Learning Analytics: A Journey to Implementation
July 10, 2013 Leave a comment
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)
Presentation available at http://bit.ly/grccbbworld13.
- 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
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
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.