#ocTEL 2014 Learning Analytics

Is anyone interested in Learning Analytics?

See Martin Hawksey’s post, April 22, 2014:


and the Resources from Week 1:

Resources and more to watch, read and research

Resources for online expectations and readiness

How are you involved with Learning Analytics? Post in the poll below:



#ocTEL Week 1 Self-assessing digital literacies

Thanks to  Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou at the University of Bath  for this self-assessment tool for digital literacies.


this is from the PRiDE resources


“Lurkers” vs “Silent participants”?

Image“Lurkers” vs “Silent participants”?

Here are a few other terms that could be used:

vicarious learners?
silent participants?
Non-public user?
legitimate peripheral participator?
virtual participant?
marginal participant?
passive observer?
cognitive apprentices?
potential member?
proximate member?
tacit member?

See Let’s get more positive about the term ‘lurker’


Which term best reflects the degree/ style/ of learning? If you read a book, but never talk about it, have you learned any less?

Best wishes


#ocTEL Teaching Development

Activity 0.1: Big and little questions

Please reflect on your work experience and ambitions for developing your teaching.

  • I am about to teach online for the first time. I want to know what the possibilities and pitfalls are.  I have just completed a MOOC on online course design, and on online teaching, and I am learning different things from each of them about the roles of participants, and the effectiveness of different learning activities and formats. I want to fill my toolbox and learn the relevant skills by practising them under the guidance of more and less experienced workers.

The tip I picked up today from the Week 0 webinar is the idea of making a Learning Participation Plan.  I think my plan is to play it by ear – as they say in the Disclaimer to #ocTEL2014 –

Large scale online discussions are an example of ‘complex adaptive systems’, which means no one can predict how they are going to turn out. It’s unlikely that things will turn out quite how we planned them.

OcTELly yours,


#ocTEL First steps across the digital divide

Thank goodness for week 0 in OcTEL2014 – an essential item for any online course – to find the “room” (I submitted my badge) and a “chair” (I made a blog) and look at the readings, and check out the other participants, arranging to meet old friends (I set up a group forum called TOOC14), and spotting unexpected arrivals (I sent them a message to see if they are who i think they are). All this activity and no official “learning” yet I have a feeling of immense technological achievement and smug satisfaction. But I am still too daunted at the thought of learning twitter – i will ask my friend offline!

OcTELly yours,