Using Learning Analytics to Inform Learning Design
Sonia Cheung and Paula Hodgson
Abstract / Video
Learning design can be defined as a methodology for enabling teachers as well as curriculum designers to make more informed decisions in how they go about designing learning activities and making effective use of resources and technologies (Conole, 2012, p. 121). For making decisions, educators can gather data about learning behaviour which may provide a new lens to understand student learning experience. Data archived in the LMS and library usage can be retrieved for analysis and visualization to reveal learning progress and inform intervention. LMS and Youtube are now built-in with analytics to provide profiles about user activity. Engaging students with writing blogs and discussion forum can provide an alternative source of data that allow teachers to keep track of changes in their conceptual understanding of the course. Educators can review the data to design learning activities, observe student progress, and allow flexibility for just-in-time feedback to students. In this presentation, we will discuss the application of data for enhancing students’ success, and introduce some useful analytics tools that can enable educators to better plan and monitor student progress.