What Sheila's seen this week

It’s been a bit of a strange week this week, but work wise I’ve mainly been thinking about the ALT-C conference next week and I’ve been enjoying exploring the new conference platform designed and built by my good buddy and colleague Martin Hawksey.

I’m delighted (and slightly terrified) to be one of the invited speakers this year,  and I’ve been thinking a lot about my presentation  titled “my life as a sponge” which will be a bit of ramble around the theme of innovation via Sponge Bob Square Pants.  I’m also presenting a paper on Learner driven strategies and technologies for effective engagement with MOOCs, based on my own recent experiences. And even more excitingly I have made the short list for the Learning Technologist of the Year award so will be joining my fellow nominees on Wednesday morning for a showcase of our work.

A couple of non ALT things tho have caught my eye this week including the news that SNAPP  (Social Networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice) is now working again. For anyone interested in learning analytics and exploring  networked behaviour in discussion forums it’s well worth a look.

Also on the analytics front here’s really interesting video presentation from Kirsten Zimbardi,  University of Queensland called “Analytics of student interactions with electronic feedback using UQmarkup” -which is an “academic friendly” system for giving feedback to large cohorts (c. 1,000 students).

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