Moodle Launches “Introduction to Learning Analytics” Online Workshops For Developers, And Researchers

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The Moodle Learning Analytics Working Group, spearheaded by Elizabeth Dalton and David Monllaó, has announced the launch of the online workshops “Introduction to Learning Analytics,” a self-paced, project-based course accessible for free at moodle.org. It continues the progress on making the Moodleverse more familiar with the powerful and open source prediction capabilities available in Moodle since version 3.4.

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The courses offer two tracks: Developer and Researcher. Since the latter refers to studying the use of Analytics associated with curriculum theory and the design of learning interventions, Educators (teachers, instructors and school officials) are also encouraged to take the Researcher path. At the end of the workshop, either will have created a final product:

Beginning Researchers will have created a use case including the following elements: Scope, User story, Actors, Details and a final Discussion. See more in the video above.

Beginning Developers will have built their own analytics plugin using the Analytics API and taking advantage of sample files available in GitHub. They will become acquainted with the API and the architecture of the predictive model. See more in the video below:

Both tracks will cover general aspects of the design, development and implementation of Moodle Learning Analytics, including the defining elements and uses of predictive models in learning and education, practical product and process design considerations, ethical and privacy (GDPR) issues, and the role of predictive student modeling in the teaching practice. Moodle’s philosophical position continues to frame technology as an empowering tool for teachers, not a replacement.

Users who complete either track will be awarded a “Beginning Designer” or “Beginning Developer” badge to display in their own Moodle sites, their moodle.org profile, or wherever open badges are compatible.

Read more and get started with “Online Workshop: Introduction to Learning Analytics” at moodle.org.■


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