What is Learning Analytics?

Learning analytics (LA) is an emerging evidence-based discipline that brings social, pedagogical and technical approaches together to allow us to make informed decisions about teaching and learning in higher education, and assess the impact of these decisions. “Analytics” for higher education has been defined as

the process of developing actionable insights through problem definition and the application of statistical models and analysis against existing and/or simulated future data

(Cooper, 2012)

The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) defines the core activities of learning analytics as

the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts

with the goal of

understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which learning occurs.

Learning analytics offers us an an approach to understanding and optimizing critical information flows within teaching and learning systems in higher education, embracing not only analytic methods but also the social and pedagogical insights needed to interpret, report and act on them.

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