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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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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11 Most “Wicked Awesome” Education Infographics I’ve Seen Lately

On November 7, 2012, in Education, General, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Who doesn’t love a good infographic?

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.

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.”

Summertime is Test Prep Time

On June 26, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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With so little time available for yet more studying while school is in session, summer is perhaps the most popular time to prepare for standardized tests. In particular, summer is the perfect time for high school juniors to begin preparing to take the ACT or SAT test in the fall. The same goes for seniors [...]

Two Ways Learning Analytics Might Help Reduce Cheating on the SAT and ACT

On April 3, 2012, in ACT, In The News, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the wake of a recent cheating episode, the SAT and ACT exams will now require students to upload or mail in a photograph when they sign up for an exam. This photo will be printed on their admissions ticket, and on the roster at the test center. On test day, proctors will compare each test-taker’s photo ID with the photo provided at signup.

Three Advantages of a Learning Analytics Based SAT/ACT Diagnostic Test

On January 24, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, by Scott Cronenweth
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In a highly competitive college admissions environment, every advantage counts – and that can include a higher standardized test score. Knowing clearly which exam could give you an edge is a key first step in the test prep process.

SAT or ACT? Now There’s a Better Way to Choose

On January 17, 2012, in ACT, Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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College-bound high school students face intense pressure around preparing for standardized admissions testing – including choosing whether to take the SAT or the ACT. While it’s generally recognized that neither test is “easier” or “harder” than the other overall, their formats are different – so one might be better suited to a particular student than the other. But which?