The key here isn't necessarily Facebook....it's platforms that promote interaction among students that makes students successful
Some stats on LMS adoption in Canada
“It’s important that this cadre of professionals get recognized as a valuable profession and provided with opportunities for advancement,” Willcox says. “Without people like this, we’re not going to make a transformation in education.”
Scott, 53, who wears a vivid purple shirt with his suit, says retailers already analyse customer information in order to tempt buyers with future deals, and argues this is no different.
“Any time these services are free, eventually it’s the user who ends up paying,”
“In the US more than the UK . . . losing a student is a very expensive loss to an institution because they pay high annual fees,” he says. “If you can get to a student before they drop out, you can keep them in the institution.”
Despite these advantages, research has still revealed discomfort among students about the consequences of technological advances. Two years ago, the UK’s National Union of Students, together with online learning company Desire2Learn, undertook a major study of what youngsters thought of their universities and colleges using online education materials. It found that students were extremely suspicious of any suggestion that technology was replacing human interaction.
The survey — conducted through focus groups and interviews — showed students were reluctant to make their data available due to fears about how they would be judged. Those polled said they did not mind their data being anonymised as part of a study of their whole cohort, but said they didn’t want their lecturers to know that they personally had logged on to the network two minutes before an assignment was due to be handed in, that they read their ebooks late at night or that they were not engaging with their discussion forums.
A growing area of concern for students, says Poettcker, is the role that technology plays in the perceived “privatisation” of higher education, which has been debated in Britain after the tripling of tuition fees three years ago.
In this context, will the monitoring of students’ study habits really seem so bad? “We don’t need to use any of the data about you . . . to try and manipulate you,” he says. “We want to give you the data so you manipulate yourself”.
Procurement. The products that are available to us are heavily shaped by how we select them. If we want better choices, then we need to get better at choosing.
Providing a “virtual internship” experience at a fictional television news station, Toolwire’s Writing Games challenge students to review, practice, and demonstrate college level writing skills in authentic workplace scenarios. Each game takes about 20 minutes to complete and targets one to three specific learning objectives.
Some game research & meta-analysis
Learning analytics is very easy to do in the context of highly centralized teaching environments: where the institutions offers instructors a limited and requisite range of educational technologies, and where students agree to limit their learning activity to the teacher’s course. But learning analytics is first and foremost about learning, and learning in the 21st century is not centralized.
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