Getting started with analytics

Platforms like Moodle, Panopto, and Echo360 gather information about student interactions, behaviours and activities that can be analysed to develop interventions for your students and improve learning resources. This guide provides information about data collection points within educational technologies.

Analytics can serve multiple purposes, including: indicating to the educator areas that need further instruction; identifying students who are struggling and need additional assistance; providing milestones and motivation for students to appreciate their own progress; allowing content to be customised to suit each individual learner’s needs; and many other benefits for both teacher and student.  “The basic value proposition for learning analytics is that generating more information about how learning processes unfold can help us better improve them” (Wise, p120, 2019).

The desired outcome of using analytics is to improve teaching approaches, content structure, formative and summative assessment, which leads to more effective teaching, better student experience, enhanced student understanding, and better student grades.

Traditionally, data has been collected at the end of a course when it can't influence the teaching or impact the current cohort. Analytics offers an opportunity not just for post-delivery improvement of a course, but for a “live” ongoing improvement process.