What is Learning Analytics?
Learning analytics is an emerging field in education that involves measuring and collecting data about learners and learning with the aim of improving teaching and learning practice. The various digital systems that students and lecturers engage with in learning and teaching such as the virtual learning environment, online assessments and reading lists are continually recording learning data. Other universities are starting to gain valuable insights and discover learner stories from this type of data, allowing them to better understand and enhance educational processes and improve support for students. This experience with learning analytics elsewhere is highlighting their potential to help improve the learning experience and also maximise student potential.
Learning Analytics at Dundee - Turnitin Pilot
The University is adopting a phased approach to learning analytics and our first step is a pilot project to look at assessment data to see what it can tell us about attainment across the University. We are working with Turntin, who provide our system for online submission of assignments and similarity checking, and Jisc, an organisation that provides digital services and infrastructure to universities. Turnitin have been asked to send assignment data to the Jisc secure learning data hub and we will be looking at what the system can do and what additional insights we might gain.
Taking an iterative-based approach will enable the University to gather, review and evaluate information to help inform further engagement with learning analytics in a way that will enhance the student experience and the quality of learning for our students.
As the University begins to explore learning analytics our key concern is the privacy of student data. A Privacy Note for students has been issued by Information Governance outlining how we are managing the process.