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!

MOOC?! WTF?!

Excellent summary from @davecormier. We’ll need to know about this, for later discussion:

You can choose what you do, how you participate and only you can tell in the end if you’ve been successful. Just like real life.”