Learning Analytics: what to measure?
Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure and privilege to do an afternoon session on learning analytics with a group of teachers at the Alberdingk Thijm College, Hilversum.
One of the reasons why I liked the session is because it was more a working session than a presentation. After a brief re-cap, participants brainstormed in small groups on things one might want to measure in a learning analytics context. Slide 18 below summarises the results.
- environment, light, carbon dioxide, oxygen,temperature, colour, weather, air quality, space, familiarity, background noise
- experience, involvement, stress, boredom, well being, fear, emotions, motivation, feeling of being competent, experiencing success, compliments from teachers and other students, security, bullying, acceptance
- duration of instruction, attention, learning effects, learning time, measuring every 10 mins whether you get through, best moments for instruction, before or after break, visual or auditory, result
- physical condition, sleep, eating, brain activity, heart rhytm, movement, teacher and student, breathing, voice, conductance, palm humidity
- web sites (related to learning or not), search activity, how long, relationship with domain being learned, facebook, alertness, thinking steps, brain activity
- social, pairing good with less good students or friends, gender, age, talking, keyword extraction, English or Dutch, space, quantity, interaction, between teacher and student,
- teacher behavior, walking around, interaction, patience, voice, compliments, humour, choice of words, volume, duration, clothes
OK, so this is isn’t perfectly structure, but, obviously, a group of 20 teachers can identify more relevant characteristics in 20 minutes than we will know how to measure, analyse and visualise in the next 20 months ;-)
Maybe you have some additional suggestions for things we could also measure?