Posted by: Michael Atkisson | December 29, 2011

Great quote from George Siemens on the danger of the assessment target in Learning Analytics becomeing the object of learning

“We have to walk a fine line in the use of learning analytics. On the one hand, analytics can provide valuable insight into the factors that influence learners’ success (time on task, attendance, frequency of logins, position within a social network, frequency of contact with faculty members or teachers). Peripheral data analysis could include the use of physical services in a school or university: access to library resources and learning help services. On the other hand, analytics can’t capture the softer elements of learning, such as the motivating encouragement from a teacher and the value of informal social interactions. In any assessment system, whether standardized testing or learning analytics, there is a real danger that the target becomes the object of learning, rather than the assessment of learning.”

via Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2011: Data (Which Still Means Mostly “Standardized Testing”) | Hack Education.


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