Picking up a thread from yesterday...
I continue to believe that the most immediate opportunity for demonstrating the value of learning analytics in institutions and enterprises comes from mining existing pools of data in creative and thoughtful ways. But Stephen Downes was absolutely right in his April 24th critique of my post Data Change Everything. He said that the emerging learning analytics paradigms will benefit not from mining old data new ways, but in looking for better ways to collect new information.
Doing old things in new ways is an important step toward change. Transformation means doing new things in new ways.
Gamification offers one very exciting new possibility for doing just exactly that. The mobile web opens lots of data collection opportunities and there are bound to be lots more.
Just think about it.