timothyharfield

Should edtech vendors stop selling 'predictive analytics'?

Discussion created by timothyharfield on Aug 28, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 29, 2017 by Ian Holder

Should edtech vendors stop selling 'predictive analytics'? A response to Tim McKay - Timothy D. Harfield

Timothy D. Harfield

Pedantic rants about the use and misuse of language are a lot of fun. We all have our soap boxes, and I strongly encourage everyone to hop on theirs from time to time. But when we enter into conversations around the use and misuse of jargon, we must always keep two things in mind: (1) …

I recently wrote this piece in response to a learning analytics scholar (and friend) who has had a tendency to lay blame for misunderstandings around the term 'predictive' at the feet of educational technology vendors.  I used this as an opportunity to explore the term from a variety of perspectives, and explore several consequences.  What do you think?

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