Siyaphumelela 3rd Conference 2017
The 3rd Siyaphumelela conference returns to its province of origin where it will be hosted at the Wanderers club in Johannesburg, in June this year. Similar to its predecessor’s offering, the conference will provide a platform for experts from the international community as well as key role players in the field of data analytics in higher education, to engage in conversations around evidence-based practices aimed at student success.
The 2017 conference serves to coalesce the findings of various institutional developments, notably that of its five partner institutions in the Siyaphumelela programme, and distil key systemic interventions, for national adoption, aimed at promoting student success.
SALDRU Vacancies: National Incomes Dynamics Study.
Umalusi Call for Research Collaboration
Umalusi, the quality assurance body of education provision, invites researchers to collaborate in a study involving all South African public universities and which is aimed at evaluating the ability of the NSC results to act as predictors of academic success at education institutions.
Closing date for applications is on the 28th April 2017.
Seeing Students as People in the World
As part of the Kresge Foundation (Siyaphumelela) project, the Wits University introduced a comprehensive Biographical Questionnaire on students' school and personal backgrounds, to enhance the understanding of how a student's socio-economic background would influence his/her chances of success at university level. This questionnaire collects comprehensive data on a number of variables in relation to student background including: home location; form of dwelling space; learning-enabling facilities at home and at the high school where the student matriculated; and various details of home-background information (i.
- Algorithms:Privacy Risk and Accountability
May 24, 2017. Through academic, policy, and industry circles, making progress on the cluster of issues related to algorithmic accountability has become a leading priority. The inaugural issue of the Future of Privacy Forum’s Privacy Scholarship Reporter provides a clear and compelling look into some of the most worrisome problems and promising solutions.
- Walking the line of predictive analytics in higher education
May 19, 2017. A column from Blackboard addressing the ethical implications of learning analytics. "Predictive analytics are not about perfect future outcomes; they are about analyzing historical and current data to project a likely future outcome." In particular, "it allows for sharing of output analytics to enable institutions to act... Implementing predictive analytics comes with a responsibility to define a process for appropriate and timely intervention responses." Stephen Downes points out that this is all "All fine, but this post elides the question of ownership. Analytics are discussed here exclusively in the institutional context, and without reference to the right of learners to know about and manage the employment and distribution of performance data.''
- Dimensions of personalisation in technology-enhanced learning: A framework and implications for design: Dimensions of personalisation in TEL
May 18, 2017. The author, Rebecca Ferguson, proposes a framework for the analysis and creation of personalised TEL. This paper outlines and explains this framework with examples from a series of case studies which includes one on learning analytics. The framework serves as a valuable resource in order to change or consolidate existing practice and suggests design guidelines for effective implementations of future personalised TEL.
- Articulating the connection between Learning Design and Learning Analytics
May 18, 2017. In this presentation the author starts from the statement that there is no such thing as a neutral design. In the era of increasing technology mediation learning experiences need to be designed considering the capacity to capture data, the possibility of making sense and derive knowledge from the data, and the need to act on that knowledge. the presenter explores some initiatives to make these connections explicit in a learning design. Using a flipped learning experience, the presenter explore how to embed data and data analysis as part of the design tasks.
- How universities can use learning analytics to boost fair access and retention
May 18, 2017. An article from JISC staff members describing how the effective use of learning analytics data insights in access agreements can assist with access and retention.
- Using #learningAnalytics to inform research and practice #educon17
Apr 26, 2017. A blog post on Dragan Graevics talk on Learning Analytics at the Educon2017
- This Mathematician Brought Big Data to Advising. Then Deeper Questions Emerged.
Apr 24, 2017. An article describing how Tristan Denley, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents, introduced an online course-recommendation tool called Degree Compass, a predictive analytics programme which is often compared to Netflix.
- Literature Survey on Educational Dropout Prediction
Mar 24, 2017. A journal article describing a study conducted in India which attempts to find the existing gaps in predicting educational dropout and to find the missing attributes if any, which may further contribute for better prediction.
- UNESCO: Six ways to ensure higher education leaves no one behind
Apr 24, 2017. Unesco Policy Paper
- The Future of Data Driven Decision making
Apr 18, 2017. How do we move to a data-led culture in UK research and education? The second in a series of reports to emerge from the JISC's horizon scanning project.
- Digital Ethics Lab
Based at Oxford University, the lab seeks to tackle the ethical challenges posed by digital innovation. The goal is to identify the benefits and enhance the positive opportunities of digital innovation as a force for good, and avoid or mitigate its risks and shortcomings.
- Carnegie Maths Pathways
A website dedicated to the Carnegie Math Pathways which allows one to sign up as an Explorer to learn more about their approach and impact, review their curriculum and instructor resources, and more.
- Higher Education Data Analyser
HEMIS Data presented through a dashboard
- Student Success Plan (SSP)
SSP is designed to improve retention, academic performance, persistence, graduation rates, and time to degree. The open source SSP case management software supports a holistic coaching and counseling model which expedites proactive interventions for stude
- Council on Higher Education (CHE)
The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established in May 1998 in terms of the Higher Education Act (Act No 101 of 1997),and it functions as the Quality Council for Higher Education in South Africa.
- Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
The Department of Higher Education was created in 2009 and is responsible for tertiary education, post-schooling and skills development in South Africa.
- Data Analysis and Data Visualisation Resources (OER Commons)
ISKME created OER Commons, launched in 2007, to support and build a knowledge base around the use and reuse of open educational resources (OER). As a network for teaching and learning materials, the site offers engagement with resources for curriculum ali
- Next Generation Learning - Resources on Learning Analytics
Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multi-year initiative created to address the barriers to educational innovation and tap the potential of technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. This
- Learning and Knowledge Analytics Course Site
This site is devoted to learning and knowledge analytics – a growing area of interest to educators, administrators, and entrepreneurs.
- EDUCAUSE Learning Analytics Library
The EDUCAUSE Library is the preeminent clearing house for information about timely topics and research supporting the use and management of technology in higher education.
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Wed11th Annual Higher Education Conference - Hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Elangeni Hotel and Conference Centre, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport Hotel in Johannesburg