Monthly Archives: October 2014

Notes from Utrecht Workshop on Ethics and Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics

I’m back from yesterday’s excellent Workshop on Ethics & Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics  in Utrecht organised by LACE and SURF.  Hendrik Drachsler from the Open University of the Netherlands kicked off the session by presenting a background to learning analytics and some of the resulting ethical and privacy issues.  He mentioned the situation in … Read more

Tribal Student Insight: an interview with Chris Ballard

When I blogged about learning analytics systems being developed by vendors of student information systems (SISs) I mentioned Tribal’s emerging system, Student Insight, which it’s been developing with the University of Wolverhampton. Tribal’s SITS:Vision product is used by over half of UK higher education institutions.  Meanwhile the company’s ebs4 SIS (or MIS as it’s known … Read more

Learning analytics using business intelligence systems

In previous posts I’ve looked at the emerging tools for monitoring user engagement, and adding more sophisticated engagement metrics. I’ve also examined the learning analytics systems being offered by vendors of virtual learning environments (learning management systems) and student information systems.  VLEs and SISs are the places where most data about students and their learning … Read more

Using your student information system as the basis for learning analytics

While VLE vendors would like their systems to be at the heart of an institution’s learning analytics efforts, vendors of student information systems (SISs) are now attempting to place their products in the analytics driving seat.  The SIS (also known as the student record system) is a vital product for any educational institution. It includes data … Read more

Analytics systems centred around the VLE/LMS

Vendors are rapidly developing products for analysing learners and their activities.  There’s a battle going on between the companies whose primary product is the VLE, those which sell student information systems (SISs) and those who have developed business intelligence systems for industry in general but are now targetting the education sector as a key market. … Read more

More sophisticated learner engagement metrics – and doing something with them

I’ve described some of the basic reporting functionality available for Moodle and Blackboard but this is just scratching the surface of what is possible with learning analytics.  In this post I’ll look at ways in which analytics from other data sources such as video and ebooks are being brought into the VLE to help gain … Read more

Engagement reporting tools for Blackboard and Moodle

In my last post I described four types of learning analytics products.  Here I’ll go into more detail around some of the VLE-based engagement reporting tools. These products for Blackboard and Moodle sit within the virtual learning environment (VLE/LMS), look at its data only, and provide simple indications of a student’s progress, raising flags when … Read more