This Week in Learning Analytics: Back to School Edition


Latest News

2 September 2014
University of Michigan Establishes Digital Office for Education
The University’s newly established Office of Digital Education and Innovation was created to assist faculty in further integrating technology and digital programs. Students are likely to experience an increase in technology usage as faculty gain experience with programs, technology, digital community, learning analytics and various innovative projects.

1 September 2014
Victoria University Implements Brightspace Integrated Learning Platform
Victoria University (VU) has revitalised its e-learning environment through an integrated learning platform that uses data analytics and mobile apps to help design, deliver and manage learning programs for its more than 47,000 students.

29 August 2014
UT Arlington’s LINK Research Lab Presents Fall Schedule on Digital Learning
The recently inaugurated Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington presented its schedule of fall events, which will begin with a conversation on digital learning and include the participation of experts from around the globe.

27 August 2014
Common Core State Standards a Threat to Personal Liberty — Thomas More Law Center Develops Opt-Out Form for Parents
The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, designed the comprehensive opt-out form for parents concerned about Common Core and who want to protect their children’s privacy from educational data mining.

Recent Blogs

Haiku from the Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining Communities by David Sherlock
Questions of Data Ownership on Campus by Kyle M. L. Jones, John Thomson, and Kimberly Arnold
How to give students control of their data by Erwin Bomas
Learning Analytics: A Platform for Learning by Amit Bahl

Featured Articles

Three Paths for Learning Analytics and Beyond: Moving from Rhetoric to Reality
Colin Beer, David Jones & Rolley Tickner

There is growing rhetoric about the potential of learning analytics in higher education. There is concern about what the growing hype around learning analytics will mean for the reality. Will learning analytics be a repeat of past mistakes where technology implementations fail to move beyond a transitory fad and provide meaningful and sustained contributions to learning and teaching? How can such a fate be avoided? This paper identifies three paths that learning analytics implementations might take, with particular consideration to their likely impact on learning and teaching. An ongoing learning analytics project – currently used by hundreds of teaching staff to support early interventions to improve student retention -at a regional Australian university is examined in relation to the three paths, and some implications, challenges and future directions are discussed.

Educational Data Mining Applications
S. Lakshmi Prabha & Dr.A.R.Mohamed Shanavas

The tools and techniques of data mining are being adopted by the industries to generate business intelligence for improving decision making. Education institutions are beginning to use data mining techniques for improving the services they provide and for increasing student grades and retention. This paper presents broad areas of applications in which educational data mining can be applied to e-learning. The application areas discussed in this paper are:

  1. User modelling
  2. User grouping or profiling
  3. Domain modelling and
  4. Trend analysis.

A MathsTutor for school students of 6th, 7th and 8th grade is designed and implemented in 3 schools in Tamilnadu. The student data are taken for analysis for the above said areas. This helps teachers, policy makers, and administrators to understand how educational data mining work to support education related decision making

Calls for Papers

CALL FOR CHAPTERS: Developing Effective Educational Experiences through Learning Analytics
Edge Hill University Press (ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15 September 2014)

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Call for Ethical & Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics
Project LACE / SURF SIG LA (DEADLINE: 24 September 2014)

CALL FOR PAPERS: 5th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) | 16-20 March 2015 (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 14 October 2014)

Upcoming Events

6-9 October 2014
Learning Analytics Week
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

15 October 2014
ALE Speaker Series: Charles Dziuban on Engaging Students in an Engaging Educational Environment

Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

20 October 2014
Data, Analytics and Learning: An introduction to the logic and methods of analysis of data to improve teaching and learning

University of Texas Arlington | EdX

24 October 2014

The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK)

Employment Opportunities

Algonquin College (Canada)
Algonquin College, Centre for Continuing and Online Learning is seeking subject matter experts in learning analytics interested in curriculum development and online facilitation. For more information, please email Sandra Larwill at

University of Queensland (Australia)
The new Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITALI) will provide leadership, engagement and advocacy in educational innovation, teaching excellence and learning analytics and aims to transform & innovate teaching, learning and creativity. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 22 September 2014

Taylor’s University (Malaysia)
The Learning Analytics Specialist is responsible for strategy development, data analysis, education evaluation and learning analytics. He/She will support the Taylor’s University learning analytics strategic priorities through the design, development and implementation of an innovative and sustainable learning analytics strategy and will engage with academic staff to encourage the use of analytics tools to support teaching and learning. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 3 October 2014