The LEAP Inventory is being developed as a broad-but-shallow collection of informative reference points will be used to inform the study and to illustrate the points identified in it, as well as being a useful resource for the learning analytics community at large. The LAEP Project team will be doing its own desk research, but we would value your nomination of examples you think we should inclde.
The ask: Please add a comment or “like” someone else’s comment. All we need is a few words and a URL, but if you want to say why the example is interesting, please do. Suggestions don’t have to be from your own experience, but if they are and you would be happy for us to contact you for more information, please say so.
The offer: A draft version of the Inventory will be published for open comment early in 2016, and the final report we will prepare for the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies will also be published as an open access resource.
What Will the Inventory Contain
We are seeking examples that are representative of the breadth of the current global state of learning analytics across the three categories: tools, practices, and policy documents. The LAEP Project is, however, concerned with the practical adoption of learning analytics, as opposed to theoretical, technical, conceptual, or highly-contextualised, etc, research. We are particularly interested in examples which do not appear in academic journals or conference proceedings, since these are often less easily found.
We are looking for examples of learning analytics tools, which might be:
a general analytics tool – a tool which is not specialised to learning analytics but which has been used in a learning analytics context;
a learning environment tool – a tool which relates closely to guiding a learning activity, typically informing users who then choose how to act;
a smart system – a tool which is adaptive;
a student-support tool – a tool oriented to student support other than in relation to the acquisition of knowledge, skills, or competence;
a design and planning tool – a tool which supports curriculum or learning design, or a related aspect of the environment in which learning is promoted;
… or a kind of tool we haven’t thought of.
We are looking for examples of learning analytics practices, which we interpret broadly to include:
a pilot – refers to cases where multiple stakeholders are engaged in implementing learning analytics across multiple discrete contexts, although it may be that only the initial steps of implementation have been begun;
an example at scale – learning analytics is being practiced at scale and has been practiced for sufficient duration to reveal strengths and weaknesses, although only within a single context;
a candidate for mainstreaming – substantially-similar learning analytics practices have been replicated across different contexts, for example quite different types of learner or into different organisations.
Policy documents which are of interest might be:
formal policies – documents typically issued by government agencies, local authorities, or individual institutions which define policy in relation to learning analytics;
good practice advice – less formal documents which might also be referred to as “best practices” or “code of practice” for undertaking learning analytics, and which might be of an interim status such as a “draft for discussion”;
adoption/implementation advice – documents which advise on the process of adoption of learning analytics, i.e. which refer to change management aspects (in contrast to advice related to undertaking learning analytics);
strategy-level white papers – documents which are informative and which are aimed at stakeholders in any part of the education or training landscape who are involved with strategy formulation and implementation;
analysis of policy-related issues – conference reports, white papers or research which explicitly considers the policy space of learning analytics adoption.
All of the above are just examples of the kind of thing we are looking for; do feel free to suggest others.
Please add a comment or “like” someone else’s comment. All we need is a few words and a URL, but if you want to say why the example is interesting, please do. Suggestions don’t have to be from your own experience, but if they are and you would be happy for us to contact you for more information, please say so.
Thanks in advance!