Exclusive: Desire2Learn buys Bill Gates-backed virtual guidance counselor Degree Compass

GIGAOM by Ki Mae Heussner JAN. 24, 2013 – 5:00 AM PST   SUMMARY Canadian ed tech company Desire2Learn has acquired Degree Compass, a course recommendation engine developed at Austin Peay State University with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For most college students, picking classes involves reading up on options or chatting with classmates and professors. But, if...

“No More Excuses”: Michael M. Crow on Analytics

President Crow
Michael M. Crow, President of Arizona State University, understands the strategic importance of Analytics in education. Read this insightful interview by EDUCAUSE CEO and President Diana Oblinger in Educause Review: Michael M. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University in July 2002, with the goal of transforming ASU into what he calls a “New American University”—an...

Alfred Essa: The State of Analytics in Higher Education (Interview)

Alfred Essa
I’ve known Alfred Essa for a couple of years. From the start, Al struck me as one of those people that is truly focussed on improving higher education.  After a career at various organizations in the US, includingMIT and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Essa now serves as the Director of Innovation and Analytics Strategy at Desire2Learn, the Canadian education technology company (which...

Learning From Data – [Prof. Yaser Abu-Mostafa, Caltech]

Learning From Data is a great Open Course on Machine Learning. It covers “basic theory, algorithms, and applications of machine learning—the discipline that deals with enhancing the ability of computational systems to learn from data, enabling them to improve their performance with experience. Examples of machine learning applications include systems used by banks to determine whether to approve...

Is Education Research a Form of Alchemy? – [Aaron Sloman]

Aaaron Sloman
Aaron Sloman is Honorary Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science at the University of Birmingham. Here he reflects on what is known about learning, and on the difficulties that exist in understanding it. Is education research a form of alchemy? Alchemists did masses of data collection, seeking correlations. In the process they learnt a great many useful facts – but lacked deep...

Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom

Peter Norvig
Via Seb Schmoller. Fortnightly Mailing. Transcript of talk: Everyone is both a learner and a teacher. This is me being inspired by my first tutor, my mom, and this is me teaching Introduction to Artificial Intelligence to 200 students at Stanford University. Now the students and I enjoyed the class, but it occurred to me that while the subject matter of the class is advanced and modern, the teaching...

Three Developments That Are Transforming Online Learning

This short video by Sir John Daniels succinctly describes how online learning is transforming post-secondary education. The private for-profits get it.  The public higher education institutions need to wake up or will get blown out of the water. According to Sir Daniel, “Online learning is a ‘game changer’ for post-secondary education. Post-secondary systems will look very different...

What is a Data Scientist?

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Is your organization trying to jump-start Analytics? If so, the core of your Analytics team will consist of data scientists. What is a data scientist? What is their skillset? What is a career path? In this elegant video at Strata 2011 New York conference John Rauser of Amazon walks us through what it means to be a data scientist. The presentation itself is a model of clarity in style and exposition....

Lessons learned from using Khan Academy content in a blended learning pilot

Seb Schmoller in Fortnightly Mailing reports on one of the first studies examining the effectiveness of Khan Academy content in a blended learning environment. The authors of the study attach a number of caveats, noting, for example, the small sample size and brief duration of the experiment. Nonetheless, the results are clear: Students using Khan Academy content in a blended learning model showed,...

22 Free Tools for Data Visualization and Analysis

By Sharon Machlis April 20, 2011 Computerworld – You may not think you’ve got much in common with an investigative journalist or an academic medical researcher. But if you’re trying to extract useful information from an ever-increasing inflow of data, you’ll likely find visualization useful — whether it’s to show patterns or trends with graphics instead of mountains...