Author Erwin Bomas

Erwin is a project manager at the Unit Innovation of the Kennisnet Foundation, the public educational organization which supports and inspires Dutch primary, secondary and vocational institutions in the effective use of new technology. Erwin is a designer by background and is specialized in helping schools to improve their innovation skills. His interest is on the intersection of educational philosophy, innovation management, usability and new technology and his field of work includes subjects as design thinking, learning analytics, privacy by design and 21st century skills.

At SXSWedu LACE partner Kennisnet presented a direction for solving the privacy problem in education. The SXSWedu event is a yearly conference that attracts about 7000 educational technology professionals ranging from teachers, key players, policy makers and developers across all sectors from the US and all over the world. It’s a spin-off of the larger SXSW Interactive conference, which is focused on development and advances in the technology sector at large. The event took place from March 9 to 12 2015. Why user-centric design? Erwin Bomas presented a talk on behalf of LACE in the Big Data & Learning Analytics…

On the 20th of November I organized a master class at the well-organized Media and Learning Conference in Brussels on Learning Analytics and Visualisation of Data. I was grateful for this subject as visualisation is a very important aspect in the use of analytics. As a designer by background I know that sheets full of data will not influence the average user much. He neither has time nor the tendency to dive into piles of numbers the way some researchers do. But when presented timely and in a user-friendly and appealing way, data can make you change behavior. I experienced…

At the De Onderwijsdagen (OWD – Education Days) in Rotterdam on November 12 there was a presentation on Learning Analytics research in the schools sector. In a full session room with about 50 professionals from the schools sector I started with an introduction to the LACE project. Then Gerard Veldhuis from the Dutch research institution TNO presented recent research findings on learning analytics with the Schooltas app. Schooltas is an app that offers learning materials on tablets, laptops or PCs with possibilities for learners to make digital notes, practice and share information. The research focused on the effectiveness and efficiency…

Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs. This provides actionable feedback for learners, teachers and school leaders. Learning Analytics can play an important role embedded in the learning process itself, or can provide insights and information for teachers and school leaders when it’s extracted from the learning process. Why is it important? According to the leading research and consultancy bureau Gartner, Learning Analytics is a hype approaching ‘the peak of inflated expectations’. There is a lot of…

“Everybody’s talking about Big Data and Learning Analytics, but if you don’t solve privacy first it is going to be killed before it has really started.” These are the words of Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium (NMC), known for their Horizon Trend Reports about the latest trends in educational technology worldwide. I spoke to Larry just before this summer, a couple of weeks after InBloom, an American platform for central exchange of educational data, announced its closure after heavy protests of parents concerned about student privacy. Privacy and learning analytics At Kennisnet we are investigating the possibilities…