09. LAK11 - Measuring Activity and Success

The Learning Analytics course was offered by George Siemens, in conjunction with a Learning Analytics conference.

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What Tools Can We Use to Measure Activity and Success?

- AWStats - http://awstats.sourceforge.net/

Tops on Analytics

- The table describing all the connections between people and objects in the course is called the graph. There is an entire domain of graph analysis. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graph_theory

How Can We Use Analytics to Measure Success

(Stephen to insert - theory on nearness to clusters of expertise)

User Stories
Having heard a lot of (what sounded like) hype about Massive Online Open Courses, and having just finished a master's degree that past December, I decided to take a MOOC for a spin.  I had heard quite a few things about PLENK and CCK09 from my PLN and I knew that LAK was coming up. Learning analytics was a new concept for me, and one that was quite interesting as well, so I signed up for LAK11.  In hindsight, even though LAK11 was six weeks long, it really felt short and it felt like there was much more to cover (and lots more interesting conversations to be had!).  It was also the perfect MOOC for a new MOOCer (or is it MOOCie?) because it used Moodle, a familiar LMS, and discussions took place in a contained environment. It also had the familiar look and feel that all my previous (credit bearing) online courses had that made it that much easier to jump in, participate and learn. The clearly defined and organized syllabus, readings and the use of an LMS made it more like a college course that was open to a wider community. Despite (what seemed like) overwhelming amounts of materials and discussion the MOOC was quite interesting and useful. All things considered, it was a pretty cool MOOC!  ~ Apostolos Koutropoulos 2011-09-07