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Week 1: Connectivism?
Week 2: Patterns
Week 3: Knowledge
Week 4: Unique?
Week 5: Groups, Networks
Week 6: PLENK
Week 7: Adaptive Systems
Week 8: Power & Authority
Week 9: Openness
Week 10: Net Pedagogy
Week 11: Research & Analytics
Week 12: Changing views
Week 11 - Research & Analytics
Dates: March 28 - April 4, 2011
Our topics this week take two distinct directions: analytics & research.
In terms of analytics: The growth of data surpasses the ability of organizations or individuals to make sense of it. This concern is particularly pronounced in relation to knowledge, teaching, and learning. Learning institutions and corporations make little use of the data learners "throw off" in the process of accessing learning materials, interacting with educators and peers, and creating new content. In an age where educational institutions are under growing pressure to reduce costs and increase efficiency, analytics promises to be an important lens through which to view and plan for change at course and institutions levels. Corporations likewise face pressure for increased competitiveness and productivity, a challenge that requires important contributions in organizational capacity building.
In terms of research: Since 2004, we've encountered numerous discussions about the status of connectivism as a learning theory and potential research areas. This conversations have occurred in bits and pieces - in academic journals, in CCK courses, in conferences, and on blogs. This week, we will attempt to pull together some of the prominent critiques of connectivism and recast those as potential research topics.
- George Siemens, Learning Analytics & Knowledge draft syllabus, Google Group
- S.J.D. Baker and K. Yacef, The State of Educational Data Mining in 2009: A Review and Future Visions
- P.J. Goldstein, Academic Analytics: Uses of Management Information and Technology in Higher Education
- T. Elias, Learning Analytics: Definitions, Processes, Potential
- Frances Bell: Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning
- Wednesday: Live Session: Location: Elluminate , special guest - announced shortly (hopefully!)
Time:8:00 p.m. Moscow; 5:00 p.m. London; 12 noon New York; 9:00 a.m. Los Angeles; midnight Thursday Beijing
- Friday: Live Session: Location: Elluminate Facilitator's discussion.
Time:8:00 p.m. Moscow; 5:00 p.m. London; 12 noon New York; 9:00 a.m. Los Angeles; midnight Saturday Beijing