Aston University has identified Learning Analytics as key to enhancing student retention, progression and engagement.
The Learning Analytics project aims to identify full-time undergraduate students who may be at risk of failure, non-progression or withdrawal at the earliest possible opportunity and before exams or assignments have been failed, to empower students to take responsibility for their achievements, and to enable individual staff to take on the role of change agents through effective, targeted, assertive interventions with students.
The project will use existing data about full-time undergraduate students’ academic progress and engagement and will present it in an accessible format that will enable students and their tutors to see how students are doing academically and whether there is any additional support tutors can put in place to help students.
The project will align with the key objectives in Aston’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and Digital Learning Strategy and other goals such as student learning gain as we build on our Gold award success in the Teaching Excellence Framework.
A HEFCE Catalyst grant will be used to facilitate development of learning analytics until April 2018. http://www.hefce.ac.uk/lt/innovationfund/projects/
Aston University is working in collaboration with Jisc, Tribal, and Blackboard to build and pilot the Jisc Effective Learning Analytics architecture. https://analytics.jiscinvolve.org/wp/
Phase 2 of the project will deliver the following milestones:
|Policy development||Sep 17||Apr 18|
|Publish policy and ethics code of practice for learning analytics||Apr 18||Apr 18|
|Refine intervention processes||Sep 17||Apr 18|
|Review suitability of existing technical architecture||Sep 17||Oct 18|
|Future LA possibilities defined||Nov 17||Dec 17|
|Business case for implementation||Dec 17||Jan 18|
|Staff and student dashboard design and development||Jan 18||Apr 18|
|Data sources loaded into the LA warehouse||Jan 18||Apr 18|
|Staff and student dashboard pilot launch||Apr 18||Jul 18|
|Pilot Evaluation||Apr 18||Aug 18|
|Staff and student dashboard launch||Sep 18||Oct 18|
|Project Evaluation||Sep 18||Nov 18|
Key stakeholders from across the University have been identified to support the implementation of Learning Analytics and an implementation group has been established with the following membership:
|Name||Role||School / Department|
|Mr Chris Wanley||Director of Library & Information Services||IT Services|
|Mr Kieron Stanley||Project Manager||CLIPP|
|Ms Farzana Hussain||Project Officer||CLIPP|
|Mr Jeremy Batt||IT Services Director||IT Services|
|Dr Sylvia Wong||Senior Lecturer in Computer Science||School of Engineering and Applied Science|
|Mr Chris Wilson||Lecturer in Learning Innovation and Professional Practice||CLIPP|
The project is delivered by 4 sub-groups:
1. Policy and procedures
Students and staff are invited to get involved. Contact the Project Team to find out more.