An Information Architecture for Education

 

A4L Community Meeting 

November 2017, Melbourne

ALL GENERALIZATIONS ARE DANGEROUS, EVEN THIS ONE

Alexander Dumas

national

system

local

To be effective, Education needs quality data to be available in all contexts a learner encounters.

Learning is experimental, success at all levels means amplifying, not generalising the best outcomes.

This is only possible with consistent, comparable, helpful and accurate data.

lifelong learning

change school

change sector

  • enrol
  • change class
  • change subjects
  • change focus
  • change teachers
  • assess
  • change school
  • change sector
  • family change
  • qualify

The Digital Learner

is an

Event Stream

lifelong learning

change school

change sector

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schools, school systems and curriculum authorities

generate & respond to events...

...BUT who supports the journey

&

What does it take to support that journey well...

what if education data were a gps?

(and we should be)

 

You Are Here, probably.

Choose Your Own Adventure

For this to work, explicitly...

  • I need to know where you are
  • Have some idea of where you're going
  • Must have good data at every step
  • Especially when you change direction

 

 

For this to work, implicitly...

  • I am prepared to share my information
  • I do so because I understand the value of the service on offer
  • I need to trust the results you provide

An Information Architecture for Education

  • lifelong support
    • of someone who controls their own destiny
    • with the best data possible
    • to make the best decisions possible
    • who trusts & shares
    • to access services of benefit
  • to achieve the best outcome

So are we nearly there yet?

more here...

...than here

An Information Architecture for Education

Can We?

  • support learners across all contexts
  • share reliable data easily & quickly
  • allow success to be amplified effectively
  • give learners agency in their data & services
  • be trusted

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

R. Buckminster Fuller 

A New Model

To design out the existing limitations, we need to build on a different foundation.

 

Make student data and self-agency the central focus.

 

 

national

system

local

student

data

entitlement

The 

Interoperability

Foundation

The 

Learning

Services

Architecture

The 

Student

Data

Entitlement

 Evidence &

Data Sharing

 

An Information Architecture for Education

> enables >

> enables >

> enables >

InteroperabilityFoundation

Now

  • Agreed AU Data Model
  • Common Definitions
  • Common Understanding
  • Technical Assets
  • Assurance Testing

Future

  • Support an evolving data model
  • Support multiple standards
  • Embed privacy & security controls
  • Make adoption easier
  • Be cloud native 

Learning Services Architecture

Now

  • Common Definitions
  • Common Processes
  • Common Understanding
  • Use Cases
  • Common Market Interface
  • Nationally Aligned Delivery

Future

  • Support inter-agency exchanges
  • Formalise the architectural patterns 
  • Create a Trust environment; safety, security & privacy
  • Explicit identity & reputation 

Student Data Entitlement

Now

  • Multiple facets of student record captured and exchanged according to standard

Future

  • Lifelong Learning (longitudinal record) a baseline assumption
  • Student/Parent ownership of data
  • Consent and Privacy as first-class citizens
  • Guarantees & Service Levels for information exchange

Evidence & Data Sharing

Now

  • Burden of compliance
  • Fragmented collections
  • Unaware of consistent data available from the LSA
  • Privacy as a risk
  • Consent as a risk
  • Collaboration as a risk

Future

  • Assumption of available good quality data
  • Assumption that sharing is possible
    • with Privacy a mitigated risk
    • with Consent a mitigated risk
  • Collaboration as a default

A4L - SIFAAMB - NSIP

Nurture the AU Data Model

 

Continue the LSA rollout

 

Support the unified market interface

 

Create a Trusted Environment

Put the student at the centre

 

Give them their data

 

Make sharing safe, easy and normal

 

Make data the currency to exchange for service

...very much a game of two halves.

A New Model

  • I own my data and the journey.
  • Data supports me and those who help me to make the best decisions we can.
  • The architecture ensures safety, security, privacy, trust & consent.
  • Evidence allows insight to arise at any and every location.
  • Success can be amplified because we've instrumented the learner and the system.

national

system

local

student

data

entitlement

An Information Architecture for Education

Making this work for

everyone

is the

new agenda

A4L Community Meeting

November 2017, Melbourne

thankyou.

 

any questions?

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