25 June 2014: Learning Analytics for large scale distance and online courses

Presenters: Belinda Tynan [Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching] and Kevin Mayles, Open University, UK

Hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, Dean Learning and Teaching, RMIT University and Dr Mathew Hillier, Teaching and Educational Development Institute, University of Queensland, Australia starting 07:00AM UST/GMT. Duration 1 Hour.

This session detailed the model and approach used by the Open University, UK to Learning Analytics. The outcomes derived from an organisational level approach to embedding analytics as students begin their journey, on a day-to-day basis and in reflection to support students in being successful in their learning journey were also discussed.

Analytics are coordinated from the Learning and Teaching portfolio and is an institutional strategy for enhancing the learning experience by providing clear leadership and accountability. The Open University model has three strands: i) strategically focused creation of insights; ii) capability to implement analytics outputs and iii) availability of data for analytics from a single data store.

A framework for responding to data is based around the notion of analytics for action, analytics in action and analytics as post action. Analytics for student success is an inclusive strategy which brings together units and individuals from across the organisation which target key learning experience success performance indicators based on the OU student profile, the Z-score and student pass rate model, VLE analytics and research on predictive modelling for operational improvements. This approach has created a shared understanding of the key drivers of student success. From future student numbers planning, quality of the learning experience, student support teams and staff development analytics are being drawn upon to inform operational actions and which demonstrate a large scale and sophisticated capability.

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