If you like learning, could I recommend analytics?

Bill Jerome, Mar 25, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Quick summary of learning analytics. I like the tack taken, as Bill Jerome begins by emphasizing that there aren't easy analytics to be had (at least, not in learning). "Don’t get me wrong," he writes. "Every student kept in school via an early warning system is an achievement.  But it’s not the big promise of learning analytics.  It’s an achievement of website analytics very similar to those studied by the commerce sites.  The more a user stays engaged with their sites, the more profit they generate.  The comparisons to those kinds of analytics pretty much end there.  Unfortunately for those looking for the easy path, our outcomes are complex and the inputs aren’t actually that obvious either."

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