Data sets for grouping universities

As part of the Jisc business intelligence project lots of clever folk from different HE Institutions  are getting together, looking at data they know about and working with HESA to augment it with data HESA collects. The result is the creation of all kinds of interesting businesses intelligence dashboards and reports; many of which will…

Moving on

8 years ago I was heading in to summer working hard on my MSc project. My head space was completely absorbed in it for two reasons. 1) It was a interesting subject, 2) I didn’t want to think about what happens next. The whole looking for a job after University is a scary thing, I…

The death of Free2Play beyond video games

Way back in February the EU commission raised concerns over business models in the mobile phone ‘app industry’. There were 4 major points of concern, these are taken directly from the EC press release : • Games advertised as “free” should not mislead consumers about the true costs involved; • Games should not contain direct…

What is Learning Analytics?

Our research department is currently housing a student from a different instition who is interested in mobile learning. She has just finished her doctorate in a Spanish university and is about to head home to China. During a welcome meeting our guest proclaimed an interested in mobile learning and Learning Qnalytics. One of our departments…

Cetis Conference 2014 – fringe activities

Registration has now opened on the Cetis site for the CETIS 2014 conference. From the Cetis site: Each year the Cetis conference provides a unique opportunity for developers, learning technologists, lectures and policy makers to come together to discuss recent innovations in the domain of education technology. This year’s conference focuses on the digital institution…

Topic Models to explore and compare communities

Recently I’ve been playing with an R wrapper for a machine language library called Mallet  to generate lists of topics from a series of text documents. The technique is called Topic Modelling and I have gotten to grips with it from Ben Marwick‘s readings of archaeology papers which has some excellent reusable code.  A topic…

Innovation in the eighth generation

According to Wikipedia there are eight generations of video game consoles, each generation defined by the consoles that are released and the innovations they make. We are at the start of the eighth generation with the PS4 and  Xbox one about to hit the shelves this month. Releasing a console is such big business that…

I finished a MOOC!

I’m feeling really chuffed with myself, I got to the end of a MOOC. So what did I learn from the experience? If you haven’t already guessed I picked up a little bit about Weka.  Still, I don’t  feel much like a Weka expert, I’m not even sure I can remember where all the buttons…