A picture paints a thousands words, and all that

These images from visualizing.org:

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One of the nice things about data is that you can make graphs out of it. A good visualization can help tell your story. It can also help you cover-up some lies, but we won’t get into that right now. Add some graphics, colours, lots of lines and a quirky element or two and you’ve got it made. Your visualizations will go viral before you know it.

Learning Analytics: The Holy Grail for Education?

Learning and Knowledge Analytics is a conceptual and exploratory introduction to the role of analytics in learning and knowledge development….We live in digital times. The conversations that used to evaporate around the water cooler are now digitized, waiting for a clever algorithm for analysis.

(http://learninganalytics.net/syllabus.html)

I’m a bit late to the game, and just getting caught up on LAK ’11, a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC). My first impression, is that the quest for the answer to how to effectively implement and use Learning and Knowledge Analytics is a bit like this:

Logically, if she weighs the same as a duck, she’s made of wood, and therefore…a witch!