $16 million in funding led by new investor Rethink Education, a venture capital firm that invests in progressive companies that are at the forefront of the education technology industry. Returning investors include Austin Ventures and Emergence Capital.

SOURCE: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12489274.htm

30 January 2015
Tutor.com’s Personalized Learning Services Available to 12,000 Worldwide Students and Faculty at Penn State World Campus

Tutor.com, the leading online tutoring service, announced that Penn State World Campus, a pioneer in online learning, will offer Tutor.com’s award-winning tutoring and data analytics to students in all 50 states, more than 40 countries and 7 continents.

SOURCE: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12489274.htm

Research

Conference Proceedings


A Case Study of Learning Action and Emotion from a Perspective of Learning Analytics
Haiping Zhu, Xinhui Zhang, Xinhong Wang, Yan Chen, Bin Zeng | 2014 IEEE 17th International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) | 19-21 Dec 2014

ABSTRACT — With the rapid development of online learning, users have more and more diverse ways to learning. The advantage of online learning is that the e-learners’ behaviors can be completely recorded in the log events. So learning analytics can be made on these data. More than 500 freshmen used Moodle to study our “C program” course each year. So a large number of learning data have been collected. How to make analysis of the data is very meaningful. In this paper, we focused on analyzing characteristics both the learning behaviors and the nonintellectual factor of e-learners, such as emotion. We aimed to find the main factors which influence learner’s achievements. These factors might be submit time of programs, login times, the frequency of assignment view, etc. Based on the analysis, we adopted The Positive and Negative Affect Scale (PANAS) and Felder & Solomon Learning Styles and Strategies surveys to obtain e-learner’s emotion and learning style in a certain period of time or currently. Then we made the correlation analysis between e-learner’s emotion, learning style and their achievements. The experimental results made a verification that positive emotion has a great influence on the user. And also the learning enthusiasm of visual learners is obviously higher than that of verbal learners.

SOURCE: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?arnumber=7023615

Summaries & Reviews


In College Access, ‘Who’ Is As Important As ‘How’
Garrett Neiman | Forbes | 4 Feb 2015

ABSTRACT — Research conducted by CollegeSpring’s director of Research and Evaluation, Marina Preciado, suggests that the effectiveness of college-going interventions are related to how well the people providing support are matched with students. “This research suggests that students who have needs for both academic and non-academic intervention may benefit differently from different approaches to mentoring. For academic outcomes, students may benefit most from a “tutoring” approach in which an academically adept mentor focuses his or her energies on improving students’ academic outcomes through focused practice. This may be best executed by mentors with a strong academic background and training focused on academic preparation.”

SOURCE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/garrettneiman/2015/02/04/in-college-access-who-is-as-important-as-how/

Creepy Analytics and Learner Data Rights
Michael de Raadt | moodle.org | 30 Jan 2015

ABSTRACT — Review of “Creepy Analytics and Learner Data Rights” by Scott Beattie (CQU), Carolyn Woodley (RMIT), Kay Souter (Deakin University) and published in the Proceedings of ASCILITE2014

SOURCE: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=279391

Opinions

Editorials


How real-time learning is shaping the classroom of the future: Intel says Kno to boring school activities
Kane Fulton | Tech Radar | 4 February 2015

Interview with John Galvin, Vice President and General Manager at Intel Education, who claims that “Kno harks back to Intel founders Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce, who places education high on the company’s agenda from the start.”

SOURCE: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/how-intel-is-bringing-adaptive-learning-to-the-classroom-1283350

Blogs


Stop treating universities as if they were a football game
Peter Scott | The Guardian | 3 February 2015

SOURCE: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/feb/03/universities-league-tables-distorting-research

Learning analytics is better when…..?
David Jones | The Weblog of (a) David Jones | 2 February 2015

SOURCE: https://davidtjones.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/learning-analytics-is-better-when/

A Clear Reporting and Analytics Gap in Learning and Education
Brent Harvey | Lambda Solutions Blog | 30 January 2015

SOURCE: http://blog.lambdasolutions.net/a-clear-reporting-and-analytics-gap-in-learning-and-education

This Week in Learning Analytics (January 25 – 30, 2015)

Speaking of learning analytics, here's another picture of my dog, 'Pocket.'
Speaking of learning analytics, here’s another picture of my dog, ‘Pocket.’

Headlines

Higher Education


26 January 2015
University of Michigan Considers Data Collection Policy Changes

University of Michigan Vice Provost for Digital Education and Innovation, James Hilton, is working with an informal group to draft a Standard Practice Guide policy to govern the use of collected student data.

SOURCE: the Michigan Daily

25 January 2015
Stanford VPTL Educational Data Sharing Portal Completed

Stanford University’s Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) has completed its portal for sharing archived learner data from select online courses with researchers within Stanford and from other institutions. The purpose of this portal and its accompanying documentation is to enable ethically responsible, peer-governed scientific inquiry. Researchers may apply for archived learner data from Stanford at vpol.stanford.edu/research.

SOURCE: Learning Analytics Google Group via George Siemens

25 January 2015
Student Tracking Initiatives at Ball State University

Ball State University is involved in several initiatives meant to track and store information about student behavior. They are currently working with Rapid Insight to correlate freshman survey results with behavioral patterns gleaned from swipe-card activity, and are exploring the possibility of working with the Educational Advisory Board and/or joining the University Innovation Alliance to improve graduation rates through data analysis.

SOURCE: Tracking students’ digital footprint at Ball State

K-12


26 January 2015
Wisconsin Middle School find Success in Data-Driven Approach

Wrightstown Middle School tracks every detail of the student experience in order to achieve a uniform direction and constant improvement, and has become one of Wisconsin’s top schools. But Wrightstown is affluent. As Tim Kaufman, chair of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay College of Education points out, “for schools with less poverty the report cards may be a truer indication of teaching and learning.”

SOURCE: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/education/2015/01/25/data-driven-teaching-earns-wrightstown-school-top-grade/22324059/

25 January 2015
Phys Ed Fitness Tracking in Minnesota Schools

A project to develop fitness tracking technology for use in physical education classes has received $2.1 Million in funding from the US Department of Education. Activity and heart-rate monitoring is already seeing positive changes in student behavior.

SOURCE: http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27392289/homeroom-new-technology-every-move-counts-phy-ed

25 January 2015
New VA Bill to Prohibit Collection of Student Social Security numbers

There are two bills before the Virginia General Assembly meant to protect sensitive student information, the first, Bill 1307, would prevent schools from requiring the collection of social security numbers and would, instead, require the development of a separate set of identification numbers. The second, Bill 1334, would require the Department of Education to notify parents in cases where a security breech may have resulted in a FERPA violation.

SOURCE: http://www.tricities.com/news/local/article_958b2d7a-a50b-11e4-a4ed-6bea8f4fd0d7.html

Industry


27 January 2015
Unicon to Develop Integration for Sinclair Community College (SCC) between Apereo Notification Portlet and Student Success Plan (SSP)

Unicon will develop an integration between the Apereo uPortal and Student Success Plan (SSP) for Sinclair Community College. The project aims to make it possible for advisors, faculty, and students to view action items from within uPortal. The integration will be open source so that other institutions running uPortal and SSP can make use of it as well.

SOURCE: http://www.pressreleaserocket.net/unicon-to-develop-integration-for-sinclair-community-college-scc-between-apereo-notification-portlet-and-student-success-plan-ssp/51811/

25 January 2015
Learning Analytics Collaborative Seeks Partners to Transform Teaching Internationally

Sujoy Chaudhuri, data scientist at the American School of Bombay, has initiated a collaborative that aims to “take an active role in applying, researching, and developing learning analytics and data visualizations to transform teaching and learning.” To date, the collaborative has two partners, the American School of Bombay and the American International School – Chennai, and is involved in a incubator project with a high school to develop and interactive transcript.

SOURCE: http://asblac.org/index.htm

Events


27 January 2015
Over 200 People Take Part in LACE Seminars at Bett!
SOURCE: http://www.laceproject.eu/blog/200-people-take-part-lace-seminars-bett/

Research & Reports

Learning analytics: A Survey
Usha Keshavamurthy & H S Guruprasad | International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT) | Vol. 18 No. 6 (Dec 2014)

ABSTRACT — Learning analytics is a research topic that is gaining increasing popularity in recent time. It analyzes the learning data available in order to make aware or improvise the process itself and/or the outcome such as student performance. In this survey paper, we look at the recent research work that has been conducted around learning analytics, framework and integrated models, and application of various models and data mining techniques to identify students at risk and to predict student performance.

SOURCE: http://www.ijcttjournal.org/Volume18/number-6/IJCTT-V18P155.pdf

“Twitter Archeology” of Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conferences
Bodong Chen, Xin Chen, Wanli Xing | LAK ’15 (In Press) | March 16 – 20, 2015

ABSTRACT — The goal of the present study was to uncover new insights about the learning analytics community by analyzing Twitter archives from the past four Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) conferences. Through descriptive analysis, interaction network analysis, hashtag analysis, and topic modeling, we found: extended coverage of the community over the years; increasing interactions among its members regardless of peripheral and in-persistent participation; increasingly dense, connected and balanced social networks; and more and more diverse research topics. Detailed inspection of semantic topics uncovered insights complementary to the analysis of LAK publications in previous research.

SOURCE: http://meefen.github.io/public/files/Chen_LAK15_Twitter_Archeology.pdf

Evidence Hub Review
Doug Clow, Simon Cross, Rebecca Ferguson, Bart Rienties | Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) | D2.5 (Dec 2014)

ABSTRACT — This document sets out the background, development and launch for the LACE Evidence Hub (http://evidence.laceproject.eu/), a way of gathering the evidence about learning analytics in an accessible form. It describes the functionality of the site and analyses its quantitative and thematic content to date and the state of evidence. It then sets out plans for further work.

SOURCE: http://www.ijcttjournal.org/Volume18/number-6/IJCTT-V18P155.pdf

Opinions

Editorials


Leveraging Learning Analytics
Niall Sclater | University Business | 27 January 2015

Sclater discusses how UK institutions are getting started with learning analytics, how institutions are grappling with ethical questions, and important considerations as they move ahead into the future. Motivations for investment in learning analytics are varied, but retention continues to be a driving concern. Ethical implications are often raised in conversation, but have yet to prove very problematic in practice. Exemplary, here, is the Open University, which worked with its student association to develop a policy for the ethical use of student data. Sclater emphasizes that the UK (along with everyone else) is still in the early stages, but UK institutions are increasingly interested in understanding how to best make use of the vast amounts of data that they are accumulating.

SOURCE: http://universitybusiness.co.uk/Article/leveraging_learning_analytics

Colorado’s New Higher Education Funding Model
Mark Ferrandino | The Denver Post | 24 January 2015

Prescribed by HB 1319, Colorado’s new model for funding higher education is supported by real-time, student0level data. Ferrandino commends the stakeholders “who helped launch a more transparent higher education funding system based on data and incentives aligned with the policy goals of the General Assembly”

SOURCE: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27380544/new-higher-education-funding-model

Blogs


Teachers turn to Data analysis to Help Students
Kristen Nicole | Silicon Angle | 28 January 2015

Interview with Raj Chary, Vice President of Technology/Architecture at Triumph Learning, LLC. To help educators with measuring the skills necessary for k-12 student’s to succeed in subsequent grades, Triumph Learning built Get Waggle, which launched in July 2014. Built from the ground up for grades 3-8, the platform supports Common Core subjects, including math and English language arts, and provides teachers an interactive platform to plan lessons that meet required standards.

SOURCE: http://siliconangle.com/blog/2015/01/28/teachers-turn-to-data-analysis-to-help-students/

A Taxonomy of the Ethical and Legal Issues of Learning Analytics v0.1
Niall Sclater | Jisc | 28 January 2015

Sclater provides a helpful summary of the literature review he conducted in December on behalf of Jisc. Following a workshop with the LACE Project and Apereo, during which the taxonomy will be clarified and refined, Sclater intends to use the taxonomy as the basis for work with the Code of Practice Advisory Group and the goal of developing a useful Code of Practice.

SOURCE: http://analytics.jiscinvolve.org/wp/2015/01/30/a-taxonomy-of-the-ethical-and-legal-issues-of-learning-analytics-v0-1/

K-12 Lessons and Higher Education Opportunity
Timothy D. Harfield | timothyharfield.com | 28 January 2015

Summary of a seminar at Emory University led by Ben Sayeski, Managing Partner of Education Strategy Consulting. Four major themes are identified, including (1) the importance of moving from the knowable to the known, (2) the value of transparency, (3) the priority of asking questions over making recommendations, and (4) maintaining a view to agility through platform agnosticism.

SOURCE: http://timothyharfield.com/blog/2015/01/25/was-the-data-analytics-and-learning-mooc-aka-dalmooc-a-success/

My First Course: Learning Analytics in the Knowledge Age
Bodong Chen | http://meefen.github.io/ | 27 January 2015

Bodong Chen (Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota) discusses the details of a course that he is teaching in the Spring 2015 semester: Learning Analytics in the Knowledge Age. The course is distinct from other previous courses in learning analytics on account of (1) an emphasis on learning rather than focussing too heavily on analytics and (2) the aim of producing new knowledge to solve real-world problems.

SOURCE: http://meefen.github.io/blog/2015/01/27/learning-analytics-course/

Was the Data, Analytics, and Learning MOOC (aka DALMOOC) a Success?
Timothy D. Harfield | timothyharfield.com | 25 January 2015

Response to a recent post in which the author claimed that the success of Data, Analytics, and Learning MOOC (aka DALMOOC) was something that should not be measured, and implies that we should be resistant to the concepts of ‘measurement’ and ‘success’ in general. Harfield points out the irony of such a position from the designer of a MOOC about learning analytics, and uses the piece as an opportunity to reflect critically upon what ‘success’ and ‘measurement’ mean.

SOURCE: http://timothyharfield.com/blog/2015/01/25/was-the-data-analytics-and-learning-mooc-aka-dalmooc-a-success/

Presentations

Learning Analytics: Threats and Opportunities
Martin Hawksey | 28 January 2015

Read commentary on Martin’s presentation here: https://mashe.hawksey.info/2015/01/presentation-learning-analytics-threats-and-opportunities/

Technical Challenges for Realizing Learning Analytics
Ralf Klamma | 29 January 2015