Enjoying LAK12

I like to follow Learning Analytics LAK12 video streaming at home in Finland. The only problem is time, they are sleeping in Vancouver when we have daytime. So I follow only their mornings until lunch, but I have enjoyed anyway.

During the first day keynote speaker was Barry Wellman, an experienced sociologist and real scientist. He could give me words to follow what is happening in my online life.

Barry WellmanIt has been difficult to give names to feelings and actions when they are done very first time. Networked Individualism was Wellman’s topic and that’s it. I am at the same time an individual and networked, people function more as networked individuals.

Social networks are larger, it is true. More internet-use means more personal contacts, no need to compare to the old times. Networks are sparsely-knit and loosely bounded – yes, and it has taken some years to accept this. A shift to interest-based communities open new possibilities to people like me who don’t want to travel much in RL.

This Wellman’s lecture helped me to understand myself and stop feeling guilty about changes in personal relations and see the new possibilities instead of the old ones. Something happened inside me, fine. I also liked Wellman’s answer when he was asked about new competencies and the acquisition of them: I am not an educator, I do not know how to educate, I am a sociologist. And he has been it some decades, found the social networks in 1970’ies. Me too.

Many interesting experiments have been reported about Learning Analytics. I liked for instance Bieke Schreur: Network awareness tool, detecting and analyzing informal workplace learning. Professional development of teachers is still near my heart and interest.

The keynote speaker on the second day was Katy Börner: Visual Analytics. I greatly enjoyed again and a hope arouse in me to be able to visualize my learning some day. If only I could use all those fine tools they are openly developing. Open sharing is still limited, I remember from her presentation: Space still matters , you have to work in major research institutes in order to get the voice. Citation links have not opened globally, you have to know right persons and work in certain universities. All development is not quick but visualizations are great.

About visualization case studies I remember Tobias Ley who sent greetings to his children to go to bed after his presentation. He works in Tallinn University, near to my country. I liked his view to expert-novice differences.

I recommend to read this blog of Doug Clow. He is an excellent commentator every day of LAK12.

And what is coming today?