Leigh Blackall: Learning analytics, even student dashboards, are they the wrong way round?

Leigh Blackall on the risk of learning analytics not being for students but another cog in the audit-industrial-teaching-machine:

The best I’ve seen from the over all movement is a general agreement that it is ethical and progressive to develop analytics as a “student dashboard”, that is to say that the effort is first and foremost about collecting data so that the individuals that the data is about can see and reflect on their own patterns, and in relation to the demographic groups that seem relevant to them, presently and historically. The antithesis of this is the collection of data for teachers and administrators to roughly calibrate their behaviouralist experiments – what most learning analytics projects are about
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Object-Oriented vs. Functional Programming – O’Reilly Media

Free book from O’Reilly. From their blurb:

The schism between the functional and object-oriented programmers is really a false binary. Yes, the first group argues that FP is superior for a multicore world, while the second insists that OOP is better at matching technical solutions to business problems. However, as this O’Reilly report explains, this is not an either-or proposition.

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Critters

Short ride from home along the river today. Two shy critters. A fox. pausing watching me. Trotted off along the single track, winter russet coat glistening. A wallaby. Dark chocolate still as a stump in the trees. Always solitary. This one barely 10kms from the city centre.

Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media: Pepita Hesselberth: Bloomsbury Academic

Awesome title and exciting collection here.

From their blurb:

Compact Cinematics challenges the dominant understanding of cinema to focus on the various compact, short, miniature, pocket-sized forms of cinematics that have existed from even before its standardization in theatrical form, and in recent years have multiplied and proliferated, taking up an increasingly important part of our everyday multimedia environment. – See more at: http://ift.tt/2a48aRl
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Docuverse snapshots #3: The Cinema Within | nonfictionLab

As part of their Snapshots bi-monthly forum, Docuverse presents a talk by local Melbourne documentary academic, Deane Williams. Deane will be joined by Grace Russell and Stella Barber to discuss their collaborative research project around Australian utilitarian films.

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Amazon Drive: Cloud Storage – Online Backup

I currently use Arq to do a backup of key data and I store it to Amazon S3. It costs me around AUD5 a month to keep 25GB of data there, with automatically hourly updates. Amazon are now offering a flat USD100 per year for unlimited storage on the Amazon Drive product. Unlimited. It’s very tempting as it isn’t much more than what I’m paying now and I could simply mirror my entire hard drive there.

Seucrely store photos, videos and files in Amazon Drive and access them anywhere, on any device.

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Videographic cfp

CFP: Videographic Approaches to World Cinema and Transnational Circulation
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Chicago, March 22-26, 2017

This panel seeks works of videographic criticism (or papers that address methodological and/or theoretical questions about this [new] form of scholarship) that look beyond the “text itself” to explore broader industrial questions about the processes through which films circulate. The videographic mode opens up rhetorical possibilities often unattainable via traditional modes of scholarship. Although it has been used overwhelmingly for—and is well suited to—close textual analysis, it simultaneously offers intriguing possibilities/challenges for explorations of other aspects of film culture such as exhibition, distribution, audience reception, and so on.

We are especially interested in proposals that address transnational circulation and/or issues related to World Cinema. Possible topics include:

Distribution
Exhibition
Promotion (trailers, posters, etc.) and Branding
Paratexts (including opening titles, DVD packaging, making-of docs, etc.)
Film reviewing/criticism
Film Festivals
Subtitles, Dubbing and Translation
DVDs and streaming platforms
Celebrity/red carpet/awards shows
Audiences/fandom/fan vids
Social media (Youtube, Instagram, Vine, etc.)
Piracy and copyright

Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio to David Richler david.richler@carleton.ca and Michael Talbott michael.talbott@castleton.edu by Friday, August 12.