Activity Data Synthesis

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Tabbloid: 6 and 14 July 2011

It's a double header blog round up as I look back over the past two weeks of blog and twitter activity within the Activity Data programme. Amazingly there's a Tabbloid for both weeks (wonders will never cease!). It's been busy couple of weeks for the synthesis team with multiple events in Milton Keynes, plus our third Online Exchange session - I'll talk more about those events in separate posts.

6 July update:


  • The UCIAD project are continuing to do some deep thinking about user-centric activity data and have drawn up some concept diagrams which show (I think) that the organisational-centric activity data is simply an aggregation of user-centric data. Which means that an organisational-centric approach shouldn't preclude the potential that exists for releasing activity data to individual users too. It's got me thinking about what would happen if users were fed metrics about their usage such as 87% of the books/resources you've borrowed are off the reading list; 24% of your returns have been x days late etc - would it feed into a sense of self-responsibility or have a negative impact on under-achieving students. Would students welcome the additional data?

14 July update:


This week's issue might more accurately be called the OU RISE Weekly, since nearly all of the content comes from their blog:
In addition to these posts on the OU RISE project blog, Richard Nurse was also pondering activity data and open metadata over on his personal blog.

Some other items of (leftfield) interest that I've stumbled across in the last couple of weeks:

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