Learning Analytics: A Journey to Implementation

Kevin O’Halla, Chief Information Officer
Eric Kunnen, Director, Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies
David Anderson, Enterprise Applications Manager, Information Technologies
Paul Herdegen, Data Warehouse Architect, Information Technologies

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC)

Kevin O'Halla

Presentation available at http://bit.ly/grccbbworld13.

About GRCC:

  • 2 year Community College
  • Enrollment 17,000+
  • 200-300 Full Time and 600-800 Adjunct
  • Main Campus (Downtown), 2 Technical Education Centers, and Regional Locations

About Analytics:

What is analytics?

“The use of data, statistical analysis, and explanatory and predicative models to gain insights and at on complex issues.” – EDUCAUSE

Where is the data?

The data is in a variety of places:

  • ERP systems such as Banner, Datatel, PeopleSoft, Jezabar, etc…
  • Admin Systems, CRM, one-card, parking, bookstore, food service, early alert, etc…
  • Academic Systems, LMS, library, etc…
  • Assessment, Placement testing, student/faculty evaluations, etc…
  • College Readiness Assessment, ACT, SAT…
  • Peer Institution and Benchmarking Data

Analytics at GRCC

Eric Kunnen

With all of this data available, what can you do with it?

  • Visually view reports that can help you decide when to schedule maintenance at the time with the least amount of activity on the system.
  • View trends over time. Find out if the peek times of use is the same during the Fall and Winter semesters.
  • What courses are using the most space? Currently, the largest course is a music course with 6 GB of data.
  • Tool usage: Find faculty to share best practices around using specific tools, such as at a Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase. Or, simply reach out to just the faculty using a specific tool if there is an upgrade happening soon.
  • Look at the discussion board (DB) use across the entire institution to see what courses are using the DB, and which courses have the most student activity on the DB.
  • Quickly look to see if content has been added to courses. (Does your school require that all faculty post a syllabus in their Blackboard course?)
  • Compare the final grade in your student information system with  student’s activity in Blackboard. This opens up a whole new set of questions and opportunities that you can dig into further.

In a nutshell, Learning Analytics allows you to expose information that is currently tucked away in Blackboard to faculty, students, and various administrators on your campus.


About Meegan
Meegan has over fifteen years experience working in higher education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from Western Michigan University and a Master of Education with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from American InterContinental University Online. She is currently the Instructional Technologist/Designer at Grand Rapids Community College where her main focus is helping faculty to develop and deliver quality online and hybrid courses.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: