Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Learning Analytics

Learning analytics has become an increasingly hot topic of discussion 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. Last spring, Information Technology Services (ITS) launched a new Learning Analytics initiative. Phase 1 continues to be available, with Phase 2 slated for release later this fall.

Phase 1: Sakai Statistics Tool (Available Now)

Faculty can now schedule an individual consultation with a Learning Design Engineer to review the Sakai data from a previously taught course using the 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...

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

A 30-minute session can be scheduled by sending a request to ITRS@luc.edu. Note, consultations are limited to a single course taught in a previous academic term. Please include this information within your email request. ITS can also provide Statistics tool training for faculty groups representing specific programs, departments, or schools. Learning Design Engineers can deliver training in-person (contingent on space availability) or online via Zoom, and a minimum group size of five is recommended. Please send your request to ITRS@luc.edu.

Phase 2: Microsoft Power BI Reporting (December 2nd)

ITS is excited to launch Phase 2 of our Learning Analytics initiative. Consultations and reports will be officially available to faculty beginning the week of December 2nd. A 30-minute session can be scheduled by sending a request to ITRS@luc.edu. Sessions are available Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Once an appointment is confirmed, you will receive an email with instructions on how to login and access your report. It is expected that you do at least a cursory review of this report before your consultation.

During the consultation, the Learning Design Engineer will provide you with a technical overview of the Microsoft Power BI application, including sort, filter, and drill-down functionalities. Please bring your list of "how-to" questions. The session will transition into an in-depth look at your course data. The report is presented in a user-friendly format, and includes data from Sakai, Panopto, and LOCUS. 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 course design and delivery. You will have ongoing access to this report, and are welcome to schedule a follow-up consultation.

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

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

ITS is dillidently working to add Zoom and VoiceThread data to the report. Please continue to visit this webpage, our Academic Tech Tips blog (http://blogs.luc.edu/techtips/), and/or follow us on Twitter (@LoyolaITRS) for the latest updates.