Facilitating Multiple Intelligences Through Multimodal Learning Analytics

2018 The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education  
This paper develops a theoretical framework for employing learning analytics in online education to trace multiple learning variations of online students by considering their potential of being multiple intelligences based on Howard Gardner's 1983 theory of multiple intelligences. The study first emphasizes the need to facilitate students as multiple intelligences by online education systems and then suggests a framework of the advanced form of learning analytics i.e., multimodal learning
more » ... ics for tracing and facilitating multiple intelligences while they are engaged in online ubiquitous learning. As multimodal learning analytics is still an evolving area, it poses many challenges for technologists, educationists as well as organizational managers. Learning analytics make machines meet humans, therefore, the educationists with an expertise in learning theories can help technologists devise latest technological methods for multimodal learning analytics and organizational managers can implement them for the improvement of online education. Therefore, a careful instructional design based on a deep understanding of students' learning abilities, is required to develop teaching plans and technological possibilities for monitoring students' learning paths. This is how learning analytics can help design an adaptive instructional design based on a quick analysis of the data gathered. Based on that analysis, the academicians can critically reflect upon the quick or delayed implementation of the existing instructional design based on students' cognitive abilities or even about the single or double loop learning design. The researcher concludes that the online education is multimodal in nature, has the capacity to endorse multiliteracies and, therefore, multiple intelligences can be tracked and facilitated through multimodal learning analytics in an online mode. However, online teachers' training both in technological implementations and adapting educational theories to online education is necessary to achieve this ideal. Keywords: Learning analytics, multimodal learning analytics, multiple intelligences, online learning, instructional design, double loop learning. Ayesha PERVEEN is an Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature & Head, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at Virtual University of Pakistan. She has more than 15 years of experience of teaching English language and literature in face to face and online modes. Her educational interests include adapting established educational theories for open and distance learning or creating new ones in view of the existing challenges. She is an interdisciplinary researcher and her research interests include open and distance learning, blended learning, learning analytics, critical theory, critical discourse analysis, critical pedagogy, English language teaching and literatures written in English. She is also the co-editor of Virtual University hosted Journal of Distance Education and Research (JDER). She has 7 journal articles published in international indexes and 1 international book chapter (accepted), many national articles, editorials and conference papers to her credit.
doi:10.17718/tojde.382655 fatcat:sctr7om4p5enhezdvuj2d7xhiu