Tools and support for data-driven teaching and learning

Learning analytics is “the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs”.1  To do that, the Learning Analytics team connects engagement, assessment, and student discussion data from Learning Tools.

Analytics are only one part of understanding the complex interaction that is the teaching and learning process, but combined with a user survey and other means of gathering input, they can provide important information that assists instructors and instructional technologists in building practical, responsive online courses.

To find out more about the Learning Analytics service, or to schedule a consultation, contact the Learning Analytics team.

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The Learning Analytics team: Rob Egan, Service Manager (left) and Andrew Brackett, Assistant Director

Learning Analytics Services

Brightspace Insights Portal

The Insights Portal is a set of dashboards built for (and with) faculty that address common instructional and curricular challenges. It offers a visual platform for understanding engagement, assessment, and discussion-related data as an aid for faculty–student interventions, just-in-time changes to class sessions, or iterative course curricular changes that improve student learning outcomes.

Data Request Service

Faculty and administrators can request learning data from instructional tools for different reasons: course improvement projects, SoTL projects, educational research, grant reporting, and more. Research involving identifiable student data will generally require an approved IRB application prior to data release.


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