Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2014

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Learning Analytics Summer Institute which took place at Harvard in Cambridge, MA. The three keynote speakers were:  Pierre Dillenbourg (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), Phil Winne (Simon Fraser University), and Tiffany Barnes (North Carolina State University).  Continue reading

Seeing Double: the iPad Telepresence Robot

Double in Sydney controlled from London

Double in Sydney controlled from London (by courtesy of Prof Eeva Leinonen, University of Wollongong)

Videoconferencing has been around for several decades, but it has never been as mobile as the iPad Double robotic device. Imagine an iPad on Segway wheels that is remotely controlled with Skype-like capabilities that transports you to any Double robot anywhere in the world…now that’s mobile telepresence! See it working here.

I first saw this simple robotic device when visiting the University of Wollongong in Sydney, earlier this year. Continue reading

Analyzing student behaviors

Learning analytics enables tutors to gain useful insights on the behavior of students in the online learning environment. This information can then be utilized to:

  • customize the educational space
  • optimize the learning resources and activities
  • personalize the student experience

Our paper (access it here), published at the international “2nd Moodle Research Conference ” last year, presents an original approach, developed in collaboration with Dr. Cat Grafton from the School of Arts and Humanities, for analyzing the data of users’ behaviors recorded in the KEATS (King’s Moodle) logs.

The main Learning Analytics interface in Microsoft Excel (anonymised)

The main Learning Analytics interface in Microsoft Excel (anonymised)

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New KEATS version (v2.4)

Starting on Monday the 8th July KEATS will be upgraded to the latest version. The upgrade will help improve the stability of the system and fix known issues within the software.

As well as improved system performance, there are a number of new features available, such as an improved user interface for tutors and students, and an improved drag and drop file upload functionality. Continue reading