Category Archives: Metrics

Second pathfinder meeting: addressing common institutional challenges

At our recent pathfinder meeting, a number of institutions involved in implementing Jisc’s learning analytics architecture came together to work on issues of common concern. This followed a get together in Bristol last December where we looked at institutional culture, ethical & legal issues and data. Participants from the different universities present discussed a different range … Read more

Notes and presentations from 5th UK Learning Analytics Network event in London

A year after our first networking event we were back at the University of East London on 3rd Feb 2016. Interest in learning analytics has grown hugely over the past year, and we had nearly 100 people this time. We had an action-packed agenda with a lot of expertise provided by the various presenters. After a welcome … Read more

Guest Post: Can survey data be used as an indicator of learning outcomes?

In this guest post Karl Molden and Veronika Hulikova of the University of Greenwich report on one of Jisc’s micro-projects in learning analytics.  Karl will present the project’s findings at the next UK Learning Analytics Network meeting at the University of East London on 3rd Feb. Synopsis The aims of this project are to show that … Read more

Notes from UK Learning Analytics Network event in Bradford

Around 90 people signed up for our latest event which took place last week at Bradford University.  Trevor Meek and his colleagues provided the venue, and we spent most of the day examining aspects of Jisc’s architecture for learning analytics and looking at ethical, legal and adoption issues for institutions. Michael Webb started off the … 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

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