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 […]

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Sociology & Big Data

Can sociological researchers make use of big data?  Should they? There’s something equivocal going on between the allure of massive data sets and the temptation to try and explain everything in terms of that data… New Sociological Approach to Big Data » Sociology Lens.

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Data visualization as simulacra

I just saw this quote over at Radical Cartography and thought it was really interesting to think about in relation to data visualization, which is essentially also making spatial representations of information. Information is already abstraction from experience because in regarding it as knowledge rather than immediate sensation.  So, creating representations of information is moving […]

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Language Games

I’ve just filed my copy for a review of Martin Weller‘s book, The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Changing Academic Practice (which, incidentally you can buy online but if I was you I would just grab the free version online because there’s less chance of that getting wet and ultimately crispy like my copy did). […]

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OER13: Report & Slides

I’ve spent the last couple of days here in Nottingham at OER13, where I presented yesterday on the OERRH project and about some of the issues surrounding research synthesis.  Here are my slides: The Ecology of Sharing: Synthesizing OER Research from Robert Farrow In addition to presenting and generally taking part I’ve been liveblogging some […]

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