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The learning analytics journey gets easier every day. Still, there are lots of challenges to overcome. Two particular problem areas spring up: Mindsets and organizational culture. Often, disinformation limits a teacher's ability to leverage learning analytics. But...
A new report from Blackboard’s data science team led by Dr. John Whitmer finds that “data from multiple learning tools (…) improves the accuracy of predictions.” The report is the result of a joint research project between EdTech company...
A reported 450 customers from all over the world, in person or via web, joined Blackboard Analytics Symposium on February 1st and 2nd to exchange “emerging and high impact practices.” Throughout the event, the company made evident how LMS...
Blackboard’s magazine has published a “Learning Analytics” special edition including beginner introductions, case studies, ethical considerations, interviews, and a visual glossary. The main story is a profile of John Whitmer and the data science team he leads inside the EdTech...
“Dr. John” jumped for a few minutes from his Blackboard’s Data Science milieu and back to the Moodleverse to ask a sobering question: “I won’t make you say this out loud, but how many of your courses don’t use the...
Next week, the first of two MoodleMoot US 2017 will take place in New Orleans. Only this time, the Moot will take place alongside BbWorld 2017, Blackboard's largest event. Both large and diverse communities, the interaction between Moodle and...
The data science research team at Blackboard continues to share exciting findings from their ongoing quest about "how faculty and students use Blackboard Learn", a popular LMS and Moodle competitor. Their latest revelation seems to be that, for low-scoring...
Over my professional experience I have witnessed the many assumptions professionals tend to make about the use and value of statistics in their operations. For a regrettably long time, my work was victim of a common one: that forecasting was the sole...
Public results from analytics research initiatives are starting to inform the conversation in our learning community. A recent blog post by Blackboard shows some of the insights they have managed to draw from a Spring-long dataset of customer's courses across...
This past week I had the opportunity to see the live launch of X-Ray Analytics down in Washington, DC, (the relatively new home of the Moodlerooms owner: Blackboard). Before the live event, I took the opportunity to review the...