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Learning analytics – or learner surveillance?

  Crosslin, M. (2019) Is Learning Analytics Synonymous with Learning Surveillance, or Something Completely Different? EduGeek Journal, October 30 This is an excellent, thoughtful article about the difference (if any) between learning analytics and learning surveillance, based on a series of...

An online app for indigenous language users: Lakota

Press Pool (2019) Breakthrough app to allow for online learning of Lakota Indian Country Today November 21 I was intrigued by this announcement, for a number of reasons. many indigenous languages are disappearing as elders die; this mobile app or...

Results for 2019 survey of online learning in Canadian post-secondary institutions now available

  Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (2019) National Survey of Online and Digital Learning 2019 National Report Halifax NS: Canadian Digital Learning Research Association CDLRA has just released the national report on its third annual survey of online and distance education...

Should all lecturers have to have a teaching certificate? Why the answer is a...

Fredua-Kwarteng, F. and E. (2019) Should all lecturers have to have a teaching certificate? University World News, 9 November The proposal My colleague Clayton Wright sent me the link to this article with the question, to which I replied 'Yes -...

Learning analytics in online learning: trying hard but need to do better

I have now covered all five main articles in the special August issue of the journal Distance Education on learning analytics (because it is not an open publication). These are: analytics and learning design at the UKOU. analytics and personality...

MOOCs and student data privacy: a sentiment analysis

Are you still with me as I plough through the special edition on learning analytics from the journal Distance Education? I hope so. I hope this isn't too boring for you but at least I am persistent. I am...

Using learning analytics to predict mastery: a flawed concept?

I'm slogging my way through the special issue on learning analytics in Distance Education, a subscription-only journal, because what is happening in this field is important but mostly wrong in its approach to teaching and learning.  This is the fourth...

Learning analytics and gamification: a significant study

This is the third post reviewing articles in the journal Distance Education, Vol. 40, No.3, a special edition on learning analytics in distance education. The first post was on analytics and learning design at the UKOU. The second post...

Learning analytics and personality traits: a scary night-time story

This is the second post reviewing articles in the journal Distance Education, Vol. 40, No.3, a special edition on learning analytics in distance education. The first article was on analytics and learning design at the UKOU. As always if...

Learning Analytics and ‘Learning Design’

The latest edition of the journal 'Distance Education' is focused on the use of learning analytics: the aim of this special themed issue...is to foster scientific debate...to understand how learning analytics can lead to an understanding of learning and teaching...

About Tony Bates

Dr. Tony Bates is the author of eleven books in the field of online learning and distance education. He has provided consulting services specializing in training in the planning and management of online learning and distance education, working with over 40 organizations in 25 countries. Tony is a Research Associate with Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network.