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.