CLATAC Bulletin No.4 (August 2012) Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Learning Analytics

Duval, Erik.
Attention Please! Learning Analytics for Visualization and Recommendation, LAK’11: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, 2011,
Discusses analytics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, and in particular the development and use of a dashboard for learners and teachers to make sense of the masses of data.

Learning Spaces

Cunningham, H., Tabur, S.
 Learning space attributes: reflections on academic library design and its use.
Journal of Learning Spaces, North America, 1, Jun. 2012.
Available at:http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ojs/index.php/jls/article/view/392/287

 Foster, F.
 Learning Space: Information Commons in C.G. O’Kelly at Winston-Salem State University.
Journal of Learning Spaces, North America, 1, j\Jun. 2012.
Available at: http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ojs/index.php/jls/article/view/387/274

Riddle, M., Souter, K.
Designing informal learning spaces using student perspectives.
Journal of Learning Spaces, North America, 1, Jun. 2012.
Available at: http://libjournal.uncg.edu/ojs/index.php/jls/article/view/282

Information Literacy

The ANCIL (A New Curriculum for Information Literacy) Blog -
http://newcurriculum.wordpress.com - has a new presentation available on Slideshare that documents the research to develop the new currculum, strategies for implementation and the subsequent work at LSE to survey undergraduate provision for information literacy. ANCIL is a research project that has grown out of the Arcadia Research Project based at Cambridge University Library but involves researchers from London School of Economics and elsewhere as well. They have some interesting graphics available as well as some templates for lesson plans and auditing IL.

MIL is the new IL!
IFLA has just released the Moscow Declaration on Media and Information Literacy: http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/moscow-declaration-on-media-and-information-literacy .
130 participants from 40 countries recently gathered in Moscow for the International Conference on Media and Information Literacy for Knowledge Societies. The Conference was aimed at raising public awareness of the significance, scale and topicality of the tasks of media and information literacy advocacy among information, media and educational professionals, government executives, and the public at large. There was also the aims of identifying key challenges and outlining policies and professional strategies in this field, and at contributing to improving international, regional and national response to Media and Information Literacy (MIL) issues. Conference participants clarified 5 aspects of MIL and made 12 recommendations to heads of state, education and research institutions and professional associations, etc.

RIDLs (Research Information and Digital Literacies Coalition) is a loose alliance of partners (UK) with the aim of promoting the value of training and development in information skills, and the advancement of information knowledge for academic researchers and others with a stake in academic research. Established formally on 1st June 2012 under the auspices of the Research Information Network (RIN) for an initial one-year period with funding from the Higher Education Council for England it develops the work already undertaken by the RIN Working Group on Information Handling within. More information: http://www.researchinfonet.org/infolit/ridls/

European Conference on Information Literacy will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 23-25 October 2013. Calls for papers recently released with proposals due February 2013. Any and all themes around information literacy are welcome. http://www.ilconf.org/paper-submission/

Indigenous, Intercultural and International Curriculum

University doors open to more regional and Indigenous students
http://minister.innovation.gov.au/chrisevans/MediaReleases/Pages/UniversitydoorsopentomoreregionalandIndigenousstudents.aspx

General

Gates Foundation
Here is a very interesting press announcement from Harvard and MIT regarding online learning free to the world funded by Gates Foundation.
http://www.edxonline.org/

A piece in The Conversation online forum refers to it:
No one wants to pay for news anymore, nor do they want to pay for movies, or broadcast TV, music, books, retail outlet overheads, or your time. No one, other than artists, content creators and publishers, is interested in copyright any more. No one cares about whether content creators (artists, writers, musicians etc) get paid or not. Why should they when we're all content creators now? Very few people are concerned about privacy. Everyone knows everything. Everyone wants to share everything. Now and forever. And for free
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/viva-la-digital-revolution-20120627-212rc.html

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs)

There has been quite a bit of discussion and debate in the media and online regarding the emergence of MOOCs and their impact. Here are some links on and about MOOCs.

Daphne Koller
What We're Learning From Online Education
http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_koller_what_we_re_learning_from_online_education.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2012-08-02&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

Alt-Ed
Alt-Ed is devoted to documenting significant initiatives relating to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), digital badges, and similar alternative educational projects. (featured in our last Bulletin)
http://alternative-educate.blogspot.com.au/

What’s right and what’s wrong about Coursera-style MOOCs
Online and Distance Education Resources, moderated by Tony Bates
http://www.tonybates.ca/2012/08/05/whats-right-and-whats-wrong-about-coursera-style-moocs/

Steve Kolowich
The Online Pecking Order
 Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2012 - 3:00am 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/08/02/conventional-online-universities-consider-strategic-response-moocs

Amanda Dunn and Katie Cincotta
Free courses from world's top unis a swipe away in online revolution
Sydney Morning Herald, Date August 12, 2012
 http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/free-courses-from-worlds-top-unis-a-swipe-away-in-online-revolution-20120811-241i5.html#ixzz23JzMYese

Simon Marginson
Yes, MOOC is the global higher education game changer
University World News, 12 August 2012 Issue No:234
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2012080915084470