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    • Linda Harasim
      December 19, 2011 - 11:46 pm

      Tony:
      I also believe that analytics might (and should) introduce a major advance for teaching and learning, especially online. This potential is dubious in the PACE system as you describe. The PACE model of learning and analytics seem to mechanize learning, numbing down the learner: arguably making “artificial intelligence’ true for human beings. Students engaged in such learning activities arguably become increasingly roboticized and mechanized in their response, and less innovative and able to create and construct new ways of problem solving and innovation.

      I have been working on rubrics to identify learning process and advances, especially in online collaborations such as education.

      Innovation, problem solving and knowledge building are not “predictable”. Predictability of content is based on replication of what has already been deemed “the correct answer”.

      Another aspect of prediction is not about outcomes but completion rates; Hiltz (1990; 1994) found that self-selection predicted successful completion of an online collaborative learning course.

      Cheers,
      Linda

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