Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs . A related field is educational data mining.
Phi Beta Iota: The obvious deficiency is that most projects are generally focused on retro learning environments. The better idea would be to unleash student-driven education, empower every student with free cell phones, call centers, and access to desktop analytic toolkits, and see where it goes. A better approach would be to do a comprehensive design intended to liberate human minds, access to all possible information in all languages, and responsive provision of information tools, all in the context of focusing students on the real world and the top challenges to humanity as a whole. In our view, education, intelligence (decision-support) and research all need to be integrated and re-designed from bottom-up, blending all three into a DNA-like spiral that achieves M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making).
2011 Horizon Report: Four to Five Years: Learning Analytics
Learning analytics need not simply focus on student performance. It might be used as well to assess curricula, programs, and institutions.
February 27-March 1, 2011 in Banff, Alberta
EVENT: Learning Analytics – ELI 2012 Online Spring Focus Session. April 11-12, 2012. Register Now and explore learning analytics’ potential for positively impacting student learning and instructor effectiveness.
Analytics Today: Getting Smarter About Emerging Technology, Diverse Students, and the Completion Challenge, EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, October 2011. This video provides an overview of the increased use of blended learning, mobile learning, gaming, personal learning networks, augmented reality in higher education. And asks pointedly that If we want these technology “power tools” to have a real and lasting impact on the challenges of college completion, then anchoring these efforts in on-target analytics that serve not only policy but also core practice will be essential.
Several briefings and graphics of note.
The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) is an inter-disciplinary network of leading international researchers who are exploring the role and impact of analytics on teaching, learning, training and development.