Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tracking Microlearning with Tin Can API

This is an interesting article written by Tadej Stanic. According to him,

"Learning analytics is one of the holy grails of today’s eLearning industry. It is a part of the Internet mainstream called big-data and Tin Can API or xAPI, as a relativity new technical standard, is introducing this mainstream to online learning. With this article I’ll share some thoughts on how microlearning and Tin Can API might be the key factors of the future learning."


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Smart Sparrow - Adaptive Learning Platform

Smart Sparrow (

1. Smart Sparrow is an education technology start-up.

2. It started within the Adaptive eLearning Research Group at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

3. This research group commercialized an adaptive learning technology.

4. Adaptive learning is an educational method which uses computers as interactive teaching devices and adapts educational materials according to the students’ learning needs.

5. The technology incorporates the interactivity previously only afforded by an actual human teacher.

6. It also integrates ideas from various fields, including computer science, education, and psychology.

7. The Smart Sparrow software tools, known collectively as the Adaptive eLearning Platform, are a web-based suite that develops adaptive learning content and applications.

8. The suite deploys that material to students and analyses how students learn from their responses to the material.

9. The platform implements an intelligent tutoring system that combines Constraint-Based Modeling with Model Tracing.

10. In 2013, an educational white paper "LEARNING TO ADAPT: A Case for Accelerating Adaptive Learning in Higher Education" identified Smart Sparrow as one of six ‘notable’ adaptive learning platform providers.

11. The same paper, part of a study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, cited the impact of the Smart Sparrow platform on increasing enrolments and reducing dropouts.

12. Other studies cite accelerated learning times with the platform.

13. By 2013, the Smart Sparrow platform had become the basis of Australia’s national Biomedical Education Skills and Training Network.

14. The Smart Sparrow platform was integrated into tertiary courses in differing disciplines at universities in the US and Australia.

15. By later 2013, Smart Sparrow was being deployed in Australian high schools, as part of a collaborative partnership with Australian universities to improve student engagement in mathematics and science.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Proceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival (21 - 23 May 2015)

The International Mobile Learning Festival was held in Hong Kong from 21st to 23rd of May, 2015.

The proceedings of the conference can be downloaded from this website:

Framework for the Rational Analysis of Mobile Education (FRAME) Model

Framework for the Rational Analysis of Mobile Education (FRAME) Model

This is an interesting framework which was developed by Marguerite Koole of Athabasca University in 2006. According to this Framework, mobile learning is defined as a process resulting from the interaction of three aspects, i.e. mobile technologies, human learning capacities, and the social aspects of learning.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Is Blended Learning the Best of Both Worlds?

Here is an interesting discussion on blended learning:

Is Blended Learning the Best of Both Worlds?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Learning Analytics Initiative

There is a new initiative called the Learning Analytics Initiative.

Here is the link:

Here is the Overview from their home page:

The aims of the Apereo Learning Analytics Initiative (LAI) are to accelerate the operationalization of Learning Analytics software and frameworks, support the validation of analytics pilots across institutions, and work together so as to avoid duplication.

Work is underway across the learning analytics domain to realize an open analytics infrastructure. Institutions and companies are partnering to build a solid learning analytics foundation, in order to enable institutions to ask and answer strategic questions about learners – and take action on those insights.

The following are examples of LAI efforts in each of the five primary areas of learning analytics:


1. Sakai CLE xAPI integration (University of Amsterdam, Unicon)
2. Apereo OAE xAPI integration (UvA, Unicon)
3. uPortal xAPI integration (UvA, Eric Dalquist, Unicon)


4. Larissa, community-sourced LRS (UvA)
5. OpenLRS, community-sourced LRS (USUHS, Unicon)

(LRS stands for Learning Record Store, which makes use of the xAPI or Tin Can API.)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Are #xAPI Learning Designers Collecting Useful Data?

I just found out about this interesting site on xAPI: