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Sustaining and Scaling Educational Innovations: Sharing Experiences and Challenges from Singapore

 

Learning Analytics: A new lens for understanding learning and teaching

 Professor Chee-Kit Looi
Prof. Chee-Kit Looi
Head, Centre of Excellence for Learning Innovation (COELI), National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore

 

 Prof. George Siemens
Dr. George Siemens
Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute, Athabasca University


Within the educational research community, many research projects focused on designing or establishing the efficacy of innovations that work well within specific contexts.  They typically face the research-practice gap when it comes to changing or transforming practices in schools and other contexts for learning, and to scaling up to meet the needs of a broader audience. Such research projects are also not organized to address the challenge of systemic improvement. Research-practice partnerships go in tandem with short-term funding of grants and program initiatives at foundations and government agencies.
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Organizations - higher education, corporate learning, and primary and secondary systems - have access to a trove of data that is largely ignored. With today's increasingly digital world, many of the activities of learners and educators are captured and recorded. Each point of contact that a learner has with an institution leaves a digital trail. This data trail holds new insights into how we should teach, how students learn, and even how courses should be designed and implemented. Businesses and governments have been early leaders in gleaning value from big data and analytics.
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