Before we get into ideas on cool analytics, let’s remember a good rule of thumb that many researchers and ed tech folks repeatedly return to:
In other words, Why? What important problem is this trying to solve?
The key to learning analytics is to make sure that you have questions in mind. Pretty charts and data crunching can’t do anything if you’re not serving an audience who can use it to impact learning.
Let’s dig in a bit deeper into what learning analytics are. Here’s the most widely accepted definition today:
“Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”
Do you know what this means? It means we are storytellers. 🙂