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Reflections on the Knowledge Society

  1. Learning Analytics – hype re-labelling of matter
    I am reviewing papers for next year’s LAK16 conference in Edinburgh. Reading through the submissions, I realised the hype that Learning Analytics enjoys at present in the educational technology and data community and beyond. While this can be considered a positive push into an innovative direction by enthusiasts, it is partly also played as a […]
  2. Passing failing students
    This article mentions an inherent flaw in the current educational environment. I am less concerned about the “data” issue mentioned, but about a teacher’s own professional hygiene and ethics. I, therefore, fully agree with the statement: passing a failing student is the #1 worst thing a teacher can do Clearly, such an attitude is unfair […]
  3. AI and the Day of Reckoning
    The good news is that more and more people become worried about the potential powers and dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The bad news, however, is that this debate is no longer in the realm of science fiction and phantasy authors like the Wachowski Brothers with their Matrix Trilogy. With $10m of private money and […]
  4. EC tackles low success rate in H2020
    Stats from the EC show that the Horizon 2020 funding scheme is hugely popular. Some 36 732 proposals have so far been evaluated. The overall success rate was somewhere around 12%, which is considered to be worryingly low. Personally, I would not even go that far, since in the calls where we applied, both the […]
  5. Big Data and the Developing World
    Only now I get to record the interesting presentation by Payal Arora at the IS4IS summit in Vienna in June 2015. Her talk “Big Data Commons and the Global South” put things into a new perspective for me. Payal mentioned three attributes encapsulated in databases: databased identity databased demography databased geography These in her opinion  […]

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