SIS integration is a topic discussed at the CanvasUKHE Group & the need for cases studies which illustrate what is possible and how it is achieved in practice. These slides and code could contribute to case studies regarding the integration of assessment & grades data with SIS or MIS systems
My colleague at LSBM Karen Stepanyan, and I spent the week (April 25-29) at LAK 16 in Edinburgh. Also taking in the ending Key note for Learning@Scale. Here I record a few notes under three headers, and re-present slides that resonated with me. As part of the week I participated in these workshops:
Analytics on a live performance (presenting slides in this case)
Somebody at a music college gave me some feedback on their institutions progress with the Canvas LMS. I asked them what might be of interest at LAK16, and they responded: the analytics of performance. Being a musician of sorts myself this was interesting. This paper from Cross-LAK was the closest I encountered to the analytics of a performance: Towards a distributed framework to analyze multimodal data
Vanessa Echeverria, Federico Domínguez and Katherine Chiluiza
Abstract: Data synchronization gathered from multiple sensors and its corresponding reliable data analysis has become a difficult challenge for scalable multimodal learning systems. To tackle this particular issue, we developed a distributed framework to decouple the capture task from the analysis task through nodes across a publish/subscription server…
What was most of interest to me: To see a system with automatic analysis and reporting on the quality of a persons “presentation” or “performance” – based on analysis of audio and video streams and textural analysis of presentation slides.
Metacognition in learning and Experience Sampling Apps @Scale
These notes are not about one paper, but about what a number of presentations/papers made me wonder. In short: why am I not aware of an Apps/projects working at scale (~thousands of schools), to help learners, and gather data related to meta-cognition (and maybe the learners emotions as well) – perhaps using an experience sampling method (ESM)? After all, governments around the world spend a considerable amount of money on educating young people, and it is often less effective than hoped. This seems like a great albeit difficult project to increase the usefulness of Learning Analytics.
Also I have always thought one of the values of being introduced to the concept of ‘Preferred Learning styles’ was it gets us thinking about how we learn, and the most efficient ways of learning for our selves – meta-cognition. However “There presently is no empirical justification for tailoring instruction to student’s supposedly different learning styles”. This is a slide from Prof. dr. Paul A. Kirschner’s keynote lecture
…So this is what got me thinking about Metacognition in learning, and developing Experience Sampling Apps @Scale
New Forms of Assessment
A Dispatch from the Psychometric Front by Professor Robert J. Mislevy. This was another interesting lecture…Examples applications using new forms of assessment discussed are shown in this slide below: SimCityEDU; Packet Tracer – Cisco Networking Academy….
With this screen cast and accompanying materials in a Moodle course , I am trying give an overview of what in all likelihood, will in time become the standard way in which schools, colleges & other types of organisations manage large parts of their Information, Communication and Technology. However the focus will be on the anytime formative assessment of students work (files). For a good number of years I have been demonstrating & encouraging the adoption of what I think is effective use of technology, and thought I would share this. This was in part motivated by the needs of my own teaching practice
Youtube screen cast:
Diagram giving overview of Google Apps, Hapara & Moodle:
A primary interest of mine is supporting students development, & an important aspect of this is facilitating communication. @Stanmore college we have implemented what could be called an online “Personalised Learning Environment” (PLE) . This YouTube screen-cast should give you some insight. However in my experience it would do no harm if all maintained schools provided certain things as standard to staff & parents online.
In a recent book called “14-18 a new vision for secondary education” by Kenneth Baker (a former secretary of state for education), Mike Tomlinson and others makes a number of recommendations. The fundamental recommendations being establishing more middle schools for 9-13yrs, and improving the options we offer 14-18 year olds and their families.
It makes the point that we should learn from other countries with lower youth unemployment, and create (~3) substantial, popular & respected alternative pathways to GCSEs @16yrs, and Alevels @18yrs. Although it suggests that all 14-18 yr old should have a broad education including English, Maths, Sport, Science… it suggests a larger part of all students learning should be making connections with the real world of work and the jobs we do. The following PLE diagram includes a page supporting learning pathway choices at 14 & career advice . The diagram should be seen in conjunction with this screen-cast of an initial implementation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qYId0FKm4E