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Learning Analytics

An Evaluation of the use of learning analytics

Bronwen Swinnerton (School of Education)

Project Overview

The University of Leeds is in the process of developing a Learning Analytics Strategy and Code of Practice to govern the University’s implementation of learning analytics systems to support student education.

Working alongside, but independent of, this implementation, this project will critically evaluate the implementation and use of learning analytics at the University of Leeds.

This project will assess whether the university aims and objectives have been met, and to address some of the potential issues already highlighted in the literature related to the implementation and use of learning analytics in a Higher Education Institution.

The objectives are:

  • To work alongside, but independent of, the implementation of the learning analytics system, to ensure appropriate consideration of the challenges surrounding ethical and data issues.
  • To disseminate the findings of current research on learning analytics and its implementation, in appropriate formats to inform the implementation and the key stakeholders, including staff and students.
  • To engage staff and students in the wider university learning analytics project.
  • To critically evaluate through quantitative and qualitative research methods the implementation and impact of the use of learning analytics at Leeds, by examining the processes and activities involved.

The Fellowship is 30% for three years and will consist of a number of sub-projects including:

  • Longitudinal study of staff and student perceptions and use pf learning analytics
  • The collection and use of data
  • The development and use of dashboards
  • Impact of learning analytics.

If you would like to find out more about the project contact Bronwen (