LAK12: Weds 8B Predictive Modeling

Liveblog notes from parallel session 8B Predictive Modeling at LAK12.


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LAK12: Weds morning

Liveblog notes from Wednesday morning plenary session at LAK12 – George Siemens’ keynote.

Convention Centre

(This photo is taken from more-or-less where the conference centre/hotel is, and I have a view of this from my room’s window. Except this morning it was drizzly and almost totally grey. Welcome, as they say, to Vancouver.)

Shane Dawson thanks Al Essa and Desire2Learn for sponsoring the conference dinner at the Aquarium. Invites everyone to the SoLAR AGM. Gives out SoLAR T-shirts as prizes for helping, tweeting, and so on. Showed visualisation of reference map from the papers at the conference – it’s interactive so you can explore it; will be on the LAK12 website presently.

Dragan Gasevic introduces George.

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Learning from dolphin learning

The conference dinner for LAK12 was at the Vancouver Aquarium, in Stanley Park. The highlight of the evening was a dolphin show.


For me, it raised lots of interesting issues linked to themes emerging in the conference. Dolphins are legendarily clever, and I was reminded powerfully of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on relative intelligence:

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.

(Which also reminds me of how far we’ve come with inclusive language.)

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LAK12: Tuesday plenary 7 – EDM

Liveblog notes from Tuesday’s closing plenary session 7 – Educational Data Mining – at LAK12.

Simon chairs – Ryan Baker sends apologies. Will segue from a short paper to a panel.

George Siemens and Ryan S.J.D. Baker
Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining: Towards Communication and Collaboration

Dalek egg ventral view

Paper didn’t make it in to the proceedings, is available here

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