Learning Analytics

In 2011, the 1st International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge defined learning analytics as 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” (EDUCAUSE Review, 2012). Additionally, learning analytics can be used in various ways (SoLAR, accessed 2021) including:

  • Predicting student academic success and identifying students who are at risk of failing or dropping out.
  • Providing timely, personalized learning feedback to all students.
  • Supporting the development of student self-reflection.
  • Providing institutions with empirical evidence on the success of various pedagogical decisions.

Learning analytics can be:

  • descriptive (provide insight into the past),
  • diagnostic (provide insight into why something happens), or
  • prescriptive (provide insight regarding possible outcomes) (SoLAR, accessed 2021).

One of the most powerful uses of learning analytics is its ability to help institutions make data-informed decisions and leverage the “tsunami” of data created by various software systems across the campus.

WCET Events

A Student Response to Analytics, Privacy, and Security

21 Feb 2019

In 2019, an essential handbook was released by two leading experts in data analytics, titled An Analytics Handbook: Moving from Evidence to Impact. This handbook introduces the reader to the field of analytics and its use in leveraging “big...

Using Behavioral Analytics to Support Student Retention

26 Apr 2018

Behavioral Analytics gathers student engagement data to inform recruitment, enrollment, and retention. It can allow institutions to learn the strengths, skills, and preferences of students, helping them to have more meaningful interactions with their students. Learn how Utica College...