Learning Analytics: What Is It? Why Do It? And How?

My presentation deck from a brown bag talk recently delivered to students in the Emory University Laney Graduate School.
Analytics Cycle
Abstract:
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. Data driven approaches to teaching and learning are rapidly being adopted within educational environments, but there is still much confusion about what learning analytics is, what it can do, and how it is best employed.

This talk provides a general overview of the field of learning analytics, its terminology and methods, as well as contemporary ethical debates. It also introduces several open source and Emory-supported analytics tools available to students and instructors to facilitate the achievement of various learning outcomes.