July 25, 2018

Fairydust Analytics

Description of image: Curved gray facade with gray metal sheets
Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

#fairydust analytics - a poem
What if
we can't count learning at all?*
what if
the patterns we see are an illusion
what if
the past does not predict the future
what if
our insights are blinkered by dollar signs
what if
being exceptional and outside the 'norm'
is a good thing
and what if
just because we can count something
doesn't mean it means something**
and so
why are we collecting the data?
and so
who will program the Learning Analytics tools?
and if
we were all considered to be individuals
big data visualisations might just become
architectural #fairydust wallpaper
what if.
by Wendy Taleo
CC BY
*Dave Cormier
**George Siemen
An activity for H817 Openness and Innovation, 2018, Open University UK

For a #blimage challenge, find a photo on unsplash.com and write a blog post how it explains your view of Learning Analytics.

July 10, 2018

Invisible Maps

Map from Oregon Tech
Since coming to live in the desert I've had an increasing interest in this hidden map. The Great Artesian Basin (GAB) that lies beneath Australia, is one of the largest and deepest in the world and we rely on this source of water to sustain us. It covers 22% of the land mass in Australia (http://www.gabcc.org.au/). This water table makes a hidden map, lying under the ground and sustaining life on the surface. The water temperatures in this area are also important in geothermal ecology. This hidden map is so important and understood by the indigenous peoples and only more recently have detailed maps been created like the one above.

Kevin's poetry response sparked this post.

Part of the July activities for #CLMOOC