Pinterest! LARC

Just Pinned to Education and Digital Cultures: The Learning Analytics Report Card (LARC) project asks: ‘How can University teaching teams develop critical and participatory approaches to educational data analysis?’ It seeks to develop ways of involving students as research partners and active participants in their own data collection and analysis, as well as foster critical understanding of the use of computational analysis in education. Working with students on specific courses within the Masters in Digital Education.

In spite of my default viewpoint being negative and dystopic (!) this looks like a really interesting approach to Learning Analytics, although I might have preferred it if students could choose what was tracked, not just what was displayed in their report. Perhaps doing so would mean that not enough student data would be captured for the research to be meaningful.

As well as tracking student data, individuals could be asked to supply contextual detail to supplement the algorithm’s understanding of them.

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