- Colleges use job-market data to shape curriculum
Sep 11, 2017. Community colleges use data gathered from online job listings to develop more programmes geared toward getting students ready for the workforce.
- World Free Scholarships and Grants Portal
Aug 28, 2017.
- THE LEARNING ANALYTICS REPORT CARD
Aug 21, 2017. This project asks: ‘How can University teaching teams develop critical and participatory approaches to educational data analysis?’ It seeks to develop ways of involving students as research partners and active participants in their own data
- Over half of SA students feel unprepared for tertiary education
Aug 21, 2017. A news article reporting on the The 2017 PPS Student Confidence Index (SCI) survey which reveals that less than half of respondents felt prepared for the transition from secondary to HEd.
- Why Open Data matters in Higher Education
Aug 16, 2017. A blog post advocating for Universities to to embrace the potential transformational power of Open Data.
- Mining the power of data to boost student success
Aug 11, 2017. A news article reporting on the recent Siyaphumelela conference 2017 held at the Wanderers club in Johannesburg.
- Siyaphumelela Conference 2017 VIDEOS
Jul 25, 2017.
- Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching
Jul 21, 2017. Book review of this guide for HE professionals designed to identify , integrate and assess interactive open educational resources(OERs).
- Data Dive
Jul 19, 2017. Georgia State's extensive predictive analytics efforts are leading to better grades and student retention -- and more minorities graduating from STEM programs
- Summer Melt
Jul 17, 2017. A podcast ( with transcript available) on why students don't show up for college afetr applying to do so.
- The Learning Analytics Roadmap: SOLAR’s Handbook Of Hard Theory [LAR Series #11]
Jul 10, 2017. SOLAR, the Society for Learning Analytics Research, has released the first edition of its “Handbook of Learning Analytics.” A 356-page volume, the handbook aims to provide an “extensive view” from leading experts in the field. Downloadable copy available at : https://solaresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/hla17.pdf
- New Trends on Exploratory Methods for Data Analytics
Jul 05, 2017. In this tutorial, the authors present an excursus over the main methods for exploratory analysis, with a particular focus on example-based methods. They show how different data types require different techniques, and present algorithms that are specifically designed for relational, textual, and graph data
- Learning Analytics Research for LMS Course Design: Two Studies
Jul 05, 2017. Findings from two research studies at scale reveal the implications of learning analytics research for designing courses in learning management systems. Data-driven interventions shine light on our institutional conceptions of learning, who our students are, and our responsibility — or perhaps our willingness — to support students. By focusing the lens of analytics on course design, we may be able to define success in a way that is more intuitive and compelling to faculty and thus facilitates a more scalable approach toward course redesign for improved student success.
- A New System for Student Success Planning
Jul 05, 2017. EAB, a research and technology services company, says the time is right for an enterprise-level “student success management system.” Other vendors wonder what took them so long.
- What-if: Bayesian modelling for student success (UP and WITS).
Jun 29, 2017.
- Undergraduate students' experiences of access and success: (DUT)
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in 2nd PM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Nomkhosi Gama (DUT)
- Inequality in higher education: Using institutional data to investigate questions of access and success
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in 2nd PM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Nichola Branson(SALDRU)
- Student success through access programmes: a success story of the University Preparation Programme in the UFS
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in 2nd PM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Innocent Mangena and Wayne Hen-Boisen(UFS)
- Learning strategies to move the "murky middle" of students in first year biology
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in 2nd PM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Marietjie Potgieter, Angelique Kritzinger and Juan-Claude Lemmens(UP)
- Predicting academic success using logistic regression on biographical data
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in 2nd PM parallel session, Boundary room. Authors/Presenter: Innocent Mamvura (WITS)
- Residence Educational Programme (REP): Facilitating Student Learning in DUT Residences
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in 2nd PM parallel session, Boundary room. Authors/Presenter: Ntokozo Zulu and Thengani Ngwenya
- Residences also play a role in supporting students in the academic realm
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in 2nd PM parallel session, Boundary room. Authors/Presenter: Beverly Willemse (NMU)
- Use of National Data (Workstream Report Back)
Jun 29, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017: Workstream report back session by Alan Amory and Francois Strydom
- Making the most of a healthy change in education
Jun 29, 2017. Keynote by Dr . Mark Milliron , Civitas Learning Inc. at the 2017 Siyaphumelela Conference.
- Student advising and use of national data : a way forward.
Jun 29, 2017. A report back from the Siyaphumelela workstreams. Presented at the Siyaphumelela Conference 2017 by Prof Alan Amory and Prof Francois Strydom on June 29th .
- Mr. Rip Rapson's Keynote speech 2017
Jun 28, 2017. The Opening Keynote at the 2017 Siyaphumelela Conference.
- Ms Jenny Glennie Welcome Speech 2017
Jun 28, 2017. Saide's Director Jenny Glennie welcomes delegates to the 2017 SIyaphumelela Conference
- The Vaal University of Technology extended programme
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in parallel PM session: Boundary Room. Authors: Mathapelo Moletsane
- Finding value in student experience and voice: enhancing student success
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in parallel PM session: Boundary Room. Authors: Moxili Masango et al. Wits University
- Transformation from the margins, revealing and constructing co-curriculum for student success at DUT.
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in AM parallel session, Boundary room. Authors/Presenters: Fatima Haffajee and Rudi Buys (DUT)
- Designing for success : a UFS perspective
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, Institutional Partner presentation. (UFS)
- Making learning and assessment possible in unusual spaces (NMU)
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in AM parallel session, Boundary room. Authors/Presenters: Cheryl Foxcroft and Jennifer Winstead (NMU)
- The Psychology of Success: From qualitative therapeutic narratives to quantitative data analytics
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in PM parallel session, Boundary room. Authors/Presenter: Dalray Gradidge
- The national benchmark test as a predictor of academic success in a cohort of medical students (WITS)
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in AM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Sfisio Mabizela and Lionel-Green Thompson
- Diagnostic testing of first year students at a University of Technology (MUT)
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in AM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Muntuwenkosi Chilli
- An analysis of high-impact practices at DUT
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in PM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Kudayja Parker
- Providing a face of NMU First Generation Students
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in PM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Ryan Pillay and Qobo Qwaka (NMU)
- Raising the bar : finding a balance between academic challenge and support for first year students
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, paper presentation in PM parallel session, Marathon room. Authors/Presenter: Francois Strydom and Sonja Loots
- It takes a village. Considering leadership and innovation towards student success
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, Institutional Partner presentation. (DUT)
- Use of data in NMU's success initiatives
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, Institutional Partner presentation. (NMU)
- Introduction of a South African use of student data policy
Jun 28, 2017. Keynote by Prof. Paul Prinsloo at the 2017 Siyaphumelela Conference.
- Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool for student success
Jun 28, 2017. Workshop Report back by Prof. Alan Amory and Dr. Jan Lyddon at Siyaphumelela Conference 2017
- Building capacity for student success through the University Capacity Development Programme
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, Keynote Dr. Whitfield Green (DHET)
- Getting Ideas into Action Statway and Quantway Networked Improvement Communities
Jun 28, 2017. Siyaphumelela Conference 2017, Keynote by Dr. Bernadine Chuck Fong and Prof. Andre.L. Freeman
- Prof.Norman Duncan UP Panel Presentation 2017
Jun 27, 2017. Panel Presentation delivered at the Siyaphumelela Conference 2017
- Prof. Denise Zinn NMU Panel Presentation 2017
Jun 27, 2017. Panel Presentation delivered at the Siyaphumelela Conference 2017
- Handbook of Learning Analytics – First edition
Jun 04, 2017. A free downloadable book, the Handbook of Learning Analytics is designed to meet the needs of a new and growing field. It aims to balance rigor, quality, open access and breadth of appeal and was devised to be an introduction to the current state of research. The Handbook is a snapshot of the field in 2017 and features a range of prominent authors from the learning analytics and educational data mining research communities.
- 2017 Trends and Technologies: iPASS
May 28, 2017. The focus of this report is the 11 trends and 13 strategic technologies associated with Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS).
- Algorithms:Privacy Risk and Accountability
May 24, 2017. Through academic, policy, and industry circles, making progress on the cluster of issues related to algorithmic accountability has become a leading priority. The inaugural issue of the Future of Privacy Forum’s Privacy Scholarship Reporter provides a clear and compelling look into some of the most worrisome problems and promising solutions.
- Walking the line of predictive analytics in higher education
May 19, 2017. A column from Blackboard addressing the ethical implications of learning analytics. "Predictive analytics are not about perfect future outcomes; they are about analyzing historical and current data to project a likely future outcome." In particular, "it allows for sharing of output analytics to enable institutions to act... Implementing predictive analytics comes with a responsibility to define a process for appropriate and timely intervention responses." Stephen Downes points out that this is all "All fine, but this post elides the question of ownership. Analytics are discussed here exclusively in the institutional context, and without reference to the right of learners to know about and manage the employment and distribution of performance data.''
- How universities can use learning analytics to boost fair access and retention
May 18, 2017. An article from JISC staff members describing how the effective use of learning analytics data insights in access agreements can assist with access and retention.
- Articulating the connection between Learning Design and Learning Analytics
May 18, 2017. In this presentation the author starts from the statement that there is no such thing as a neutral design. In the era of increasing technology mediation learning experiences need to be designed considering the capacity to capture data, the possibility of making sense and derive knowledge from the data, and the need to act on that knowledge. the presenter explores some initiatives to make these connections explicit in a learning design. Using a flipped learning experience, the presenter explore how to embed data and data analysis as part of the design tasks.
- Dimensions of personalisation in technology-enhanced learning: A framework and implications for design: Dimensions of personalisation in TEL
May 18, 2017. The author, Rebecca Ferguson, proposes a framework for the analysis and creation of personalised TEL. This paper outlines and explains this framework with examples from a series of case studies which includes one on learning analytics. The framework serves as a valuable resource in order to change or consolidate existing practice and suggests design guidelines for effective implementations of future personalised TEL.
- Using #learningAnalytics to inform research and practice #educon17
Apr 26, 2017. A blog post on Dragan Graevics talk on Learning Analytics at the Educon2017
- UNESCO: Six ways to ensure higher education leaves no one behind
Apr 24, 2017. Unesco Policy Paper
- This Mathematician Brought Big Data to Advising. Then Deeper Questions Emerged.
Apr 24, 2017. An article describing how Tristan Denley, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Tennessee Board of Regents, introduced an online course-recommendation tool called Degree Compass, a predictive analytics programme which is often compared to Netflix.
- The Future of Data Driven Decision making
Apr 18, 2017. How do we move to a data-led culture in UK research and education? The second in a series of reports to emerge from the JISC's horizon scanning project.
- Maths gets a makeover
Apr 16, 2017. An article which reports on the innovative work by the organisation Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE), led by Peter Griffiths from the Institute of Advanced Study. Their aim is to to provide "mathematically rich and relevant education for all students, whatever their chosen field of study."
- Literature Survey on Educational Dropout Prediction
Mar 24, 2017. A journal article describing a study conducted in India which attempts to find the existing gaps in predicting educational dropout and to find the missing attributes if any, which may further contribute for better prediction.
- From “Data‐Driven” to “Democracy‐Driven” Educational Leadership: Navigating Market Bureaucracy and New Technology in a Post‐Fordist Era.” ( Kenneth J Saltman and AlexanderJ Means)
Mar 14, 2017. Chapter in "The Wiley International Handbook of Educational Leadership" which warns about the adoption of a Taylorism style of scientific management , rooted in a Positivist ideology, and which relies on a slavish adherence to High Stakes testing as part of the current Data-driven leadership style of educational management .
- Building the learning analytics curriculum: Should we teach (a code of) ethics?
Mar 13, 2017. LAK17 Workshop | Simon Fraser University | Vancouver, BC, Canada |March 13, 2017 - Authors: Paul Prinsloo (Unisa) and Sharon Slade (OU)
- Predictive Analytics in Higher Education
Mar 06, 2017. Five Guiding Practices for Ethical Use
- Students’ worry: education technology might predict failure before they have a chance to succeed
Mar 01, 2017. Predictive software is marketed as a way to help students before they fail, but some students see a potential downside
- SASSE Report 2016
Feb 02, 2017.
- Maintaining Momentum Toward Graduation: OER and the Course Throughput Rate
Jan 20, 2017. A summary of the research article published in The International Review of Research on Open and Distributed Learning. The article, “Maintaining Momentum Toward Graduation: OER and the Course Throughput Rate,” is open access and available on IRRODL’s website.
- Jisc briefing: Learning analytics and student success – assessing the evidence
Jan 15, 2017. This briefing summarises some of the published evidence for the effectiveness of learning analytics initiatives. It builds on the findings of our 2016 report “Learning Analytics in Higher Education: a review of UK and international practice”. 1
- Student Attitudes toward Learning Analytics in Higher Education: “The Fitbit Version of the Learning World”
Dec 19, 2016. The findings of this study highlight the need to engage students in the decision making process about learning analytics.
- A Partnership Between Advising and Academics: Best Practices for Student Support
Nov 24, 2016. The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership program at City University of Seattle instituted an alternative advising program separating the roles of enrollment advising and academic advising. Faculty program directors are responsible for advising students regarding academic success and concerns while enrollment advisors provide support pertaining to administrative functions. This team approach to academic advising is associated with an average increase of 11 percent in the student satisfaction scores related to the overall advising experience.
- Student Motivation in Online Courses
Nov 24, 2016. This chapter in SUPPORTING THE SUCCESS OF ADULT AND ONLINE STUDENTS,looks into successful pedagogical strategies for administrators, curriculum designers, and faculty for the online environment.
- Delivering On the Promise: Structuring College Promise Programs to Promote Higher
Education Attainment for Students from Underserved Groups
Nov 24, 2016. One emerging strategy for increasing higher education attainment for people living in particular places is the “college promise” program. Over the last decade, but especially in the past few years, programs with the promise label have been advanced at the local, state, and federal levels. Whereas traditional financial aid programs award grants and loans to students who demonstrate financial need or meet academic criteria, promise programs target resources beyond state or federal aid to individuals who live in designated places, meet local- or state-defined eligibility criteria, and/or attend specific K–12 schools. The Kalamazoo Promise exemplifies this approach.
- The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education: A Landscape Analysis
Nov 23, 2016. A report from New America which examines the possibility of discriminatory approaches to students' degree and career goals, based upon analytical data. It reveals the potential gains and losses from institutions using predictive analytics as a support tool for low-income students.
- Analytics in Higher Education
Nov 23, 2016. Produced by Universities UK (UUK) and Civitas Learning, in partnership with Jisc, this report provides a concise summary of issues around policy context, strategic approaches, implementation challenges and casts its gaze on future perspectives of US and UK data analytics approaches.
- Decolonising the collection, analyses and use of student data: A tentative exploration/proposal
Nov 14, 2016. The latest blog post from Paul Prinsloo
- Mapping the ethical implications of using student data - A South African contextualized view.
Oct 28, 2016. Paul Prinsloo's presentation at the Ethics Symposium which was hosted by Saide as part of the Siyaphumelela project.
- Implications of the POPI Act on Student Data
Oct 27, 2016. Presentation by Dr. Divya Singh at the Ethics Symposium hosted by Saide on the 27th October 2016
- Predicting Success in Higher Education: The Value of Criterion and Norm-referenced Assessments
Oct 10, 2016. A paper by CETAP's Test Development Coordinator, Robert Prince, has been published: Prince, R. (2016) ‘Predicting Success in Higher Education: The Value of Criterion and Norm-referenced Assessments’, Practitioner Research in Higher Education Journal, 10(1), pp.22-38.
Important research inputs on #FeesMustFall
Sep 29, 2016. A blog post highlighting findings drawn from the Higher Education Access and Outcomes for the 2008 National Matric Cohort
- The Learning Analytics Roadmap: Get Your Organization Enthusiastic With Analytics Graphs For Moodle
Sep 29, 2016. Through the ROI on Analytics Pyramid, it is possible to assess the current level of analytics literacy of your organization. This is also a starting point if your organization is considering to add an analytics component to your learning intervention.
- Reducing Youth Unemployment in South Africa
Sep 28, 2016. This report, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, highlights two cross-sectoral partnerships—the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the Mentec Foundation—that have seen success in placing disadvantaged youth in jobs throughout South Africa. The report concludes with a table of recommendations for employers, training providers, philanthropic funders, and government officials to begin growing and replicating these efforts.
#FeesMustFall: Never waste a good crisis
Sep 27, 2016. VC, Max Price from UCT
- Where should the money come from for 'free' public higher education
Sep 27, 2016. A podcast from SAFM on Ahmed Bawa and Enver Motala's talk on free higher education .
- Promising Practices and Programs: Current Efforts and Future Directions
Sep 27, 2016. The final chapter of this book by Gloria Crisp provides a synthesis of the first 8 chapters, offers conclusions and recommendations and considers future directions regarding practices and programs with promise for high impact at community colleges around the country.
- Under-funding, not protests, is driving South African universities down global rankings
Sep 26, 2016. DVC, Danie Visser, University of Cape Town writes that it's unlikely that student protests are directly affecting South African universities' rankings. Instead, decades of government underfunding in higher education may be at least partly to blame
- A Framework for Open Assurance of Learning
Sep 06, 2016. In this paper, the authors describe an application called AOL Analyzer that we developed for our business school last year to assist in the analysis of Assurance of Learning (AOL) results reported by faculty.
- What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed
Aug 28, 2016. The article describe five lessons learnt from a study conducted in 2008 on about 3,000 Pell Grant recipients and which then went on to trace the journey of about 50 students throughout their campus days.
- Learning Analytics Roadmap: Where Can SmartKlass Take Your Moodle? [LAR Series #1]
Aug 23, 2016. A Moodle plugin that calculates basic activity and engagement metrics of students enrolled in a Moodle class or an institutional Moodle setup.
- Learner Analytics; The Need for User-Centred Design in
Aug 23, 2016. The authors propose that the only way of truly creating a personalised, supportive system of education is to place the learner at the centre, giving them control of their own Learner Analytics.
- Wits submits report on higher education funding
Aug 10, 2016. The University today made its submission to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education Funding.
- Universities may fall before fees do
Aug 10, 2016.
- And what about free higher education for all?
Aug 09, 2016. There is a meeting scheduled between Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande and university vice chancellors for Thursday. A group of university academics and activists have released a statement reminding the sector of the need to be wary of what will likely be discussed in the meeting.
- Estimating Student workload for your courses
Aug 09, 2016. A blog post which highlights the challenges educators face when creating syllabi and trying to estimate how much, reading , writing and other tasks to assign to each credit hour. The work of Rice University faculty is profiled to assist in this regard with an available online Course workload estimator. This can be found here: http://cte.rice.edu/workload
- Learning Analytics: Is data collection of students' learning habits Orwellian or simply helpful?
Aug 08, 2016. Some good references embedded in this article on the ethics of learning analytics.
- Fees Commission, Media Statement and schedule of public hearings.
Aug 08, 2016.
- Universities are tracking their students. Is it clever or creepy?
Aug 04, 2016. Learning analytics are becoming increasingly popular for improving learning and cutting drop-out rates – but critics question the impact on privacy.
- Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning
Jul 20, 2016. The latest blog by George Siemens on focussing on process attributes and not product skills.
- Challenges of transition from high school to university: an exploratory study of the Durban University of Technology
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Ntuli, S. & Haffajee, F.
- Evaluating the use of summer and winter schools as part of a flexible curriculum to 'move the middle'
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Kilfoil, W.R. & Mitchell, Y. from the University of Pretoria
- Is what we are doing helping our students succeed?
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Hundermark, G. from the University of the Witwatersrand
- Overcoming Socio-Cultural Challenges to Students’ Success
Jun 30, 2016. Keynote address by Prof Yunus Ballim from Sol Plaatje University
- Risk Analysis and Detection in order to Assist and Retain Students (RADAR) at NMMU
Jun 30, 2016. Promising practices: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Paper presented by Els, D. & Biggs, L. from
- Anatomy of A_STEP: Moving towards a sophisticated tutorial system
Jun 30, 2016. Promising practices: University of the Free State. Paper presented by Motsokobi, E.R. & Henn, M.
- The DUT Residence Educational Programme (REP): An Exploratory Analysis
Jun 30, 2016. Promising practices: Durban University of Technology . Paper presented by Ngwenya, T.
- Faculty Student Advisors
Jun 30, 2016. Promising Practices: University of Pretoria . Paper presented by Naidoo, A.
- Understanding students "as people in the world" through analytics.
Jun 30, 2016. Promising practices: University of the Witwatersrand. Paper presented by Masango, M. & Mapatagane, N.
- UKZN Cohort Model of Doctoral Supervision
Jun 30, 2016. Promising practices: University of Kwazulu Natal . Paper presented by Dhunpath, R. & Samuel, M.
- Career exploration meets mobile technology!
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Lemmens, J. from the University of Pretoria
- Towards improved student access and success: application of artificial intelligence to facilitate effective academic programme management.
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Rawatlal, R & Dhunpath, R. Durban University of Technology
- National Career Development Services - Coordination and Implementation
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Mokeki,L. DHET
- The Inception of a National Conversation about the First-Year Experience (FYE)
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Nyar, A from the South African National Resource Centre
- Using data to enhance the quality of teaching and learning and to improve academic staff development.
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Strydom, J.F. & Hen-Boisen, L. University of the Free State
- General Education at DUT : Building a community of practice
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Timm,D from Durban University of Technology
- Integrating and building our data for effective student support
Jun 30, 2016. Paper narrated by Dr Consuelo Boronat from Florida International University explores how we might build a data warehouse and analytics system to enable an effective South African data-driven student support approach.
- Video: Effective Academic Advising Informed by Data Analytics
Jun 30, 2016. Day 2 of the Siyaphumeleala conference (30th June 2016) opens with Dr.Allison Calhoun Brown from the Georgia State University and Prof. Francois Strydom from UFS describing the US perspective and the South African perspective, respectively, on academic advising and highlighting the recommendations that emerged from the workshop held on the 28th June 2016.
- Video: Perspectives from the USA's University Alliance, a SAn university & Siyaphumelela
Jun 30, 2016. The last keynote address on Day 2 of the Siyaphumelela Conference on the 30th June. This session on 'Building communities around student success' was facilitated by Mr William Moses and included the follwing speakers: Dr Matete Madiba Director: Student Affairs University of Pretoria; Ms Bridget Burns Founding Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance and Ms Jenny Glennie Executive Director Saide
- Video: Student Insights on Promoting Student Success
Jun 30, 2016. A panel discussion of students from the participating universities of the Siyaphumelela project , sharing their insights on student success initiatives at their respective institutions . The discussants are as follows : Mr Lichaba Mooko, SRC (NMMU); Ms Kgalalelo Leeuw, Directorate of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (UFS); Mr Percy Phakathi, Student Affairs (UP) Mr Siphephelo Mthembu ,SRC Education and Transformation DUT; Mr Wayne Swart Student Representative (WITS) The session was facilitated by Mr Angelo Fick. Date: 30 June 2016
- Prestige and mistrust in public education drives more parents to private schools
Jun 30, 2016. "Latest statistics from the Department of Basic Education which, according to the Mail & Guardian’s calculations, shows that pupil enrolment at private schools increased by 58 463 between 2011 and 2014, from 479 958 to 538 421....." A new player in the private school sector, Sizwe Nxasana, who is also the chairperson of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), and his wife, Judy Dlamini, are planning to build a string of affordable, independent schools in the country and the rest of Africa." Read more
- Anti-democratic element in student movements holds warnings for South Africa
Jun 30, 2016. The author provides an analysis of the student movement and highlights a particularly authoritarian element within the movement , with its tendency to violent means as the only method of resistance, its concomitant race essentialist argument along with other strands that conspire to entrench this stance.
- Integrating and building our data for effective student support: a SA perspective by Prof Murray Leibbrandt
Jun 30, 2016. This presentation by Prof Murray Leibbrandt was presented at the workshop on the 28th June and as a Keynote address on the 30th June during the 14:15 - 15:20 session.
- Academic Advising: A “missing link” between access and success in South African higher education?
Jun 30, 2016. Presented by Dr. Francois Strydom
- Rethinking the student experience: a systematic approach to student success
Jun 30, 2016. Presentation by Dr. Tim Renick from Georgia State University
- Can data in a Learning Management System support student success?
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Mr. D. Jordaan, University of Pretoria
- Evaluating the student interventions using predictive modeling and text mining methods at University of Witwatersrand
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Mr. I. Mavura from the University of Witwatersrand
- An early warning system based on probabilistic distance clustering algorithm for student at risk detection
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Ms.F. Matsebula from Sol Plaatje University
- Towards an understanding of Supplemental Instruction (SI) as a student academic development community of practice.
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Mrs L.Smith from NMMU
- Using evidence to improve and support student transitions
Jun 30, 2016. Paper presented by Lauren Oosthuizen and Francois Strydom from UFS
- Re-imagining financing of higher education for poor and “missing middle” students–a public-private partnership.
Jun 29, 2016. Presentation by Dr. Sizwe Nxasana
- Growing Student Success
Jun 29, 2016. Presentation by Dr. Diane Parker, DDG (Universities Branch), DHET
- Video: Welcome and Context : 2nd Siyaphumelela Conference 2016
Jun 29, 2016. Day 1 Opening session Mr William Moses : Managing Director: Education,The Kresge Foundation and Ms Jenny Glennie, Executive Director, Saide open the 2nd Siyaphumelela Conference 2016
- Video: Overcoming socio-cultural challenges to students' success
Jun 29, 2016. 2nd Keynote address on Day 1 of the 2nd Siyaphumelela Conference. Dr. Shaun Harper from the University of Pennysylvania provides a US perspective on the matter of socio cultural challenges impacting on student success which is followed by the South African perspective, delivered by Prof Yunus Ballim from Sol Plaatje University. This session occurred on day 2 of the Siyaphumelela Conference on the 29th June 2016.
- Video: Leading Systemic Approaches to Enhance Student Support
Jun 29, 2016. The VCs' and DVC's of the participating institutions of the Siyaphumelela programme respond to questions on systemic approaches aimed at fostering student success. This session occurred on Day 1 ,at 16h40 on the 29th June at the 2nd Siyaphumelela 2016 Conference
- As Big Data Comes to College, Officials Wrestle to Set New Ethical Norms
Jun 28, 2016. Unfortunately this content is available exclusively to Chronicle subscribers. Posting this as an alert.
- Academic Advising Informed by Data Analytics: Linking High Tech with High Touch
Jun 28, 2016. Presentation by Dr. Allison Calhoun-Brown from Georgia State University.
- Systemic approaches to enhance student success : What are learning from the QEP?
Jun 28, 2016.
- Decolonising the curriculum: its time for a strategy
Jun 14, 2016. Suellen Shay, Dean and Assoc Professor at UCT, explores 6 challenges that Universities should tackle to ensure real change .
- Number of black students at tertiary institutions proportionally lower than other race groups: StatsSA
Jun 02, 2016. Although 68.5% of the students who were enrolled at higher education institutions were black‚ proportionally this group was under-represented, according to StatsSA from the findings from the General Household survey 2015.
- Using Data to improve Student Outcomes: Learning from Leading Colleges
May 23, 2016. A guide, produced by the Education trust, to inform university leaders and others steeped in efforts to raise graduation rates on their campuses. It highlights leading universities that have drastically improved student success by consistently reviewing and using their own data to launch campus-wide initiatives, focus the entire college community on student success, and remove stubborn obstacles that impede large numbers of low-income students and students of color from graduating college with a degree in hand.
- Decolonising universities isn’t an easy process – but it has to happen
May 23, 2016. "What is meant by decolonisation in South Africa’s current context? What should the process entail, especially in relation to the curriculum, teaching and learning? Universities are grappling with these and other questions on a number of platforms." Article explores the history of the decolonisation discourse and underscores the importance of the role of students in the decolonisation of knowledge.
- The Marketisation of Higher Education
May 12, 2016. A podcast site, sponsored by the ASAWU (Academic Staff Association of Wits University and dedicated to tackling the critical issues in Higher Educations. This podcast captures an interview with Prof. Salim Vally who describes the problem of the marketisation of higher education. Read Salim’s journal article titled ‘Higher Education: Market Mill or Public Good?’ and other scholarly papers here.
- Don’t Believe the Hype About Grit, Pleads the Scientist Behind the Concept
May 09, 2016. Angela Duckworth — the scientist behind the buzzy term 'grit' which is a combination of perseverance and passion — cautions against only focusing on perseverance on the part of the student as a measure of success whilst ignoring other aspects of nurturing the student on behalf of educators.
- University leaders as ‘meaning makers’
May 06, 2016. Universities globally are increasingly challenged by disruptive innovation that is revolutionary, unpredictable and moving at an unprecedented pace. In this context, universities have to navigate demands for ever-increasing scrutiny from funders, regulatory bodies and societal stakeholders to be accountable for achieving public good purposes such as promoting social justice and equality.
- The Chicago School
Apr 20, 2016. How Chicago elites imported charters, closed neighborhood schools, and snuffed out creativity.
- Responsible Use of Student Data
Apr 20, 2016. Martin Kurzweil of Ithaka S+R reports on his recent presentation at the Stanford Learning Summit 2016 on the national picture of "responsible use' of student data .
- Learning analytics in higher education
A review of UK and international practice.
Apr 19, 2016. This report documents the emerging uses of learning analytics in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Through a series of eleven case studies it presents an overview of the evidence currently available of the impact that analytics are having on teaching and learning – and highlights some of the opportunities for the UK higher education sector.
- Higher Education during Apartheid
Apr 13, 2016. The historical background to fees-payable higher education in South Africa is explored in this podcast with Leigh-Ann Naidoo who talks about the distribution of resources during Apartheid and provides insight to the current situation on campuses .
- Proceedings of the 1st Learning Analytics for Curriculum and Program Quality Improvement Workshop
Apr 11, 2016. A collection of papers and workshop report that was hosted Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) in Edinburgh, UK in April 2016.
- Affirming the Student Success Underground
Apr 04, 2016. An Inside Higher Ed article which highlights the student success efforts of veteran faculty staff and the need to reconcile these strategies with the emerging practices and data that are informing institutional strategies.
- The Panama Papers, Public Education and Democracy
Apr 04, 2016. Susan Robertson, University of Bristol elaborates on the latest leaks of the rich and the powerful and the impact that these avaricious antics have had on the public good, like education.
- National learning analytics service: could it feed into the TEF?
Mar 24, 2016. New 'world-first' Jisc project will allow students to compare their performance against their classmates'
- Here Be Dragons: Mapping Student Responsibility in Learning Analytics
Mar 17, 2016. This chapter argues that the issue is not whether higher education should use student data, but under which conditions, for what purpose, for whose benefit, and in ways in which students may be actively involved. The authors (Prinsloo, Paul and Slade, Sharon) explore issues including the constructs of general data and student data, and the scope for student responsibility in the collection, analysis and use of their data. An example of student engagement in practice reviews the policy created by the Open University in 2014. The chapter concludes with an exploration of general principles for a new deal on student data in learning analytics.
- Learning Analytics and Big Data: A tentative exploration
Mar 10, 2016. A presentation by Paul Prinsloo at the Apereo Africa Conference. Big Data – glimpses of what ‘it’ is, claims to be, where ‘it’ is going and dystopian dreams.
- Learning analytics and Big Data - a tentative exploration.
Mar 10, 2016. A presentation by Paul Prinsloo, at the Apereo Africa Conference, held in Pretoria early this year in March in which he describes the potential as well as cautioning about the perils of big data .
- Students question #RhodesMustFall
Feb 20, 2016. Article describing resident students views on the RhodesMustFall campaign.
- Education bill "will erode autonomy'
Feb 18, 2016. SA VC's concerned that HE Amendment Bill may encroach on autonomy especially during current times of student protests calling for radical change.
- Why universities need brave , bold leaders more than ever.
Feb 18, 2016. Heather Nel, Snr Director of Institutional Planning from our partner institution , NMMU, writes about transformational leadership and the need for safe spaces and authentic listening.
- The Problem With Evidence-Based Policies
Feb 16, 2016. Ricard Hausmann, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at Harvard University critiques the 'gold standard' of Randomised Controlled Trials(RCT'S) in evidence based policy use.
- Analyzing Analytics at the University
Feb 14, 2016. A blog from Inside Higher Ed by Heather VanMouwerik who is a doctoral candidate in Russian History at the University of California, Riverside. She reflects on how analytics are being used to evaluate her work, her studies, and her students.
- Higher education bill may 'compromise institutional autonomy'
Feb 02, 2016. Read about the contentious Higher Education Amendment Bill in the recent public hearings hosted by Parliament’s portfolio commitee on higher education and training.
- Value-Added: How do you measure whether universities are delivering for their students? HEPI 2015 Annual Lecture
Jan 28, 2016. In this revised version of the 12th HEPI Annual Lecture, which was originally delivered in December 2015, Andreas Schleicher of the OECD makes a powerful case for directly measuring the learning gain of students on a comparable basis across the world for the first time.While recognising the technical challenges involved, the lecture argues this is now possible and, because the proxies for learning gain have such big problems, there is no substitute for starting to measure it directly.
- SASSE Report 2015
Jan 01, 2016. Promoting Access with Success for all students through engagement
- Doctoral Education in South Africa. Policy, Discourse and Data
Dec 01, 2015. An e-book by Nico Cloete, Johann Mouton and Charles Sheppard which draws on a large number of studies coducted by the the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) over the past decade focussing on issues that affect the growth, efficiency, quality and transformation of the doctorate in South Africa.
- Code of Practice for Learning Analytics.
Oct 26, 2015. A literature review of the ethical and legal issues published by JISC. Author: Niall Sclater
- 2015 Second Higher Education Transformation Summit Documents
Oct 16, 2015. A list of all the documents and presentations that were used at the SA DHET summit hosted in October 2015
- A Manifesto for Learning Analytics in the Workplace (LAW)
Aug 18, 2015. A new policy paper published by LACE, that sets out how the EU should identify and cooperate with all the relevant stakeholders with the aim of identifying 21st century skills, improving the training provided to the existing workforce, and maintaining the equilibrium between the needs of industries and society.
- Data, Technology and the Great Unbundling of Higher Education
Aug 02, 2015. An article by the author of the book "College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education" i.e Ryan Craig and Allison Williams
- The Learning Analytics Review
May 06, 2015. The Learning Analytics Review is a series of articles and briefings for those working in the schools, workplace and higher education with an interest in the impact of learning analytics in the short to medium term.
- Building a Pathway to Student Success at Georgia State University.
Apr 23, 2015. A Case Study by Martin Kurzweil and D.Derek Wu published by ITHAKA S+R. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding use of case study.
- Chasing the graduation dream
Aug 29, 2014. Local varsities are looking to the US and Scotland for tips to help more students succeed.
- Strategies to improve student retention, success
Aug 04, 2014. This is an excerpt from the June/July edition of the Community College Journal, published by the American Association of Community Colleges.
- Government's new plan for student success
Jul 11, 2014. The state's teaching development grants to universities are being wholly rethought.
- Learning analytics don't just measure students' progress - they can shape it
Mar 26, 2014. From online forum debates to predictive essay writing software, data showing how students learn can help universities adapt their teaching
- Open Data in the Governance of South African Higher Education
Jan 01, 2014. A report by van Schalkwyk, Francois, Wilmers Michelle, and Czerniewicz Laura , which describes how CHET'S online open data platform, that provides institutional-level data on South African higher education, is used.
- Annual Teaching and Learning Report 2014: Moving the needle towards success.
Jan 01, 2014. A report of all the succesful endeavours of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, University of the Free State.
- Student Access and Success: Issues and Interventions in South African Universities
Jan 01, 2014. The South African Institute for Advancement has published a comprehensive report into the key access and success challenges facing public higher education in South Africa. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 of our 23 universities for the study funded by US-based Kresge Foundation. Report finds that a systemic change is needed to improve access and success at South African universities.
- Student Participation in Quality Assurance at the University of the Witwatersrand
Dec 01, 2013. Report on the perceptions of students on their participation in quality assurance at Wits 2013
- Improving the Quality and Productivity of the Higher Education Sector: Policy and Strategy for Systems-Level Deployment of Learning Analytics (2013)
Jan 01, 2013. A discussion paper authored by George Siemens, Shane Dawson and Grace Lynch from the Society for Learning Analytics Research which responds to the high level of investment, higher education leaders are currently making in data analytics.
- Cutting Edge Series 3: Building Institutional Capacity for Data-Informed Decision Making
Jan 20, 2012. This publication is the third installment of the Cutting Edge series, which aims to help colleges engage faculty, scale successful interventions, and create a strong culture of evidence through use of data to strengthen their institutional change and student success efforts.
- Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work.
Jan 01, 2012. An in-depth look at how organizations of all types, acting in diverse settings, are implementing a collective impact approach to solve large-scale social problems. BY FAY HANLEYBROWN, JOHN KANIA, & MARK KRAMER.
- Weaving Success: Voices of Change in African Higher Education (2011)
Jan 01, 2011. This publication centers on nine countries whose universities received support from the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. It weaves together voices from people in these countries who used this support to bring about transformative changes at their respective universities
- Public Universities Seek to Redesign First-Year Experience
The project is aimed at improving college completion rates, with a particular eye at helping low-income and first-generation college students, as well as members of minority group, through several proven methods of improving student retention and success.
- A Moment of Clarity on the Role of Technology in Teaching
With all of the discussion around the role of online education for traditional colleges and universities, over the past month we have seen reminders that key concerns are about people and pedagogy, not technology. And we can thank two elite universities that don’t have large online populations — MIT and George Washington University — for this clarity.