Learning analytics in higher education: A review of UK and international practice

Posted on May 19th, 2016

A new report from Jisc documents the emerging uses of learning analytics in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Learning analytics refers to “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about the progress of learners and the contexts in which learning takes place.” According to the report, the key ways that learning analytics can be used is: as a tool for quality assurance and quality improvement; as a tool for boosting retention rates; as a tool for assessing and acting upon differential outcomes among the student population; and as an enabler for the development and introduction of adaptive learning. The report looks at eleven case studies, which point to the impact that analytics are having on teaching and learning. Case studies include analyzing social networks at the University of Wollongong, personalized pathway planning at Open Universities Australia, and identifying at-risk students at the New York Institute of Technology.