ALT-C 2014, September 2014, Warwick, UK
Learning Analytics: seeking
answers at a time of big
Li Yuan, Adam Cooper, University of Bolton
Doug Clow, Open University
Learning Analytics Community Exchange
• European Union Support & Coordination project
• 24 more months to go
• 9 partners (inc. Norway, Sweden, UK, Belgium,
Netherlands and Italy)
• Focus areas
Interoperability & Data Sharing
What is Learning Analytics?
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 – SoLAR)
A Generic Framework for Learning Analytics
Greller, W., & Drachsler, H. (2012). Translating Learning into Numbers: A Generic
Framework for Learning Analytics. Educational Technology & Society, 15 (3), 42–57
Cultural / Tech issues
• How do we convince management of the return on investment of analytics?
• Where do we start: the problem to be addressed or the data available?
• What information do we not want to know? (privacy law)
• How do we overcome resistance to change?
• Where do we get statisticians / data scientists from?
• How do we make insights actionable?
• How do we get reliable data / avoid students gaming the system?
• How do we identify the useful data in the wealth of available data?
• How do we get relevant data from outside the institution?
• How do we get data from multiple (legacy) systems to interoperate?
• How do we make data comparable between institutions?
- Cetis conference 2014
SNAPP: Social Networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice
• Student retention and early intervention
• Students learning in MOOCs
2. Questions to be answered?
1. Cetis Analytics Series, http://publications.cetis.ac.uk/c/analytics
2. Join the LACE community, http://www.laceproject.eu/join-community/
3. Greller, W., & Drachsler, H. (2012). Translating Learning into Numbers: A
Generic Framework for Learning Analytics. Educational Technology & Society,
15 (3), 42–57, http://www.ifets.info/journals/15_3/4.pdf
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