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Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism

Learning Analytics and Ethics: A Framework beyond Utilitarianism | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Learning analytics stand poised to benefit students in previously impossible ways. Alongside innovation, however, ethical discussions need probing questions, assessments of possible outcomes, and active disagreement about future developments. Ethical modeling will not achieve these, at least not in a substantive way; principled reflection needs to keep up with the speed of innovation as closely as possible. An inner matrix of tensions will achieve ethical reflection aligned with innovation — or at least get us closer to that goal. When schools or companies build new learning analytics systems, or when schools are deciding between competing products, ethical discussions ought to be in the forefront of outcomes-based commitments. The proposed tensions of utopianism (what is the very best outcome?), ambiguity (are the outcomes knowable?), and nihilism (how are unexpected outcomes handled?) can help institutions and companies fulfill the goal of assisting student success."

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The author, James E. Willis, III is an educational assessment specialist at Purdue University.

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Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education

Using Predictive Analytics, Adaptive Learning to Transform Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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Each institution's goal for the grant is briefly described. We think these projects will yield useful lessons learned for others.

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"Seven universities are working on a year-long planning project to improve student success thanks to $225,000 grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...


Each university is working on a number of different strategies, but enough of them have some overlap that they can help each other as they go along. For example, The University of Akron and Portland State University are both working on credentialing knowledge, while The University of Akron and Georgia State are working on adaptive learning, among other things."

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Learning-Centric Data Scientists to Take Over Higher Ed

"Instructional designers were yesterday’s hot new member of the course development team. Today, the must-have course development team member (along with faculty and instructional designers and media specialist and librarians) is the data scientist.

And not just any data scientist.  A data scientist who is also an expert in program assessment.  A data scientist who is also a learning geek, steeped in all things Bloom and constructivist.

Maybe these learning-centric data scientists have always been wandering around campus.  Hanging out with the good people in Institutional Research, ensconced over at the Ed School.

From here on out the learning-focused data scientists are the new superstars.  The cool kids.  The big women and men on campus."

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Well, not really. But they are one symptom of drastically changing times. "This is a shift away from the model of a solo professor creating / delivering / evaluating each course to a team-based and data-centric teaching model."

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Research and Dissertation Grants from AIR

  • Use data from one or more of the national datasets of NCES and NSF. Research topics may cover a wide range of policy- or practice-related issues. For a list of previously funded topics visit the Funded Grants page. Applicants must include the analysis of data from at least one NSF or NCES dataset in the project. See the 2014 NSF/NCES Datasets (PDF) for more information. Additional large-scale, nationally representative datasets may be used in conjunction with the obligatory NSF or NCES dataset. 

  • Address the 2014 NPEC Focus Topic: "Noncredit Instructional Activity at Postsecondary Institutions." A national taxonomy of definitions does not yet exist in the scope of noncredit activity, and a wide variety of educational activities could be encompassed in ...
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Grants are $20,000 for dissertations and $40,000 for research. A wide range of recipients is possible.

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Resources for Institutional Research

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"While there is great value in AIR membership (including access to world class professional-development and education, discounts on key industry publications, and extensive networking and leadership opportunities) the Association is committed to providing valuable resources to all those in institutional research and related fields.
 
This section of the AIR website provides links to services offered to IR professionals that do not require AIR membership. These include IPEDS Training; the AIR Jobs Board; our electronic newsletter, e-AIR; and Measuring Quality in Higher Education: An Inventory of Instruments, Tools and Resources.
 
We also offer Links to External Resources, a collection of more than 2,200 external websites chosen to provide specific, useful information for just about anything relevant to working in IR and related fields.
 
AIR is the world's premier resource for all things IR, serving both our members and the greater IR profession. If you have a suggestion about something we could add to this list of resources, email us at air@airweb.org."
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It's time to share this excellent set of resources again.

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Predictive Patterns— 'Don't try using data as a weapon in organizational conflict'

Predictive Patterns— 'Don't try using data as a weapon in organizational conflict' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Regardless of how you define it, big data is transforming the way colleges and universities are being managed—and this trend is just in its infancy. Improving student success, identifying new sources of public support, increasing alumni giving, and reducing energy consumption are but a few of the opportunities waiting to be uncovered by data.


As you proceed, a word of caution: Don't try using data as a weapon in organizational conflict, Carleton's Rogers warns. 'This should be a collaborative effort where we're all working to get information because we care about the results,' he says. 'We have to create an environment where everyone is open to honest introspection and evaluation. The data might be positive—or not—but it's not personal.  It's intended to help the institution.'"

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Several useful mini-case studies.

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Innovative Approaches to Reducing Costs and Enhancing Institutional Effectiveness

Innovative Approaches to Reducing Costs and Enhancing Institutional Effectiveness | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Today, senior leadership, planners, and institutional researchers are tasked with doing more with fewer financial resources. Utilizing data from the Higher Education Consortia, this session will explore innovative approaches for integrating data systems and institutional research into the planning process in order to improve unit and institutional effectiveness. It will offer best practices and innovative strategies from the consortia’s nearly 200 member institutions on how to align data systems and transform institutional research practices into measurable and actionable cost data that can be benchmarked for facilitating unit and institutional improvement.

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The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning

The Big Data revolution: How data-driven planning and design is transforming project planning | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
There are literally hundreds of applications for deep analytics in planning and design projects, not to mention the many benefits for construction teams, building owners, and facility managers. We profile some early successful applications.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

SCUP member and author Gregory Janks provides heft to this Building Design & Construction article, which includes a nice Brown University mini-case study, with data maps. He says: “What we’re trying to promote is more isn’t necessarily better; better is better.”


Janks is author of of the SCUP booklet, Kings of Infinite Space: How to Make Space Planning for Colleges and Universities Useful Given Constrained Resources, and co-author of a recent article in Planning for Higher Education titled "New Metrics for the New NormalRethinking Space Utilization Within the University System in Georgia."


SCUP members can look forward to a follow-up article to "New Metrics": "Formula’s End: The University System of Georgia's Space Data and What it Means," to be published shortly in Planning for Higher Education.


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