Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs.
Historically, some of the most common uses of learning analytics is the prediction of student academic success and identification of at-risk students in order to provide them with support. Analytics is not just limited to focusing on students. Data drawn from student interactions and online engagement can be used to improve teaching practices and resources. Additional goals of learning analytics include to:
- support student agency and self-regulation
- provide personalised and timely feedback to students
- improve teaching practices through the use of empirical evidence on the success of pedagogical innovations
- develop both student and educator awareness by supporting self-reflection
There are four main methodologies for learning analytics: descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive.
Strategies for applying these methodologies within the context of Monash are further explained within this resource, including instructions of how to access analytics within learning technologies to optimise learning.
Education Performance Standards Framework
The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.
Impact on student learning
Impact on educational knowledge
Impact on educational environment
Effective teaching and learning
Responsive program design
Student- centred orientation
Professional learning engagement
Pedagogical content knowledge
Education research performance
You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:
Learn how lecturers in MKF1120 used Moodle lessons analytics to track students’ online activity and their performance to be able to offer appropriate and timely advice.
Explore how to retrieve meaningful data from Moodle and improve the learning experience.
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