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  • “Analytics Rising: IT's Role in Informing Higher Education Decisions”
    Randall J. Stiles, Kristine Jones, and Vishvas Paradkar
    (ECAR Research Bulletin, May 2011, ECAR login required)
    This bulletin describes how CIOs and other IT leaders, through a focus on analytics, can work together with other institutional groups to provide clear and meaningful information for decision-makers across all institutional levels.
  • “Bring Data: Analytics, Outcomes, and the Role of IT Leadership”
    Kenneth C. Green
    (ELI Web Seminar, February 2011)
    Green reflects on the 1971 Newman Commission’s challenge to higher education, progress made, and challenges ahead as campuses continue to invest in information technology to support both instruction and operations and attempt to leverage their IT investments for data, information, and insight about instructional impacts and educational outcomes.
  • “Doing Academic Analytics Right: Intelligent Answers to Simple Questions”
    Ganesan Ravishanker
    (ECAR Research Bulletin, February 2011)
    This bulletin explores the various factors that must come together for an institution to have an academic analytics infrastructure that is flexible, agile, appropriately structured, and cost-effective.
  • Learning Analytics: The Coming Third Wave
    Malcolm B. Brown
    (ELI Brief, April 2011)
    This brief reports on the first International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge and summarizes the larger picture for learning analytics, based on the papers and discussions at the conference.
  • “The Case for Nudge Analytics”
    Colleen Carmean and Philip Mizzi
    (EQ, vol. 33, no. 4, 2010)
    The authors posit that “nudge analytics,” or machine recommendations based on patterns found in the data, might be a better way of encouraging the success of independent, working, and older students.

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  • EDUCAUSE Live! Spotlight on Mobile Computing Web Seminar Series: “The Mobile Difference”
    Lee Rainie
    The director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project discusses the project’s latest findings about how people use mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers (iPads). He explores how the mobile revolution has combined with the social networking revolution to produce new kinds of learning and sharing environments and how this has changed users’ expectations about the availability of media and information.

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