How Learning Analytics Are Being Used In Education

In an unplanned series of sorts, we’re showcasing a couple of posts about the 2013 NMC/EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Horizon Report for Higher Education. We’ve already talked about the key trends in the report and some challenges we face in implementing education technology, so we’re ready to take a look at the six technologies highlighted in the report as being game-changers for education. We’ve already looked at MOOCs and tablet computing, educational Games and gamification. Learning analytics were identified as another part of the ‘second horizon’, (or entering mainstream use in a two to three years).

We don’t talk about learning analytics as much as we’ve talked about some of the other technologies identified in the report (like MOOCs or using tablets in the classroom, for example), but there’s no doubt that classroom data holds a lot of promise, especially for helping to personalize learning. The Horizon Report showcases a number of different examples of institutions that are using learning analytics in different ways. We’ve linked to each of them below (along with the description provided in the report) so you can check out some of what the investigators saw as great examples.

learning analyticsThe Glass Classroom

Santa Monica College’s Glass Classroom initiative strives to enhance student and teacher performance through the collection and analysis of large amounts of data. Using real-time feedback, adaptive courseware adjusts based on an individual’s performance in the classroom in order to meet educational objectives.

jPoll at Griffith University

jPoll is an enterprise-wide tool developed by Griffith University in Australia, directed at capturing, maintaining, and engaging students in a range of interactive teaching situations. Originally developed as a replacement for clicker-type technologies, jPoll is helping educators identify problem areas for students via learning analytics.

Learning Analytics Seminars

At the University of Michigan, Provost Phil Hanlon launched the Learning Analytics Task Force (LATF), to help faculty better leverage instructional data. As part of the LATF, a series of seminars was developed to help train the faculty on current learning analytics tools and strategies for managing the growing amount of student data.

Predictive Learning Analytics Framework

The American Public University System is working with Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies to share a large data pool of student records across ten universities. Their goal is for this data to inform strategies for improving student learning outcomes.

Stanford University’s Multimodal Learning Analytics

In partnership with the AT&T Foundation, Lemann Foundation, and National Science Foundation, Stanford is exploring new ways to assess project-based learning activities through students’ gestures, words, and other expressions.