by Stephen Downes
Nov 18, 2016
This is a MOOC created out of the presentations and discussions I and a dozen or so colleagues had at a colloquium on the Isle of Capri at the invitation of the University of Naples Federico II. The enrollment page is here. Only the first week is available so far, featuring short intro videos from each of us, but the next few weeks will feature the longer presentations from us all.
This is an overview of how Moodle will approach learning analytics under the leadership of Elizabeth Dalton. "Dalton believed the offerings of analytics spoke too much corporate and too little actual intervention. It surprised her when the community seemed to forget or overlook that 'learning analytics are about learning'. It is understandable that marketing materials and approaches are made in the context of a business case, especially for learning organizations focusing on the enterprise. But she fears the 'metaphor is going too far'." The article isn't very informative, but you'll want to follow the Moodle Analytics series, the link to the video (a great talk from Dalton) as well as the reference to Schiro's curriculum theory.
There are numerous behavioural change models, but John Mayne expresses surprise that they are not used more in educational literature. This is likely because behaviourist accounts have largely been replaced with the sort of cognitive modeling processes described in constructivism. In any case, Mayne here (12 page PDF) works with the Michie, Stralen and West (2011) COM-B model: "behaviour (B) occurs as the result of interaction between three necessary conditions, capabilities (C), opportunities (O) and motivation (M)." I wouldn't adopt this approach, but it's important to note because management programs tend to favour behaviour-based Theory of Change (ToC) models, and this is what projects (like Silicon Valley's) without a lot of educational background tend to produce.
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