Director of Learning Initiatives
Ah, learning analytics. When it appeared on the higher education stage, around 2010/2011, it seemed like a simple and powerful idea: use the “breadcrumb” data learners generate to track student progress and to trigger interventions as needed, in real or near-real-time. So why, nearly 10 years later, do we find journal articles that tell us while the potential of learning analytics remains high, there is not yet sufficient realization of its potential? If it has such potential, why hasn’t learning analytics “taken off”? In short: what are the current challenges institutions are facing? To find out, Unizin, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and EDUCAUSE conducted a survey of a variety of communities to see if we could identify those challenges. In this session, we’ll look at the results and have some discussion about their implications.