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Learning Analytics

Libraries often have ‘learning’ in their mission and vision statements.  For this to have more meaning we’re told that we should be able to measure it.   There is that old saw (which I disagree with BTW), that you can’t manage what you can’t measure.   Despite that, I still think it’s a good idea to review and measure and see what insights you can come up with.

Educause has publlished another “7 Things” guide, 7 Things You Should Know About First-Generation Learning Analytics.

http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutFirst/242966

“Broadly speaking, analytics programs evaluate large data sets to provide decision makers with information that can help determine the best course of action for an organization. Learning analytics (LA) takes this same approach but with the specific goal of improving learning outcomes, which could be measured by grades, retention, or completion.”  As usual, the quick reference resource answers the following questions: What is it? How does it work? Who’s doing it? Why is it significant? What are the downsides? Where is it going? What are the implications for teaching and learning?

As usual it is a simple two pager in EPUB or PDF.  Download it after the link:

http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutFirst/242966

Stephen

 

Posted on: January 3, 2012, 7:26 am Category: Uncategorized