The application of learning analytics to improve learning: Questions from the academy
Alderman, Lyn (2015) The application of learning analytics to improve learning: Questions from the academy. In ALASI 2015: Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute, 26-27 November 2015, Sydney, N.S.W.
Since 2007, close collaboration between the Learning and Teaching Unit’s Academic Quality and Standards team and the Department of Reporting and Analysis’ Business Objects team resulted in a generational approach to reporting where QUT established a place of trust. This place of trust is where data owners are confident in date storage, data integrity, reported and shared. While the role of the Department of Reporting and Analysis focused on the data warehouse, data security and publication of reports, the Academic Quality and Standards team focused on the application of learning analytics to solve academic research questions and improve student learning. Addressing questions such as:
• Are all students who leave course ABC academically challenged?
• Do the students who leave course XYZ stay within the faculty, university or leave?
• When students withdraw from a unit do they stay enrolled on full or part load or leave?
• If students enter through a particular pathway, what is their experience in comparison to other pathways?
• With five years historic reporting, can a two-year predictive forecast provide any insight?
In answering these questions, the Academic Quality and Standards team then developed prototype data visualisation through curriculum conversations with academic staff. Where these enquiries were applicable more broadly this information would be brought into the standardised reporting for the benefit of the whole institution. At QUT an annual report to the executive committees allows all stakeholders to record the performance and outcomes of all courses in a snapshot in time or use this live report at any point during the year. This approach to learning analytics was awarded the Awarded 2014 ATEM/Campus Review Best Practice Awards in Tertiary Education Management for The Unipromo Award for Excellence in Information Technology Management.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||learning analytics, higher education, pedagogy, evaluation, evaluative thinking, HERN|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2015 [Please consult the author]|
|Deposited On:||08 Apr 2016 06:36|
|Last Modified:||11 Apr 2016 17:37|
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