LAK16: Guideline guidelines

There was a joke in discussion at LAK16 that you can easily repurpose evidence-based medicine literature in to learning analytics or educational technology by a simple replacement process: doctor or clinician > teacher, patient > student or learner, clinical > educational or pedagogical.

So here’s a guideline about guidelines,  originally developed for evidence-based medicine, but repurposed for learning analytics by simple replacement, with changed words underlined:

  • Pedagogical guidelines are systematically developed statements designed to help teachers and learners decide on appropriate learning activities for specific educational situations and/or circumstances.
  • Good guidelines can change pedagogical practice and influence learner outcome.
  • The way in which guidelines are developed, implemented and monitored, influences the likelihood that they will be followed. [No changes!]
  • Guidelines should provide extensive, critical and well-balanced information on the benefits and limitations of various diagnostic and educational interventions so that the teacher can carefully judge individual cases.
  • Applying guidelines to individual learners is always likely to require judgement, even when recommendations are properly linked to evidence.
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Author: dougclow

Academic in the Institute of Educational Technology, the Open University, UK. Interested in technology-enhanced learning and learning analytics.

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