ROER4D Workshop, Banff 2015 – Day Two

For the morning of Day Two of the workshop the group split into working groups.  I floated between the groups and tried to capture a sense of what was being discussed in each. Qualitative Data Analysis (led by Freda Wolfenden & David Porter) Freda presented some key things to consider: What does data analysis mean in …

Launching the Open Education Handbook

This morning I am taking part in a hangout to launch The Open Education Handbook, a collaboratively written document published by Open Knowledge Foundation for which I acted as the editor for the most recent edition. Lots of people were involved in putting together the manual, both directly (in book ‘sprints’ and through a working …

Thinking Learning Analytics

I’m back in the Ambient Labs again, this time for a workshop on learning analytics for staff here at The Open University. Challenges for Learning Analytics: Visualisation for Feedback Denise Whitelock described the SaFeSEA project which is based around trying to give students meaningful feedback on their activities.  SaFeSEA was a response to high student …

Guerrilla Research #elesig

Today I’m in the research laboratories in the Jennie Lee Building at The Institute of Educational Technology (aka work) for the ELESIG Guerrilla Research Event.  Martin Weller began the session with an outline of the kind of work that goes into preparing unsuccessful research proposals.  Using figures from the UK research councils he estimates that …

Data Visualization for Humanities

Here are my notes from today’s OU seminar which offers a survey of major online humanities datasets and some of the tools available for visualising them. Speakers: Dr Elton Barker (Classical Studies Department, The Open University, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Freie Universität Berlin) Ms Mia Ridge (PhD student, The Open University, and Chair of …

OERHub: Looking Forward

One of the things that we need to do as the OER Hub project progresses is keep track of the various research and dissemination activities that we are involved with over the two year period.  I have a couple of things to report on already… I’ll be writing a fuller report Visual Learning conference I …

Data Visualization Tools

There’s a nice list of data visualization tools available on netmagazine.  I think it would be really interesting to experiment with a few of these in the context of the redevelopment of the OLnet Evidence Hub in the OER Hub project. Modest Maps could be used instead of Google Maps to provide geolocation for organisations, …