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.