Learning Analytics: How "Big Data" can help education. Blog for EDT6020.
Learning analytics is really present online... like you mentioned, Facebook provides ads constantly and I find when I purchase something through Amazon, the site will show other items I may like based on what I recently viewed and/or purchased.When searching your blog, one visual that stuck out most was the 'The Four V's of Big Data,' as the definitions and the visual web, helped me understand the process better.I couldn't agree more with your information regarding how schools and education can use learning analytics to better suit the students. Standardized testing, I think, should be a thing of the past... I mean, right in your blog, you list 9 ways learning analytics can be taking to a different level and still find very useful data. Thanks for sharing your blog!
Megan, the visual of The Four V's of big Data also stood out to me as well. I thought it was a great visual as it broke down exactly what learning analytics is. I am not a fan of standardized testing, I believe that students constantly make great growth as a school year progresses. Obviously students develop at different rates, therefore if the students are making such growth why are they held to accountable to a test. In such cases learning analytics would be a great tool for those students. They would be showing growth as well as having lessons differentiated to their needs!
I agree that we need to move away from standardized tests! When I first read a description of Learning Analytics, I mistakenly thought it was just another term for processing standardized test data. While standardized testing can be a part of Learning Analytics, the concept is more about analyzing students' online preferences and habits to determine what they need to learn more effectively. Test data is important, but there are so many other sources of data that need to be explored!
Christina, I completely agree with you about moving away from standardized tests. With learning analytics students would be able to move at their own pace. As the work is being differentiated to them. It is a great idea to use learning analytics as we as teachers would be able to see how each student individually learns and learn how to tailor their needs so we can help them grow as a student and as an individual. When it comes to my students I am constantly looking at other sources from my students rather than just a test. I spend a lot of time trying to differentiate my lessons for my students. Even though I have some negative thoughts about learning analytics, I do think it would be a good idea to try.
Christina, I really enjoy reading your writing style! Your blog was very informative, and it is amazing to me the amount of information that can be gathered through learning analytics. I think that you are very correct in being wary of the "big brother" aspect as a con, especially when information is being used for profit. I love the idea that we can better differentiate education for our students as a result of learning analytics. I worry that educational companies will find ways to capitalize on this information for the sake of profit over what students really need.
The concept is a little scary. On one hand, it's exciting that computer programs can analyze a student's learning style and provide them with appropriate help. Students might be more willing to complete activities online if they know the activities are tailored to fit their needs. Still, privacy is a HUGE concern, especially if students' "preferences" are sold to advertisers. I think that shcool districts need to be wary when choosing an appropriate company to work with, to make sure that student data is not leaked to outside sources.
I totally agree! It seems like it has such potential if "used for good". Unfortunately, it seems like there is always someone waiting to capitalize on the needs of schools. It's happening right now with Common Core. It seems that if you slap the words common core on it, it's got to be a top notch product! I would hate to see that happen with the use of learning analytics. If only there was a way to glean the truly good ideas and resources from everything that is out there.
Christina, I agree that learning analytics it is a little scary. I agree that students may be more willing to work knowing the work is fitting their needs. It is showing the kids that you want them to succeed. The student data should never be leaked out into outside resources. That is one thing that makes me on the edge about it. Advertisers should not even try to access the material, it is to benefit the individual student and the student only!
Christina, I find learning analytics to be very interesting. I knew learning analytics was about data but I did not know the depth of it. You did a great job explaining it and provided some really great tools to help broaden my idea of it. My school is a big fan of data, therefore, we collect data on everything and then analyze it ourselves to help tailor each students needs. I am on the edge of allowing technology to do the work for me. Even though using learning analytics would save me some time, I am just not so sure that it is completely accurate. Also having the students constantly working on the internet could play a major disadvantage to a lot of schools, where technology is not readily available. Great blog Christina
Yes, one of the big disadvantages is that in order for a school to use learning analytics, all students would need access to the internet on a regular basis. Students may not need internet access on a DAILY basis, but I can't imagine something like this working if students weren't online at least once a week. I know in my building, there are certain months where computer access is completely cut off. The library computer lab is closed for the entire month of May due to testing. Still, I think if a school has the resources, a learning analytics program may be helpful. If teachers have access to student data from multiple sources, other than just from testing, it would help them paint a more accurate picture of that student's needs.
Learning analytics seems like a great way to improve education through data collection and analysis. In a way, all educators use learning analytics to make informed instructional decisions. I like how learning analytics is designed to give students instant feedback. I also employ data collections systems such as SMART Responders to provide students with instant feedback while collecting important assessment information. I would also agree that, although tons of student data exists, it's often not used effectively. I think learning analytics can transform the way educators use student data to design and deliver effective instruction.