Stepping out of the box           Toward analytics outside the LMSAbelardo Pardo, Carlos Delgado Kloos University Carlos I...
Warning: From macro to micro Apply analytics toeveryday operations    in a course.   Toward highly   focused quick     act...
The scenario• Second year engineering• Class meets twice a week• Active learning (U work, I  work)   1.Learn how to progra...
The problem           • LMS = Forum           • Intense activity outside LMS.           • Can we record the interaction?  ...
The solution                   • Think as a student                   • Offer fully configured                     environ...
Virtual Machines                             • A (guest) computer in a                               file (8 Gigabytes)   ...
Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS   7
Internals              • Instrumentation of main                tools              • Record when tools are                ...
Advantages• Closer insight on  procedural activities• Limited to the course  environment• Limited in time• Observe some  “...
On-going work                   • First data set collected:                     Sep./Dic. 10. Observed 248                ...
Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS   11
Browsing outside the LMS                • 48K events: 15,5K are URLs                  (32.07%)                • 8,669 uniq...
Conclusions• VMs offer a good  trade-off for course  environment• Advantages to  students• Potential for high  observabili...
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Stepping out of the box. Toward Learning Analytics outside of the LMS

  1. 1. Stepping out of the box Toward analytics outside the LMSAbelardo Pardo, Carlos Delgado Kloos University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain www.it.uc3m.es/abel
  2. 2. Warning: From macro to micro Apply analytics toeveryday operations in a course. Toward highly focused quick actuators Micro does not mean simple! Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 2
  3. 3. The scenario• Second year engineering• Class meets twice a week• Active learning (U work, I work) 1.Learn how to program in C 2.Use “industrial” tools 3.Work in teams 4.Increase your self-learning• Work in pairs and in teams• Significant out-of-class activity Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 3
  4. 4. The problem • LMS = Forum • Intense activity outside LMS. • Can we record the interaction? • Can we take measures? • Can we act over 250 students?Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 4
  5. 5. The solution • Think as a student • Offer fully configured environment for the course • Offer doc. sharing • Attract course activity to that environment • Capture, report, predict, act and refine • Total transparency!Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 5
  6. 6. Virtual Machines • A (guest) computer in a file (8 Gigabytes) • Runs as a regular application in your (host) PC • When in full window, almost as running another operating system • Access to files in “host” machine • Available 1st dayAbelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 6
  7. 7. Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 7
  8. 8. Internals • Instrumentation of main tools • Record when tools are used • Relay data to server when updating shared documents • Transparent to the user • User confirms terms of useAbelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 8
  9. 9. Advantages• Closer insight on procedural activities• Limited to the course environment• Limited in time• Observe some “elusive” behavior – Ability to use modern engineering tools – Ability to function in multidisciplinary teams Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 9
  10. 10. On-going work • First data set collected: Sep./Dic. 10. Observed 248 Students • Used by 85% of them • Encoded in CAM • 48K events • Beginning to report, towards “act”Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 10
  11. 11. Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 11
  12. 12. Browsing outside the LMS • 48K events: 15,5K are URLs (32.07%) • 8,669 unique pages • 28.51% point to the LMS • Conclusion: 3 out of 4 pages are outside the LMS. Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 12
  13. 13. Conclusions• VMs offer a good trade-off for course environment• Advantages to students• Potential for high observability• Oriented toward quick actuators www.it.uc3m.es/abel Abelardo Pardo. Stepping out of the Box. Analytics outside the LMS 13
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