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Hamilton, Edward C.; Friesen, Norm – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2013
This paper argues that research into the pedagogical value and potential of new technologies is limited by the implicit philosophical perspectives on technology that such research adopts. These perspectives either imbue technologies with inalienable qualities (essentialism) or posit technology as a neutral means for realizing goals defined by…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Online Courses, Computer Attitudes
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Friesen, Norm – Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2013
This position paper introduces the relatively new field of learning analytics, first by considering the relevant meanings of both "learning" and "analytics," and then by looking at two main levels at which learning analytics can be or has been implemented in educational organizations. Although integrated turnkey systems or…
Descriptors: Learning, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Computer Uses in Education