[DG: Teaching & Learning] REMINDER: Free Webinar Tomorrow > Open Learning Analytics: A Strategic Imperative
Please consider participating in this
(free) Apereo Foundation webinar which will discuss the work taking place
under the Apereo Learning Analytics Initiative (LAI) to develop the world's
first open-source learning analytics platform. The webinar will take
place TOMORROW on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 12 Noon (1200) to
1 PM (1300) Eastern Time(New York).
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION Learning analytics is at a critical
juncture in its lifecycle. To date, much of the learning analytics-related
research, software development, and standards work that exists has taken
place in relative isolation. This lack of collaboration, openness,
and integrated systems greatly limits the potential of learning analytics.
LA initiatives have typically been dependent upon “closed” systems,
proprietary data models and single use tools – as opposed to an integrated
software suite for analyzing and communicating data on learning processes.
As institutions begin to move past discussion
and into implementation of learning analytics environments, the realization
of an open source platform for learning analytics becomes increasingly
important as an option for institutions to consider alongside commercial
offerings. In this webinar, learning analytics practitioners Josh
Baron, Alan Berg, and Gary Gilbert discuss a strategic vision of an open
source platform, including standards, systems, and tools, that can lower
the barrier to entry for institutions looking to get started with learning
analytics. There will be a short demo of current components of the
platform as well as details on accessing/contributing to the open-source
code repository and how to get more involved in the Apereo LAI.
ACCESS DETAILS Registration is not required but you
are encouraged to connect to the webinar 5 minutes prior to the start time.
To connect, simply go to http://apereo.blindsidenetworks.net/apereo/,
selected "Apereo Room 1" and enter the password "apereo".
Speakers Josh Baron, Assistant Vice President,
Information Technology for Digital Education, Marist College
Alan Berg, Community Officer, Apereo
Learning Analytics Initiative (University of Amsterdam)
Gary Gilbert, Technology Lead for Integrations
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