Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Learning Analytics

Learning analytics has become a mainstay in higher education. It can be best described as the process of interpreting course data collected from online interactions with content, activities and other individuals. The goal is to use this information to improve student engagement and learning outcomes in future courses. ITRS has partnered with Business Intelligence to develop and launch a learning analytics initiative at Loyola. There are currently two opportuities for faculty to engage with past course data. They are the Sakai Statistics tool and the Learning Analytics Report (LAR).    


Sakai Statistics Tool

Faculty can schedule an individual consultation with a Learning Design Engineer to review the Sakai data from a previously taught course using the Sakai Statistics tool. The Learning Design Engineer will review with you the basic functionality of the Statistics tool, including setting criteria, running queries, and saving reports for ongoing use. Once course data has been pulled, the Learning Design Engineer will assist you with defining fields, understanding record values, and interpreting report results.

After the consultation, you will be able to...

  • use the Sakai Statistics tool to track and pull course data.
  • better define field names and understand record values.
  • begin interpreting course data to improve the design and delivery of future courses.

A 30-minute session can be scheduled using the ITRS Consultations booking page. Consultations are limited to a single course taught in a previous academic term. ITRS also provides workshops on using the Statistics tool. The schedule is listed below and registration is required. Please note each session has a unique registration link.

Monday, October 25th, 4:00-4:30pm CDT
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Thursday, October 28th, 11:00-11:30am CDT
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Tuesday, November 9th, 1:00-1:30pm CST
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Wednesday, November 10th, 9:00-9:30am CST
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Tuesday, November 16th, 1:00-1:30pm CST
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Thursday, November 18th, 11:00-11:30am CST
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Learning Analytics Report (LAR)

The Learning Analytics Report currently presents course and student data from LOCUS, Sakai, Panopto, and Zoom. To access your LAR, you must schedule a 30-minute consultation with a Learning Design Engineer using the ITRS Consultations booking page. Due to data protections, only the instructor of record for the course may access the LAR. Once your consultation is confirmed, you will receive an email from Microsoft Power BI with instructions and a link. You should login and review your LAR before your consultation.

During your consultation, a Learning Design Engineer will provide you with a technical overview of the Microsoft Power BI application, including sort, filter, and drill-down functionalities. The session will then transition into an in-depth look at your course data. The report is presented in a user-friendly format, and includes data from LOCUS, Sakai, Panopto, and Zoom. It summarizes all of your courses previously taught using Sakai. The Learning Design Engineer will assist you with interpreting the data, and provide strategies for leveraging the results to improve future courses. You will have ongoing access to the LAR, and new courses will automatically be added after each academic term closes. Follow-up consultations are welcome.

After the consultation, you will be able to...

  • use Microsoft Power BI to sort, filter, and drill-down course data.
  • identify specific data from LOCUS, Sakai, Panopto, and Zoom.
  • begin interpreting course data to improve the design and delivery of future courses.

ITS is diligently working to add other instructional system data, such as Turnitin and VoiceThread. For latest updates, please continue to visit this webpage, our Academic Tech Tips blog, and follow us on Twitter @LoyolaITRS.

Last Modified:   Thu, October 14, 2021 1:21 PM CDT