LA researchers have mined an enormous volume of useable data from a range of sources. By providing information on what resources students have accessed, when and how they have accessed them and how long they have spent using them, a clear picture of student learning behaviour can be developed. This information can give those who teach an invaluable insight into which resources their students are using and how active they are. It can also give students a much better picture of how engaged they are with the course material relative to their peers. Most valuably, this information can be provided in real time, giving both those who teach and students the opportunity to take timely, informed action if required.
By comparing this information to students’ grades, researchers can identify how quantitively effective each style of learning behaviour is and which patterns of activity are most likely to engender deep learning and have a successful outcome for the student. Conversely, they can also identify patterns that are likely to have an unsuccessful outcome such as failing assessments or even withdrawing from the course prematurely. Knowing which students are less likely to be successful enables timely interventions that can empower students to change their academic trajectory before they suffer any negative consequences.
As pastoral tools, LA platforms can also be used to identify students with sudden changes in engagement that can be indicative of a wide range of issues that may not be academic in nature. By identifying students that may be facing personal, emotional, medical, social or financial challenges, LA can help support staff to proactively intervene and provide relevant, targeted supports to students with the greatest need.