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LAk12: Baker’s Educational Data Mining

Thoughts and information captured from Ryan Baker’s Presentation as part of LAK12 videocast:

  • Educational Data Mining: improve research, improving learning models (Journal of Ed Psychology). It predicts the future. Change the future [tough for me to digest, maybe should say: change the future failure into success rather than change the future]
  • Resources: Journal of EDM, Intl EDM Society
  • EDM & LAK:
  • Similarities: understand learning through study of large data; improving education and research; drives planning, decision making and manual/automated intervention.
  • Differences:
  • LAK=include automated discovery, EDM=putting human judgement in the automated discovery [still confusing to me]
  • LAK=understand the system, EDM=focus on components and the relationship between them
  • LAK=inform instructors and learners, EDM=automated adaptation
  • LAK=focus on needs of multiple stakeholders; EDM=focus on model generalization
  • EDM Methods: Prediction (classification, regression, density estimation), Clustering [I oppose this], Relationship mining [I relate to this], Distillation, Discovery [I need to know more about it to align it to my research and interest].
  • Knowledge Engineering [?]
  • Vision: predict student success based on analysing data generated by the students. Data obtained from: course selection data, cognitive tutor log data, grade data, AST data, Khan Academy log, State Std exams, SAT Career interest, Strong Interest Inventory, MSLQ Survey. [missing soft data like intelligence indicators, interest indicators, strengths indicators, stimuli profiling, communication profiling, etc… will they be handled by LAK?]
  • [I did not sense the drive to help students to discover their learning strengths although I have read a lot about changing students attitudes!]
  • Learning indicators: correctness or incorrectness,


Baker, R. (2011).



Interesting Slides

Slide 29: Sample of correlation between behaviour and EDM indicators

Slide 30: Sample of correlation between action and gaming


Cloud Tools

This is a list of useful Cloud Tools

  1. Google Docs users can now open, create, edit, save, and share popular file formats such as Microsoft Office and OpenOffice files as well as RTF, HTML, and text files through the Google Docs platform.
  2. Dropbox gives users a powerful and easy way to store files online for sharing
  3. Picnik a free online photo manipulation suite that gives you powerful image editing tools that were formerly available only though premium creativity applications such as Photoshop.
  4. Basecamp project management has forever been transformed by the cloud-based Basecamp service that provides online collaboration and management tools for team members and managers that are accessible from any computer or smartphone
  5. Evernote – This is a note taking application that works specifically with the cloud. Users save files on evernote, which can be accessed at any time by any internet using device.
  6. Pixlr is an absolutely excellent free online photo editor. An interface called Pixlr Express is provided for image editing novices. With PhotoShop, the full Pixlr Editor offers a very powerful range of tools. These include layers, a history brush, and wide range of real-time filters.
  7. Aviary offers suite of online media editing tools, including its Phoenix photo editor, Raven vector-based drawing package, and its Myna multi-track audio editor.
  8. Tonido is a smart way to access your applications and share, sync, collaborate with friends and family without relying on public online services.
  9. ADrive: Offers complete and secure solutions to store, backup, share, access, and edit files from virtually anywhere, at any time
  10. SugarSync: File sync and online backup for all your devices.
  11. Mint – A Cloud based personal finance tool to manage your money. Access all your balances and transactions together on the web or on your iPhone.
  12. Cloudo – A free computer that lives on the Internet, right in your web browser. This means that you can access your documents, photos, music, movies and all other files no matter where you are, from any computer or mobile phone. Cloudo is a hosted service, there is no hardware or software to setup and maintain, and the DDE is fully accessible from any internet connected device.
  13. Office Web Apps – Access, edit, and share your Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents online from almost anywhere.
  14. ZumoDrive – A cloud-based file synchronization and storage service operated by Zecter, Inc. The service enables users to store and sync files online and between computers using their Hybrid Cloud storage solution.
  15. Keep in Touch – Mailchimp is one of the easiest to use newsletter programs, with tracking tools that tell you who is opening your emails and what they are clicking on.


UMTrends11: List of Data Sources

During my research for the future trends, I relied heavily on Google Reader to mine for information related technology and education. Below is a snapshot of my subscription and readership percentage (Click to Enlarge – Image is a snapshot of the Data on Google Reader Trends Data – check the previous post for earlier data):

Below is a description oftop 10 sites I had great interest in reading (I am ignoring blogs related to learners in UMTrends):

Cognitive Neuroscience: A blog site that talks about neurlogical topics that relates to learning. My interest in this site rise from my interest to mine if technology is impacting our brain/

Elearning SpaceLearning Analytics: A meeting point for the enthusiast about developing meaningful data related to learning.

Knewton: An interesting blog site managed by Knewton, a business that develops customized and personalize online learning material.

MindShift:Pages about how we learn supported by KQED which serve Northern California

The Innovative Educator: Lisa Nielson blog that covers topics about innovation in teaching and learning.

Dangerously Irrelevant: A blog managed by University of kentucky and CASTLE that address topics related to education and technology.

Bits: New York Times pages about technology.

Digital Delight: A ScoopIt page that aggregates information about the digital life.

Academica Group: The website of Academica which handles different topics that interest the academician

Other Feeds

In addition to the above, I receive regular emails from the below resources:

Educause: The famous organization whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

Chronicle: The higher education news aggregators.

Gartner: which is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.

Classroom 2.0: the social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education.

OLDaily: topics addressed by Stephen Downes


LinkedIn Groups:  Learning, Education and Training Professionals Group; Tomorrow’s International Professor: Faculty for Education Abroad Group.

Managing the Information

I use mainly Diigo to manage all the information I want to capture and share with others. I have created different groups. I use Diigo private lists to somehow organize the bookmarks based on topic, assignment and projects.



Learning, Education and Training Professionals Group

It’s Here: Next Generation of Online Learning

Tomorrow is here now: Free courses with no instructors, no credits, no charge and from Carnegie Mellon University! The future of teacherless courses is emerging… not there yet, but I see the light at the end of a loooong and winding tunnel!

From their site:

Using intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback, the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) builds courses that are intended to enact instruction – or, more precisely, to enact the kind of dynamic, flexible, and responsive instruction that fosters learning.

The URL is:

Links leading to mLearning topics

Below are links to topics related to mobile learning.

Augmented Reality:

  1. Augmented reality on EduWiki.
  2. A European look at Augmented reality and how it helps students… that is if the glasses are accepted as a mobile device!
  3. A lengthy video lecture about Augmented Learning in Education

Simulated Learning on Mobile Devices

  1. Some ideas about using iPad simulation in workplace training.
  2. 3 iPad simulations for learning.
  3. An article about the use of simulation to teach physics with focus on models rather than mathematical complexities.

User Generated Teal Time Content

  1. A white paper about the use of Clicker in the classroom.
  2. A blog on Smart Planet about the use of Clicker in the classroom.
  3. An interesting European report about User Generated Content as applied in real time internet.

Behavioural Nutrition Uses

  1. From International Jouranl of Behaviural Nutrition: Global positioning system: a new opportunity in physical activity measurement. Useful for health practitioners or students in health related programs.
  2. This is a list of iPod/iPad apps related to physical training.
  3. Nice read from The New Your Times about the use of mobile devices in health training.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

  1. Wikipedia explanation of the Near Field Communication.
  2. An article that desribe NFC as the next generation QR.
  3. Very interesting paper about the implementation of NFC in higher education.

QR and Augmented Information

  1. A Pearltree page link about everything QR.
  2. Use of QR in Libraries.
  3. A good article about Augmented Reality in Education.

Coordinated Learning and GPS

  1. From SEDL: Using GPS to promote problem solving. Useful for K-12 classes or any other course related to problem solving using real life scenarios.
  2. From International Jouranl of Behaviural Nutrition: Global positioning system: a new opportunity in physical activity measurement. useful for health practitioners or students in health related programs.
  3. A Textbook: Google Earth and GPS Elementary Classroom Activities. A book filled with GPS activities to be used at schools.

mLearning: ideas to use in the classroom

My good friend and colleague, Skip, has provided a wealth of mLearning related links that I like to archive here. The annoying thing is that most of them were posted in 2008… which means we are 3 years behind!

  • Touch: Touch is a research project that investigates Near Field Communication (NFC), a technology that enables connections between mobile phones and physical things
  • 6 uses of Twitter in a Classroom: one blog that jas links to 6 success stories of using Twitter to enhance learning. One interesting idea that I might use is tweeting as a note sharing in the class. One projector shows the tweets, while the other shows the class presentation. Another good idea is to replace email with twieeting and use blogs to submit work, then tweet about it. Worth a try!
  • Prof Intille: This is an MIT professor who combined Health Sciences and Computers in his studies and emerged as a guru in mobile devices that focuses on health issues. His work is phenomenal.
  • mLearning Demystified: a nice, bit old video, about the use of mobile devices in the UK.
And these are few links I found that relates to the use of mobile devices in environmental sciences:
  • Enhancing Learning: A study on the use of mobile devices to improve collaboration and sense making. It focuses on the use of LillyPad application.
  • Scitable: is a free mReference library that offers a wealth of opportunities to learn about science and collaborate on enhancing this knowledge.
So far, this is what I have in mind to do with my next Computer Course I will teach:
  1. Promote the sense of community among the students. They need to understand that they have to teach each other… and teach me as well.
  2. They need to come up with a communication method among them that involves me. From my end, I will ask them all to join a FaceBook group (GrowTechnically), agree on a tweet hashtag (#GrowT), create a blog site for them using WordPress or Blogger.
  3. Use Moodle as the assignment announcement and submission. Most submissions need to have links.
  4. Use Google+ (if released) as the cloud entity.
  5. Ask them to bring their own laptop/iDevice to do the work in the classroom.
  6. Use Scitable to generate a report about an environmental issue.
  7. Demonstrate how mobile devices can contribute to enhancing our environmental surroundings and address its issues.
This is just the start. The ideas will develop as we progress.

Possible Outcomes:

  1. Use mobile devices to enhance sense making.
  2. Use mobile devices to capture and share notes about findings in the field.
  3. Working with the cloud to collaborate and produce information from data.
  4. Monitor climate change using a mobile device.

Tools: Zotero


Since I decided to pursuit my doctorate studies, I am looking for tools that can help me study anywhere, anytime and on any device. One reserach that synch across many computers is Zotero. It has nice features like capturing web bibliographies, quotations, take notes and few more. I will be testing it and give my verdict if it is a useful too.


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