Themes in Learning Analytics –
A Critical View
Talis Insight 2015
No-one REALLY knows what
Learning Analytics is! 2
Defining [Learning] Analytics
Analytics is the process of developing actionable insights through
problem definition and the application of statistical models and
analysis against existing and/or simulated future data.
Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and
reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of
understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in
which it occurs.
Society for Learning Analytics Research
What is Life?
Life is the period between birth and death, which
may include episodes of reproduction.
In Broken Images
He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.
He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images;
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images,
Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance;
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.
Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact,
Questioning their relevance, I question the fact.
When the fact fails him, he questions his senses;
When the fact fails me, I approve my senses.
He continues quick and dull in his clear images;
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.
He in a new confusion of his understanding;
I in a new understanding of my confusion.
We Don’t REALLY Know, but…
Strategies for discovery
• Converse &
• Open practice
Strategies for doing
• Action research
• Small is beautiful
• Open systems
• People in the system
• Start from current practice
• Participative design
Learning Analytics Community Exchange Project
workshops – presentations – white papers – blogging
evidence hub – network of associates
“Themes in Learning Analytics – A Critical View” by Adam Cooper,
Cetis, was presented at Talis Insight on April 15th 2015.
This work was undertaken as part of the LACE Project, supported by the European Commission Seventh
Framework Programme, grant 619424.
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