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  • Tanya Elias published a blog post The Three Tricks of Instructional Design August 16, 2011 - 7:34pm
    After months of banging my head against a wall, today a realization... Instructional designers need to learn to both think outside of the box and do as they are told. But there are three tricks: 1. Timing Analysis and design is all about...
  • Tanya Elias commented on the blog learner-teaching-learning analytics March 4, 2011 - 6:17pm
    Hi Jon, Originally I had thought that 'learning analytics' the much smaller definitions you've noted above, bu it is clear to me that it is going to be used to describe all of the above related, but very different aspect. I also agree that learner...
  • Tanya Elias published a blog post A Day in the Life of an AU Student March 3, 2011 - 11:47pm
    I arrived home from the learning analytics conference on Tuesday night close to midnight.  It was really good, and I'll hopefully get to blogging about it in the next couple of days.  But right now, I feel the need to write about what...
    • Personally, I think the integration of your academic studies into your life is a fabulous thing. I believe that is what I established when I was a graduate student, with a full time job and two kids, even before the days of online courses. Of course, then it was much more difficult to have seamless integration, because of travel and place.

      Now that my work life is totally online, I do not differentiate it from any other part of my life. I never shut it off, but then I never shut off any other part of my life. I have had discussions with online colleagues, who believe, and perhaps it's true, that they work 9-to-5 Monday to Friday. I can't understand this approach. I organize so much of my work when trying to get to sleep at night or when I'm walking or driving somewhere that it is impossible to separate work from life. Why bother trying?

      So what I am saying, from my perspective, is that you are very fortunate that you are able to integrate (and in this sense it doesn't seem like the right word) so many aspects of your life. It is enriching.

      Caroline Park April 14, 2011 - 10:28am

  • Tanya Elias published a blog post The Semantic Web? .......Argh! January 29, 2011 - 12:57pm
    The focus this week of LAK11 this week was largely the semantic web.  I listened to Dragon Gasevic's talk with interest and then I tried to follow George, Dave and Jon's conversation as they discussed it on Friday. And then I tried really hard...
    • I have met Dragan and am actually a colleague of his in TEKRI but I also find the semantic web a mystery. So I went to the bible of all Knowledge , Wikipedia and found this definition:

      Semantics (from Greek sēmantiká, neuter plural of sēmantikós)[1][2] is the study of meaning. It typically focuses on the relation between signifiers, such as words, phrases, signs and symbols, and what they stand for, their denotata.

      Linguistic semantics is the study of meaning that is used by humans to express themselves through language. Other forms of semantics include the semantics of programming languages, formal logics, and semiotics.

      I believe that I understand somewhat what they are trying to do but how????

      I also think it is a much bigger thing in Europe than in Canada. Maybe Dragan or someone with know how will respond.

      Caroline Park January 30, 2011 - 8:59am

    • The semantic web seems to be one of those ideas that keeps getting mentioned as "the next big thing" and "just around the corner." So far, it has yet to develop in a meaningful way (as far as I've been able to tell). I understand the concept behind and what the ultimate goal is, but it doesn't seem to me like the implementation is practical at this point.

      I do know that there is work being done in artificial intelligence that may be able to eventually help create a semantic web, but my understanding is that it's no where near the stage of being a workable solution.

      I like the idea, but I'll believe it when I see it.

      That said, it's a fascinating area of research even to someone like me who is little more than a layman in the field.

      Adam Snider February 1, 2011 - 9:52am

  • Tanya Elias published a blog post Do we get too caught up with grades? January 14, 2011 - 8:46am
    It seems like whenever we talk about student acheivement, and especially when we start  talking about analytics, we start talking about grades/ scores/marks. It shouldn't be surprising because grades/ scores/ marks are the most deeply...
  • Tanya Elias published a blog post LAK11 Moodle by the Numbers January 12, 2011 - 11:54pm
    John Fritz did an excellent job yesterday starting off the conversation about learning analytics.  One of the things he talked about was the need to better use existing LMS data and to share that data with others.   His talk prompted me...
  • Tanya Elias published a blog post Learning Analytics Open Course First Impressions January 11, 2011 - 12:02am
    The Learning Analytics course has just begun, and as usual I feel completely overwhelmed, like I've bitten off more than I can chew. So I'm going to try and use this blog as my thinking space.  Here we go: First impressions: Where do I...
    • Tanya,

      I had momentarily thought of being a part of this course but decided, A. I didn't have the time and B. these MOOC courses are difficult for "goal directed" people like me.

      I will follow the happenings through your blog if you keep at it ;-)

      Have fun learning.





      Caroline Park January 11, 2011 - 8:30am

  • Tanya Elias uploaded the file Learning Analytics: Definitions, Processes and Potential December 29, 2010 - 10:38pm
    A literature review that provides a broad overview of learning anlytics and related fields.
  • Tanya Elias uploaded the file Learning Analytics: Definitions, Processes and Potential December 29, 2010 - 10:36pm
    Literature that provides a broad overview of learning analytics and related fields.
  • Tanya Elias uploaded the file Learning Analytics OER December 29, 2010 - 10:14pm
    Interactive Power Point presentation intended to introduce learners to the basics of learning analytics.
  • Tanya Elias created the group Self-paced research group November 29, 2010 - 10:36pm
    Group researching ways in which social interventions can be integrated into self-paced learning.
  • Tanya Elias commented on the blog You Can't "Get" Students to Blog! November 24, 2010 - 7:38pm
    Hi Glenn, Thanks for the post. I agree with you in theory, however being someone who is normally dragedd kicking and screaming into something new, I also wonder if the job of edcuators is not to "push" learners to try things that may be beneficial...
  • Tanya Elias commented on the blog Is Facebook Evil? November 21, 2010 - 12:06pm
    Hi Terry, I had to laugh at the title of your blog post.  When looking for a previous post by Jon Dron about Facebook I ended up searching for a word I knew was in it - evil.  At the time, it was the only reference to "evil" in the...
  • Tanya Elias created the group Calendar experiment group October 25, 2010 - 9:41pm
  • Tanya Elias joined the group LMS/LCMS discussion group October 21, 2010 - 10:04pm
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