Distributed Learning for K12 Part 3: Collect

In this brief blog series we'll be discussing the concept of Distributed Learning. What it is, the impact it has on K12 education, best practices for use in your school/district and other useful tips and tricks. Before diving into this post it might prove helpful to start at the beginning. Part 1 and part 2

 

Congrats on getting to step three! Seriously though, taking those first few steps and identifying the types of experiences and behaviors to measure and track is awesome.

Give yourself a pat on the back! 

Next we need to begin to collect the data that you have determined to be most important to your school and district.

In our opinion the most important thing to ensure you have in place is, the tools to be able to capture that data (if you're reading this, there is a good chance you have those tools in place but it's worth mentioning). 

Those tools include an LMS that is compliant with the xAPI and Caliper learning specifications and a Learning Record Store that will act as your "data warehouse". 

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If you're LMS isn't compliant with these learning specifications then collecting the data to help really impact your teachers and students is a bit beyond your reach. 

Having these crucial pieces in place will allow you to collect what you want to measure which will help you achieve your school and district goals. 

Baby steps

The flow of information that you are likely to see once you begin your data collection will likely be overwhelming. That's OK.

Remember you're probably moving from collecting data on roughly 10% of your learners experiences to somewhere in the neighborhood of 70-80%.

Quite the jump! So here's a few tips to be able to manage that increased flow of information:

  • Focus on one thing: Taking our examples of priorities from part 2, say you want to see what part of your curriculum if effective or not then focus your efforts on that priority
  • Share with others: Don't think you need to go it alone. Let other staff members and stakeholders help you analyze and interpret the data you are collect. 
  • Act on your data: You've collected and analyzed your data. Now come up with a plan and put it into action! 
  • Rinse and repeat: Move onto your next priority and begin the process again.

If you want to know more about how to collect your learners distributed learning data effectively Get in touch with us

 

WRITTEN BY

Matt Phillip Senior Marketing Manager at Thrivist, LLC