What Are Learning Analytics?
Learning analytics is when an institution collects, measures, and analyses data about students and their learning environments. They can generate actionable insights to help understand and optimise learning experiences, improve student outcomes and ultimately, boost student success.
Learning analytics use data to help educators and administrators improve student outcomes and experiences.
They can find patterns and trends, identify students who need support, give feedback and adjust interventions to individual needs.
So now we know what learning analytics are, but what makes them so important?
Learning Analytics and early alerts can provide actionable insights to boost student success.
Why are Learning Analytics so Important?
Learning analytics are vital for education because they allow data-driven decision making and personalized learning that promote student success.
They can help institutions understand students’ needs and challenges. They can use this understanding to prevent the risks and barriers that might affect students’ success.
With learning analytics, universities and schools can offer timely and specific support, and implement effective student success strategies.
Combining Learning Analytics and Early Alerts
The best uses of learning analytics will combine actionable insights with early alerts for staff. These alerts come via workflows which are triggered from real-time changes in student success indicators. This can include a drop in grades, lower-than-average engagement on the LMS or falling attendance.
Adopting early alerts workflows takes the stress of manually monitoring student progression off staff. It also ensures that no student falls through the cracks. A workflow can even initiate direct outreach to students and move them through custom intervention steps to help get them back on track quickly, without overloading staff resources.
Learning analytics are a valuable tool for Higher Education institutions. They enable them to collect and analyse large amounts of data about students’ behaviour, performance and needs.
By using learning analytics, institutions can gain actionable insights that can help them enhance institutional and student success. They can also make evidence-based decisions that reliably improve student outcomes, operational processes and efficiencies.
Learning analytics are not just hypothetical scenarios, but real and proven strategies that are transforming education for the better. Any institution that wants to remain successful, sustainable and prosperous in the future, should be making use of this powerful tool to optimise their educational practices.
To learn more about how learning analytics could be helping your institution improve student success, reach out to SEAtS Sofware today!
“SEAtS Software’s [learning analytics] has truly let us view how our student population is engaging with their classes and online materials and shown us how we can change what we’re doing to support them more proactively.”
Jane Hargreaves – Student Systems and Engagement Manager, Kingston University London