Seeing Students as People in the World
As part of the Kresge Foundation (Siyaphumelela) project, the Wits University introduced a comprehensive Biographical Questionnaire on students' school and personal backgrounds, to enhance the understanding of how a student's socio-economic background would influence his/her chances of success at university level. This questionnaire collects comprehensive data on a number of variables in relation to student background including: home location; form of dwelling space; learning-enabling facilities at home and at the high school where the student matriculated; and various details of home-background information (i.e. financial affordability, family structure, educational background of family members, etc.).
The questionnaire was piloted in 2014 through a study commissioned by the Faculty of Health Sciences with the view to revising a questionnaire that would be used to collect student background data during the application process for new MBBCh students.
- Do girls do better than boys at school & university?
Nov 12, 2017. A blog post by Nic Spaull on the Sunday Time article based on a Working Paper co-authored with Hendrik van Broekhuizen. The full PDF of the article is provided in a link in the blog.
- What I heard, what I did not hear and what I wish I had heard…
Nov 21, 2017. Paul Prinsloo reflects on the Reflections on the World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto, 2017
- Invasive or Informative? Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics
Nov 01, 2017. Faculty at the University of California at Berkeley ask questions about the and share lessons learned with learning analytics.
- EDUCAUSE 2018 'IT issues' forecast highlights need for institutional change in higher education
Nov 02, 2017. Latest "Top 10 IT Issues" list reinforces the importance of institutional and IT adaptiveness and for using data to strengthen student outcomes.
- A Data Paradox
Nov 02, 2017. Tech companies, with more data than ever before, struggle with strategic and ethical issues about using that information
- How to keep up with new technology in online learning
Nov 07, 2017. Tony Bates write about deciding on the best choice / appropriate educational media and references his SECTIONS model approach.
- Learning Analytics: at the Nexus of Big Data, Digital Innovation, and Social Justice in Education
Oct 10, 2017. This commentary describes how learning analytics has the potential to contribute to more equitable and socially just educational outcomes for students who might otherwise be seen through the lens of the average student.
- Khanya College: a South African story of decolonisation
Oct 10, 2017. The vision and successes of the tertiary college, now an NGO, which served as a bridging platform for black students during apartheid.Served to empower students through an African and global curriculum and critical thinking.
- 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.
- Learning Analytics Report Card
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
- Digital Ethics Lab
Based at Oxford University, the lab seeks to tackle the ethical challenges posed by digital innovation. The goal is to identify the benefits and enhance the positive opportunities of digital innovation as a force for good, and avoid or mitigate its risks and shortcomings.
- Carnegie Maths Pathways
A website dedicated to the Carnegie Math Pathways which allows one to sign up as an Explorer to learn more about their approach and impact, review their curriculum and instructor resources, and more.
- Higher Education Data Analyser
HEMIS Data presented through a dashboard
- Student Success Plan (SSP)
SSP is designed to improve retention, academic performance, persistence, graduation rates, and time to degree. The open source SSP case management software supports a holistic coaching and counseling model which expedites proactive interventions for stude
- Council on Higher Education (CHE)
The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established in May 1998 in terms of the Higher Education Act (Act No 101 of 1997),and it functions as the Quality Council for Higher Education in South Africa.
- Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
The Department of Higher Education was created in 2009 and is responsible for tertiary education, post-schooling and skills development in South Africa.
- Data Analysis and Data Visualisation Resources (OER Commons)
ISKME created OER Commons, launched in 2007, to support and build a knowledge base around the use and reuse of open educational resources (OER). As a network for teaching and learning materials, the site offers engagement with resources for curriculum ali
- Next Generation Learning - Resources on Learning Analytics
Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multi-year initiative created to address the barriers to educational innovation and tap the potential of technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. This
- Learning and Knowledge Analytics Course Site
This site is devoted to learning and knowledge analytics – a growing area of interest to educators, administrators, and entrepreneurs.