Learning Analytics

Rabecca Clawson, Student Success Advisor to online students at Boise State, uses analytics to track student progress.
Rebecca Clawson, Student Success Advisor to online students at Boise State, uses analytics to support student success.

Learning analytics can enhance instructional decision-making by empowering instructors, advisors and administrators with information about the learning environment.

What is learning analytics?

Learning analytics is “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” (International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge, 2015).

The Research and Innovation Team at eCampus Center collaborates with online faculty, advisors, and administrators to gather and interpret data on the following:

  • Student success and performance
  • Student activity/behavior and engagement
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Retention
  • And much more

Instructional Design and Course Improvement Tools

For instructors, learning analytics data can help detect students who may be at-risk in courses, identify course strengths and weaknesses, and pinpoint areas in which courses can be improved.

Data-driven Advising Tools

For advisors, learning analytics can inform outreach and support practices with learner activity data, creating early warning alerts for at-risk students, and integrating communication with instructors.

Program Evaluation, Assessment, and Improvement Tools

For course and program administrators, learning analytics can illuminate trends and patterns in student learning outcomes and engagement within a larger institutional context.

Statistical Analysis, Data Visualization and Research Design Tools

For researchers, learning analytics can enhance traditional education research and methodology by enabling a deeper understanding of student engagement and the learning environment.

Contact Us

If you are interested in drawing on learning analytics data to inform your instructional, advising, or administration pedagogy and practice for your online courses/program, please contact Ben Croft.