Bespiegelingen over Learning Analytics (#in)

Mijn collega Wolfgang Greller heeft de afgelopen dagen een paar zinvolle bespiegelingen geschreven over Learning Analytics. In The greater good of Learning Analytics stelt hij dat Learning Analytics kan bijdragen aan zelfbeschikking en keuzevrijheid van lerenden. Maar dat deze ontwikkeling ook kan leiden tot middelmatigheid en conformisme, indien Learning Analytics gericht is op het sturen van gedrag (en meer administratie).

In Pedagogy and the Learning Analytics model gaat hij in op de relatie tussen didactiek en een kader voor Learning Analytics. Didactische strategieën zijn volgens Wolfgang van invloed op Learning Analytics, terwijl de uitkomsten weer gevolgen hebben voor de didactische keuzen. Hij schrijft ook:

A key element of the Learning Analytics process that is not explicitly present in the model is that the outcome of any analysis needs to lead to a decision process which determines the consequences. Whether these are pedagogic or not, depends very much on the goals specified. Decision making can be stimulated and executed through the method applied and the algorithms chosen, for example in recommender systems. But decisions can also be taken by a human (e.g. teacher or self-directed learner). In any case they would lead to consequences and through a feedback loop the process can be chosen to be iterative.

Wolfgang Greller laat ook zien dat uitkomsten van analyses ook heel verschillend gebruikt kunnen worden.

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Wilfred Rubens (1964) currently works as an independent consultant, project leader, blogger and teacher in the field of technology enhanced learning. He leads innovative projects, he provides advice, keynotes, presentations, workshops and classes about technology enhanced learning. Wilfred has been professionally involved in e-learning for more than 20 years. For more than 15 years he blogs about ICT and learning. He is (co-)author of a book about elearning trends and developments (in Dutch), and a book about social learning. Wilfred is also one of the editors of the Dutch portal, member of the advisory board of the anual Dutch Next Learning conference and member of the advisory board of the ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN.

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