- Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: Education Data and Learning Analytics – Watters essays the politics of data collection and use inside and out of the cms. – (d2l learningenvironments learningoutcomes learninganalytics )
- Downes – Connectivism as Learning Theory – Downes is typically on the mark. – (de connectivism mooc )
- Learning outcomes are corrosive – Our dirty little secret: we use learning outcomes as boilerplate. But they are not benign.
"Yet learning outcomes are not just another banal instrument deployed to monitor and quantify the achievements of students. The very purpose of this organisational instrument is to accomplish a shift in emphasis from learning to outcomes. This is a technique through which a utilitarian ethos to academic life serves to diminish what would otherwise be an open-ended experience for student and teacher alike. Those who advocate learning outcomes do so expressly with the aim of abolishing such experiences, which is why they so vociferously target anything that smacks of ambiguity."
- The MOOCs that ate themselves – As MOOCs go mainstream, they … go mainstream. Pedagogy, assessment, quality. It's Starbuck's all the way down. – (MOOC infographic )
- Issues in developing and implementing e-Portfolios – Info graphic and summary of a longer report. Tension between purposes, where assessment trashes making. "Many organisations are looking to some form of e-Portfolio to meet this need. Yet there is a tension between the use of e-portfolios to record and reflect on learning, as a tools for learning itself and as a means to assessment." – (portfolios eportfolios assessment )