Learning Analytics: Readiness and Rewards

Norm Friesen, Scripting News, Jan 01, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Norm Friesen examines learning analytics "by looking at two main levels at which learning analytics can be or has been implemented in educational organizations." He advises that institutions adopt an incremental approach (which is kind of like advising that people get some sleep every day or that babies should be fed milk). The paper itself, though, is the sort of solid analysis Norm Friesen is capable of. He examines, for example, "the way data are simplified and represented visually for... individuals." He looks at SNAPP, short for “Social Networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice.” and adds "This tool analyzes one particular kind of online course data: student participation in online discussion forums." It forms the basis for analytics in most learning management systems.

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