Pearl session: Big data and Activity-based Learning

Valerie Smothers

Health professions learners engage in a huge number of formal and informal learning activities, but often the data collected on their activities is limited to performance on assessments. We've heard about the possibility of examining fine grained learner data to examine longitudinal performance and improve educational systems. Technical specifications like the Experience API (aka Tin Can API) and others offer a way to provide social networking style "updates" on learner activities that could serve as a data source for such analysis.

  • If you could track anything you wanted to about your learners' activities in a really simple way, what would you track?
  • How would concerns about student privacy and patient privacy impact attempts to track your learners?
  • Should MedBiquitous develop a profile of the Tin Can API focused on reporting health professions education activities?