Insights on learning analytics
Posted September 4, 2012on:
This is an exception that I am making to a rule. I am responding to an email request to feature an infographic.
I am featuring it partly because the person asked nicely, had credentials, and responded to my queries. I am also including it here because it addresses an emerging but important trend that not many people understand.
Based on a tool demonstration they provided some months later, I did not get a sense that Blackboard really understood what learner analytics was. I only saw administrative analytics, not learning or learner analytics.
The infographic below provides a better picture of this [source].
A learning analytics system does not just data mine. It reacts and responds as an intelligent system to every learner. It augments a human instructor by providing more immediate feedback and personalizing learning.
Bottom line: A good learning analytics system is not designed with an administrator or KPIs in mind. It is designed for the learner first and foremost.