Learning Analytics Documentation

Learning Analytics Discovery Toolkit

Step 4: Goals for learning analytics

  1. ▪ Identify your institutional aims and prioritise them.
  2. ▪ Ensure you have institution-wide agreement and understanding.
  3. ▪ Decide on the scope and size of learning analytics pilot/implementation you want to do.
  4. ▪ Identify existing analytics activity in your institution and if it can be built on

Examples of institutional goals

  • ▪ Improve retention
  • ▪ Improve student success/engagement/graduate prospects
  • ▪ Provide information to students to help them succeed academically
  • ▪ Establish what data would be useful and practicable to collect
  • ▪ Grow student numbers
  • ▪ Provide interpretive dashboards to appropriate staff and students
  • ▪ Establish trends and predictive models which link engagement behaviours with attainment
  • ▪ Increase Learning Gain (student improvement)
  • ▪ Impact student engagement/experience
  • ▪ Library – resource provisions, information skills increased, assessing digital behaviour interventions for the widening participation students
  • ▪ Improve the first year student experience
  • ▪ Refine engagement and intervention strategies
  • ▪ Effective use of blended and fully online delivery of learning and teaching
  • ▪ Early intervention for at risk students

Step 5: Governance and leadership

Senior management support is key to the success of learning analytics initiatives.

You should:

  • ▪ Have a working or management group leading on learning analytics with wide representation
  • ▪ Ensure you have strategic alignment across the institution i.e. all key senior and middle managers agree on the direction of travel and priorities
  • ▪ Have a nominated project lead for implementation moving forward and to be the point of contact for Jisc
  • ▪ Consult with key stakeholders across all services and subject areas, also consult with students

Step 6: Discovery questionnaire

The discovery questionnaire assessment helps you determine your readiness for learning analytics across a number of areas, including strategic, data and technical.

You should:

  • ▪ Review your readiness to undertake learning analytics implementation
  • ▪ The process is as important as the product. So we suggest you consult with as many people as you feel is required. If necessary record the range of answers to some questions.

Complete theJisc Learning Analytics Readiness Questionnaire (Microsoft Word)

Step 7: Review areas that need development and create an action plan

You may wish to set-up a call or meeting with Jisc to discuss your discovery questionnaire.What areas need to be address will be dependent on your institutional goals and the scope/size of the learning analytics project you are looking to undertake.Some areas are covered in the next stages so we'd recommend you review the toolkits and guides.

Step 8: Start to address readiness recommendations

You will have a list of recommendations, pre-requisites to implementing learning analytics, suggestions on how you might approach a pilot implementation. This will be an on-going process.

You should:

  • ▪ Discuss the recommendations with your working group
  • ▪ Identify any recommendations you need to explore and/or address
  • ▪ Ensure you have senior management commitment and sign-off to proceed with any implementation
  • ▪ Engage with your users