Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learning Analytics and #LAK2012, My Inspirations and Aspirations

Learning Analytics is a terminology that has been gaining steady momentum in the pedagogic universe. Like most other concepts in the social space, it is void of a universally acceptable definition. Therefore, before I proceed to defining learning analytics in my own words, I will like to note the meaning of each individual term.

I start with analytics. Analytics refer to the “science of analysis”. According to the Business Dictionary (2012), “Analytics often involves studying past historical data to research potential trends, to analyse the effects of certain decisions or events, or to evaluate the performance of a given tool or scenario”. The overall goal of all this is improving the subject of the analysis which in our own case is learning. More recently, the term has also been linked to the application of computer technology in the analysis of data.

Learning on the other hand “is an enduring change in the mechanisms of behaviour involving specific stimuli and/or responses that result from prior experience with those stimuli and responses” (Domjan & Burkhard, 1993 cited in Udoisang, 2011). Learning has also been defined as “a process that brings together cognitive, emotional, and environmental influences and experiences for acquiring, enhancing, or making changes in one's knowledge, skills, values, and world views” (Generic Definition cited in Udoisang 2011).

A universally acceptable definition for learning is not also available however, in my recent MSc project in University of Manchester (which won the Outstanding Dissertation Award in School of Computer Science, 2012), I came to the conclusion that “Learning is a product of the interplay between the cognitive, the emotional and the environmental” (Udoisang, 2011). However, I also noted that “the environment can affect both emotion and cognition, positively or otherwise” (Udoisang, 2011). The environment therefore becomes a very important factor in Learning.

Having looked at both words, I can now submit in my own words that “Learning Analytics is the process of gathering and analysing data about learners in a given context for the purpose of improving learning”. In order to be able to gather such data, there has to be a fundamental understanding of learning and learners. A research into learning theories can provide the required understanding. However, I also came to discover in my MSc project work that the learning theories and learning styles are greatly influenced by the learning environment. In other words like I said earlier, the environment is one single factor in learning that can influence the emotion as well as the cognition. It therefore shapes to a greater degree the reason, direction and outcome of learning.

It is my opinion and belief (for the time being) that for learning analytics to be effective, we will have to rely on a 3-dimensional view of data aggregation and analysis (The emotional view, cognitive view and environmental view). To further develop my interest in learning analytics, I have signed up for the “open online course on learning analytics, 2012” (#LAK12). I believe my interaction via this course with renowned experts in the field such as George Siemens, Diana Oblinger, etc, will enable me gain a better perspective of the topic and therefore expand my theories on it and also contribute to it. One area I hold very dear to my heart as I proceed is to find out at the end of the course “how learning analytics can improve learning in Africa”.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fustrated Night, Beautiful Morning.....

Why is it that every good girl wants a real good guy but when they get one, they go the last mile to drive them crazy? (Why did I get Married?)

Last night, I came close to what I know I'd never do. I almost hit a woman. I was lost in madness. She really drove me to the limits. Thank God 4 self control..... I'm happy now I didn't.

Here I am this morning and guess what? Gbemisola Fashesin is back from the MOON of HONEY and she has resumed as 'MRS GBEMISOLA NEJI TANDU'! lol....WAOH! Its da BOMB!!! I'm just wondering how best to welcome her back. Do I do this with cakePHP or ice-creamCRM? I have already adorned the office in her favour, had a hair cut, shaved, taken PURGE (lol), etc, etc......

I'm really happy 4 her and so I say Gbemi Tandu, welcome back to DigitalWeb Nigeria Ltd. We Love You!

Excess Workaholism!!!

This week is kinda crazy!
I pray God i find some sanity in solitude.
Monday - I worked from home
Tuesday - I was up and down looking for a new Modem for the company
Wednesday - we have a new i-net connection. But work is still up my neck. Gbemi Tandu aint back from her honeymoon! lol.
I have load of work to do! cargo report, tejuosho market, sales tracker, sugar crm for ccsnl, etc.... OH MA GOD!!!

I need a break ...... Dubai ????

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Just Life.....

The pains of adulthood...
The joys of childhood......
The gains of death........
Is life really beautiful? People tell me.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lets CLEAN up Nigeria

Just this morning on my way to the office, I quietly listened to the passengers in the public vehicle I boarded as they blasted Nigerians on their dirty habits. At a time I was beginning to wonder if they aint Nigerians themselves. One man was particularly venomous! 'Its all these mallams that litter everywhere with the dirts they pack on the streets'. Another was busy explaining how some years back, Mobile Police men used to arrest people who defecated by the way side. According to him, its a free for all affair presently. Infact, the bus became so noisy, I had to come down and take another! (Its just bcos my automated, GPS enabled, remote controlled, Hydrogen Powered, vehicle is still in production).

But seriously, come to think of it, I really hope a time will come when we will learn to think CLEAN. Quite a number of things we do here, especially on the streets of Lagos are great offences in Ghana, imagine that. A number of times I asked drivers in public buses for their waste bins so I can throw away used recharge cards or tissue papers, the answer is always the same: 'Throw am outside jo, who u de form oyibo for?' It annoys me greatly when I see how travelers throw things outside vehicle windows without a second thought and years later, their children will complain of a dirty Onitsha, Lagos, Warri or Nigeria generally. I've witnessed how a banana peel thrown carelessly out of a bus window led to a fatal accident on the expressway! If you've ever seen such a thing, you'll understand what I'm saying.

I think its high time we stopped our public (and maybe private) dirty habits. As we look forward to a cleaner corrupt free society, let's begin with a cleaner 'we' environmentally, afterall they say 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'. I look forward to seeing a cleaner ME! How about you?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

etextmail for Nigerians

E-textmail is a service that allows u get ur email messages as text messages in ur mobile phone. No internet connection is required and it can work even on Nokia 3310 (lol), seriously. If you're interested, try it out yourself via the link below:

This service is available for Nigerians only at the moment. Also, etextmail offers web to sms service so you can now send sms to friends' phones directly from the web at the cheapest price! Try it out yourself.

Monday, September 22, 2008

I'm so so happy!

God! I'm so so so so happy this morning! Its with a heart of joy and peace that I blog this morning. I tell you, the truth is that, it feels really good to know u're in charge! Waking up each morning to the fact that u're in CONTROL of your world. Knowing that your future is not in the hand of 'WITCHES' or 'DEMONS' or 'DEVILS' or whatever. It feels so so good to know the one who knows tomorrow and to HIM be all Glory and Praise for ever more. I love you lord. 

To ma people, remember to 'Work on being and not on Having'. I love you all