Hello, everyone! A managerial position in a global IT company suggests working with a plethora of reports, learning analytics and stats of all sorts on a daily basis. Hence, looking into numbers, discussing them with my colleagues and taking decisions relying on what I see is part-and-parcel of my daily routines. That’s why for my ‘practise visualization’ I opted for tracking instances when I interact with the in-company analytics. Have I discovered anything revolutionary? Not really. The data show that, indeed, analyzing numbers is a regular activity for me. Most often I read reports or discuss the insights with colleagues. Perhaps last week was more data intense than usual, since I’m getting ready for promoting some of my team-members, hence I had to check many reports.
The topic for my first visualization may also explain why this course is of particular interest to me. I’m working in the environment where data are considered to be the supreme good for all spheres, and education is no exception. Thus, I feel it is crucial to develop a critical understanding of what data really are and what benefits and risks they offer. Working with teachers and students, I would really want to understand how I could empower them with the data we have at our disposal rather than use the analytics as a stick, something that Selwyn and Gasevich were talking about. As a learner myself, a teacher and a manager, I’m looking forward to considering datafication from all the 3 standpoints, and looks like the upcoming blocks will give us an excellent chance to do that.