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Exploring Learning Analytics Software: LightSide

The following series of posts reflects my experiences as a first-time explorer of various pieces of learning analytics and data mining software applications.  The purpose of these explorations is for me to gain a better understanding of the current palette of tools and visualizations that may possibly support my own research in learning analytics within the context of a … Continue reading Exploring Learning Analytics Software: LightSide

Origins of Assessment – Part 4: Epilogue

The structure of the global economy today is quite different compared to the way it was in the industrial era. Instead of having an economic system rooted in the manufacture and delivery of physical goods, the economy of leading nations today shows greater dependence on the manufacture and delivery of information products and services. The … Continue reading Origins of Assessment – Part 4: Epilogue

Origins of Assessment – Part 3: The Myth of the Metals

The Context of Schooling: 1905-1950 As compulsory school attendance was more rigorously enforced towards the end of the nineteenth century, this led to a much more socially and culturally diverse student population in schools. Educators and school boards continued to use written tests to evaluate pupils and schools, but while testing was seen as useful … Continue reading Origins of Assessment – Part 3: The Myth of the Metals

Origins of Assessment – Part 2: All That Counts Shall Be Counted

The Context of Schooling: 1845-1905 The educational reforms that took place in Canada in the 1840s echoed those that took place in the United States. In 1837, Massachusetts became the first state in America to establish a Board of Education, headed by reformer Horace Mann. Mann advocated for reforms such as age-graded classrooms, uniform textbooks, … Continue reading Origins of Assessment – Part 2: All That Counts Shall Be Counted

Origins of Assessment – Part 1: Establishing the Competitive Ideal

Introduction This series of posts explores the history of educational assessment in North America, with an emphasis on Canada, from the years 1800 to 1950. For the purposes of this analysis, this timespan has been divided into three major intervals: (1) 1800-1845, representing the era of “loud” schooling and oral exhibitions, (2) 1845-1905, representing the advent … Continue reading Origins of Assessment – Part 1: Establishing the Competitive Ideal

Rethinking Education at the 9th Ontario Education Research Symposium

Over the past two days I've had the privilege of attending the 2014 Ontario Education Research Symposium; an event whose purpose was to bring practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers into conversation about some of the system-wide challenges facing Ontario's schools.  With its emphasis on evidence-based applied research, the symposium enabled participants to transcend institutional silos and … Continue reading Rethinking Education at the 9th Ontario Education Research Symposium

Links to Practice: Metadiscourse of 9-year-olds

As part of my GA experience, I have been assisting with various studies in a local elementary school surrounding the use of Knowledge Building Environments to enhance student learning in science.  One of the goals of Knowledge Building is to engage students in self-mediated discussions where they pose questions, postulate theories and provide evidence to … Continue reading Links to Practice: Metadiscourse of 9-year-olds