Delivered October13, 2011 in Cape Town South Africa at the 2011 Southern African Association for Institutional Research forum
As more student academic activities involve both institutional and social networks, educational analysts are needing to investigate ways in which this data can be collected and interpreted to enhance learning experiences. Data recorded as students explore personal learning environments is most often not accessible or incomplete. Here we explore some of the approaches that exist to use these social networking platforms along with information from the learning management system and academic records. Combining and analysing this data has allowed us to create a number of interesting visualizations exposing patterns which would have been impossible to glean from looking at the data alone. In an age of data abundance we reflect on using some of these new measures in relation to improving learning design, increasing academic responsiveness and enhanced student experiences.