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What I heard, what I did not hear and what I wish I had heard… Reflections on the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto, 2017

Recently I’ve had the privilege of attending the World Conference on Online Learning in Toronto, organized and hosted by Contact North I Contact Nord. What a conference it was! At times, it resembled a medieval marketplace or bazaar with a … Continue reading

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Decolonising the collection, analyses and use of student data: A tentative exploration/proposal

Voices from the Global South* (*I know the term is contentious) increasingly demand to not only be recognised in the extremely uneven and skewed terrain of knowledge production and dissemination, but to actively take part and contest and reshape knowledge … Continue reading

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Algorithmic decision-making in higher education: There be dragons there…

Algorithms do not have agency. People write algorithms. Do not blame algorithms. Do not blame the drones. The drones are not important. The human operators are important. The human operators of algorithms are not lion tamers.  Do not blame the … Continue reading

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Seeing Jesus in toast: Irreverent ideas on some of the claims pertaining to learning analytics

“In 2004 Diane Duyser sold a decade-old grilled cheese sandwich that bore a striking resemblance to the Virgin Mary. She got $28,000 for it on eBay” (Matter, 2014), and in 2009 Linda Lowe found an image of Jesus staring at … Continue reading

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Students’ role in learning analytics: From data-objects to collaborators

Image credit: http://www.forensic-news.com/hackers-copy-fingerprint-data-from-android-devices-3/ In most of the discourses on learning analytics students and their data are seen as mere data-points or data-objects and recipients of services. Student data are the source for many hours of enjoyment as data analysts, educators, … Continue reading

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Of heresies, heretics, and the (im)possibility of hope in higher education

 Detail: Bucher Boys (1985/86) by Jane Alexander  Abandon all hope, ye who enter here (Inferno, Dante)  Amidst the absolute horror, fear and nausea triggered by events such as the recent attacks in #Beirut, #Paris and #Mali, and the continued sponsored … Continue reading

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And then everything turned to beige… The quantified academic in an age of academic precarity

[It almost feels obscene not to reflect on the events in #Beirut #Paris #Yemen (the list is endless). I am, however, permanently nauseous, speechless and saturated with claims and counter-claims and the increasing evidence that the events of the last … Continue reading

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