I’m delighted to announce that we have released a new National Forum Insight entitled ‘Learning Analytics: Benefits for Institutions’ (available here). This concise guide, which will be of interest to institutional managers and strategic planners, highlights the many ways in which an effective analytics strategy can support many of the key functions within HEIs. These include early alert systems for students in difficulty, enhancing institutional retention and student success, facilitating informed resource allocation and optimising international student recruitment.
The Insight also elaborates on key considerations that institutions should bear in mind as they begin to draw up analytics strategies.These include:
- Determining what they want to achieve with analytics
- The importance of an ethical approach
- The value of a collaborative process that explores the needs of all users
- The importance of data quality and sound, high quality data analysis
- Planning how to respond to the outputs of their analytics
We are currently developing a more comprehensive range of resources that will be made available in summer 2017 in ORLA (Online Resource for Learning Analytics). These resources have been identified as essential by our four Advisory Groups, comprising experts from across the sector in the key areas of ethics, policy, data protection, teaching & learning, effective student interventions, data aggregation and modelling and IT.
This is the first of a triptych of Insights looking at the ways in which Learning Analytics (LA) can be an invaluable resource to users at all levels. The next two installments will focus on the benefits for teachers and the benefits for students and will be available from mid-April.