During the past several months there have been low background rumblings in the land of education and training. That is the sound of the learning world discovering what Internet professionals working in other vertical markets have known for years: The digital “breadcrumbs” that learners leave behind about their viewing, reading, engagement and assessment behaviors, interests and preferences provide massive amounts of data that can be mined to better personalize online experiences.
I have always thought that "adaptive learning design" would finally give us the holy grail of "contextual relevance" for our learners. This post illuminates what to consider when analyzing learner behavior through their data trails. Combine that with observing learner behavior and you can potentially get to that holy grail of relevance.