Learning Analytics and MOOCs

On April 30, 2013, in ed tech, learning analytics, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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According to a recent piece in the Stanford News, Stanford”s Lytics Lab is gleaning learning analytics data from MOOCs to understand how people learn.

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Helping Students Choose The Right Test Prep

On March 26, 2013, in ACT, SAT, Socrato, Test preparation, learning analytics, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Mary Ann Dorsher of ACT Ready makes a great point: it”s not all about figuring out what”s going to be on the test – it”s about getting the support needed to approach the exam with confidence.

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2013: The Year of Learning Analytics in Online Education?

On January 1, 2013, in learning analytics, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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Among the questions these learning analytics can potentially answer is: How can the online course instructor improve his or her instructional approach and better support students?

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An Expanding Vision for First-Generation Learning Analytics

On September 11, 2012, in Technology in Education, learning analytics, by Scott Cronenweth
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Most learning analytics systems center on online learning scenarios, where software can collect the data automatically. Using activities that are part of the online learning process — like logins, assignment completion, quiz scores and so on — learning analytics seeks to analyze the “digital breadcrumbs” that students leave as they interact with the online learning environment (and potentially other online spaces, too, such as Facebook).

4 Steps to Bring Learning Analytics to Online Education

On September 4, 2012, in Assessment & Testing, Technology in Education, Tutoring, learning analytics, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the emerging research area of learning analytics, technologists and thought leaders are envisioning ways to reveal how engaged students are, how much they’re learning, and how to enhance the lessons going forward.

Why Are There No Summer SAT/ACT Test Dates?

On July 24, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, learning analytics, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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High school students would benefit greatly from the option to take the SAT or ACT in the summer, versus during the higher-stress school year. Kids could finish their academic year, focus on test prep for part of the summer, and take the high-stakes exam in August. Why isn’t this an option?

Envisioning How Learning Analytics Can Improve Educational Outcomes

On July 3, 2012, in ACT, SAT, Technology in Education, ed tech, learning analytics, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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In a broader context, learning analytics is envisioned as a tool for improving education in nearly any environment. One new company, Junyo, was created to “make learning data actionable and fun to improve each student’s achievement.”