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Synthesis of the ELI 2012 Online Spring Focus Session

Just four weeks ago the ELI 2012 Online Spring Focus Session on learning analytics finished. One of the presenters and participants, Christopher Brooks, BSc, MSc of ARIES Laboratory, University of Saskatchewan provided a detailed synthesis of the 2-day session.


The ELI 2012 Spring Focus session on learning analytics was an impressive two-day event with 15 speakers and more than 150 participants from around the globe coming together to share experiences on capturing, analyzing, and making sense of student behavior and evaluation data. Presentations were fast and furious, and the activity on the conference Twitter backchannel (#elifocus) provided evidence of the huge amount of energy being expended in higher ed on the topic of learning analytics.

EDUCAUSE Learning Analytics Talk

The ELI Spring Focus Session on learning analytics just finished up last week. Simon Buckingham Shum the final presenter blogged about his session. Below is an excerpt with a link to the full blog and resources.

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Analytics that Inform the University

In just one week the ELI 2012 Online Spring Focus Session will begin. One of the presenters, Thomas B. Cavanagh, assistant vice president of distributed learning at the University of Central Florida will present on how analytics can go beyond course development to inform at the instutional level. Below is an excerpt from an upcoming article Mr. Cavanagh is finalizing for JALN, and it will be the focus of his session on Wednesday, April 11, followed by a brief Q&A.

Learning Analytics, Ethics and Privacy Issues

Employing analytics in higher education raises a number of issues. One of the sessions of the ELI Online Spring Focus Session will provide a landscape of the ethical and privacy issues related to learning analytics, as well as develop a foundational knowledge for:

  • Identifying individuals on your campus to include in the process
  • Working with those individuals to cultivate a balanced approach

Hosted inside an Adobe Connect learning environment, this virtual event will allow you to exchange ideas and collaborate interactively with the teaching and learning community.  There’s still time to register yourself, or get a team together to build rapport, enrich collaboration and reflect on the implications of learning analytics for your campus.

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