What are Learning Analytics?


Learning analytics is an educational application of web analytics, a science that is commonly used by businesses to analyze commercial activities, identify spending trends, and predict consumer behavior. Education is embarking on a similar pursuit into data science with the aim of learner profiling, a process of gathering and analyzing large amounts of detail about individual student interactions in online learning activities. The goal is to build better pedagogies, empower students to take an active part in their learning, target at-risk student populations, and assess factors affecting completion and student success. For learners, educators, and researchers, learning analytics is already starting to provide crucial insights into student progress and interaction with online texts, courseware, and learning environments used to deliver instruction. Students are beginning to experience the benefits of learning analytics as they engage with mobile and online platforms that track data to create responsive, personalized learning experiences.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • I am in the academic museum field, and I can see this being useful here. I see applicability to the non-academic museum field where museums are pursuing projects with the "formal learning" world of schools, but I do not see as much application to a typical museum visitor in what we might call a "downtown" museum (and I worked in a couple of those, too, e.g. SFMOMA and the Portland Art Museum). I just don't see much application in that arena.- weberj weberj Feb 27, 2016
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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