ALASI 2015 Day 2

Off to a cracking start to Day 2 of ALASI 2015 this morning with a fabulous keynote from Peter Reimann. Learning Analytics meets Learning Research mediated through Design-based Research (DBR).  It was a neat argument and the most lucid description of DBR that I’ve heard or read. Learning Analytics allows us to continuously record data… Read More »

ALASI 2015 Day 1

The first day of the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI 2015) was packed with things to think about. Lyn Alderman’s opening keynote was strong on solid practical advice about ensuring the relevance and quality of higher education courses and drew on her work at QUT. A key message from Lyn’s talk was the simple… Read More »

Crimson and Clover

Quelle horreur! In this morning’s ODT Crimson Consulting has purchased UniTutor, a local beneficiary of a bit of higher education unbundling. If we want ever more tangible evidence of widening participation gaps look no further. Crimson Consulting, according to its website, can help you get into the most elite of clubs: Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, Yale… Read More »

A Prickle in the Throat

Watched George Siemens giving a recent keynote at Learning with MOOCS 2015 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz6GxseTviY His main point seems to be about wanting MOOCs to “make us better as people and as a society” and lamenting the inequity and horror that goes on in Higher Ed. Laudable stuff but the gap between the haves and have-nots is… Read More »

Adventures in POS-Tagging

A misty grey day on the hill and Clover is huddled in her house with great friend Chicory. So, perfect conditions for fiddling with part-of-speech tagging in R… My goal was to try out the openNLP library in R on a learner corpus of short-answer responses. Having installed the openNLP library, the main issue was… Read More »

A Goat Called Clover

At the intersection of education and nature is The Goat. In this case, a goat called Clover. Popular wisdom in Higher Education is that academics should have an online profile to promote their research and teaching and to have an impact in the wider community. I’m unconvinced that much of what goes on in Higher… Read More »