Data-Driven Learner Models

As we explore data-driven learner models, let’s define the metrics that contribute to the execution and analysis of data-driven decision making, identify different data-driven learner models, and outline the metrics used for strategic implementation of learning.

Let’s take a course where the training delivery model is Online or Web-Based Training (WBT). The evaluative data collection method is “demonstration of skill” (course build) and the type of data collection is qualitative.

Introduction to Canvas: This asynchronous online course is designed for faculty and staff who have never used the Canvas learning management system or are just getting started using Canvas. Participants will be introduced to the Canvas basic instructional features, such as assignments, discussions, content pages, modules, and much more. This course’s time commitment is approximately 6 hours, but individual time contributions will vary depending on participant familiarity with learning management systems and the degree of computer savvy.


VR&AR. The future is here.

Who doesn’t love phrases, such as, “The Future is Here”? How about “The Future is Near”? Those are two phrases that we read in regard to virtual and augmented reality (VR AR). So, let’s take a walk through the “Ancient Past” and see when harnessing the awesome power of VR and AR will transform education. We can do some carbon-dating of when the future is coming.

“The future is here, and it has come faster than anyone thought. In an age marked by the rapid integration of computers in schools, the ultimate technology looms on the horizon – the age of virtual reality in schools. Using virtual reality as an educational tool conjures up visions of a Jetsons-like futuristic scenario, students exploring their schoolwork immersed in virtual reality, gaining a deeper understanding of their subjects. A physics class experiment with a simulated virtual reality lab where they control the properties of objects and observe them from any angle. In another part of the school, a social studies class uses virtual reality to travel back in time into the Battle of 1812. Spanish class visits the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, and soon.

Harnessing the awesome power of virtual reality for educational uses will permanently change the nature and course of how children learn. No longer will children sit idly by in classrooms – the opportunity is here to provide them with an unprecedented chance to explore, engage, and visualize schoolwork like never before” (The Journal, 1999).

This article was written in The Journal more than 20 years ago. It sounds like it could have been written, today.


College Majors, Old and New

At work, I often research college majors that hold promising career paths for today’s students. Usually, I find majors such as computer science, cybersecurity, and nursing.

Imagine my surprise when this year, I found a whole new group of majors offered by colleges and universities worried about declining enrollment. The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) provided the desperate details of colleges and universities with strained finances and declining student populations offering a whopping 41,446 new degree or certificate programs since 2012.