CLRI Annual Report 2017

The Centre for Learning, Research & Innovation (CLRI) is a joint venture between The Geelong College, Deakin University and The Geelong College Foundation.

The Centre aims to provide people with the ability to affect beneficial change within their schools, institutions and organisations. We engage in research projects and create professional development opportunities, by recognising learning as an active, dynamic behaviour that emerges from interactions between the human brain and the social world.

Our 2017 Annual Report is now available.

Learn about what we accomplished in 2017 and our plans for the future.

Data Visualization – Pivot

“Visual data analysis blends highly advanced computational methods with sophisticated graphics engines to tap the extraordinary ability of humans to see patterns and structure in even the most complex visual presentations.” – 2010 Horizon Report

The 2010 Horizon Report, released in January, identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry within the next five years. One of the emerging technologies the report describes is data visualization. It states that visual data analysis is “an emerging field; it is a blend of statistics, data mining, and visualization, that promises to make it possible for anyone to sift through, display, and understand complex concepts and relationships.”

The time to mainstream adoption of this technology is predicted to be 4 to 5 years.

Whilst Gapminder has been around for some time, Microsoft Live Labs has entered the data visualization field with Pivot. Microsoft Live Labs Director Gary Flake describes it as an experiment in data visualization that allows people to make more sense of the growing amount of information that surrounds them. Pivot basically revolves around “Collections.” Collections involve large groups of similar items on the Internet, so we can begin viewing the relationships between individual pieces of information in a new way. By visualizing hidden patterns, Pivot enables users to discover new insights while interacting with thousands of things at once.

Pivot is still relatively new and as such, the number of “collections” available is quite small. But with that being said, it allows you to do some really nice visual data analysis. Very impressed by what I have seen so far – even though it is currently limited in its use.

Watch Gary Flake at TED2010 – Is Pivot a turning point for web exploration?

Learning From The Extremes

Learning from the Extremes is a white paper funded by Cisco Systems Inc. and written by Charles Leadbeater and Annika Wong.

Excerpt: “The 20th century was the century of the teacher and the school, the class and the exam. The 21st needs to become the century of the educational entrepreneur and of the pupil as protagonist, self-motivated and self-organized learning, at scale, wherever and whenever it is needed.”

An interesting read that I would recommend. If 40+ pages doesn’t really grab you, then perhaps have a look at the 2 page executive summary of the same report.