Sunday, September 18, 2011

C&I 489.05 Journal 2

After reading the 2011 Horizon Reports, my interest was really piqued by the mention of Learning Analytics - the process of gathering information on students, their academic performance, and their students trends, and based on the courses they are taking - in some cases while they are taking them - predicting their success rates for individual classes.

As this is an emerging technology, not much information exists surrounding it, but I have been searching.  Certainly, Purdue University seems to be taking the bull by the horns in this regard.  Purdue's campus wide SIGNALs learning management system incorporates learning analytical data.  The program is capable of giving students a report on their success rate as early as two weeks into the semester.  Through "Red light, green light, yellow light" indicators, it continues to monitor students' progress throughout every course they take.

Aside from Purdue, some Ed Tech innovators in Canada (some of Captain Toledo's pals, undoubtedly) Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier have been doing work with and surrounding learning analytics.  I could see that Dr. Downes even taught a masters level course through Athabasca University, but I could find out how to access the course.  I will keep searching.

Regardless, my curiosity has been peaked, and I could certainly see myself doing some sort of research, or some sort of writing regarding learning analytics.  It's predictive nature of student success rates is right up my ally - wanting to be able to predict teacher success rates and ultimately to measure a teacher's ability to bring about student improvement.  I'm very very excited about these prospect, and yet again, my head is swirling with Ed Tech possibilities!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

C&I 489.05 Journal 1

As I am onto another whirlwind Ed Tech course with Captain Toledo, I will be journaling throughout the course of the semester, and this is my first entry.

Thinking back on a meaningful assignment that we have completed so far, I certainly enjoyed putting the Video Remix together.  Collaboration with my classmates was certainly critical to completing this, as Sara gave us some incredibly helpful tips on how to easily rip video off the internet.  From there, continuing the (paramount) process of educating myself in iMovie was very enjoyable for me - and I am happy with my final Video Remix.

Going forward, my task will now be to quickly rip and file videos that I often return to in my teaching and practice, just in the event that they may one day no longer appear.  I am very grateful to have been assigned this project and look forward to using my newfound skills all the more.

Another aspect of the collaborative process surrounding this project was the opportunity to assist my peers with their own projects, particularly how to use iMovie.  I know all too well the frustration of not be able to get it to work when you are new to the software, and it was nice to be able to help my classmates through some of that - and to continue to learn new aspects of the program in the process!

You can see my final Video Remix by following this link.  Enjoy!