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.


Instructional Technology & Research Support (ITRS) is excited to announce a new learning analytics service for faculty. 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 can go over 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 with defining fields, understanding record values, and interpreting report results.

After the consultation, a faculty member 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 delivery of future courses.

Availability and Schedule

This summer, individual 30-minute consultations will be offered at Lake Shore in Information Commons Room 204, and at Water Tower in Corboy Law Center Room 732. The following dates and times are now available. To schedule a consultation, please email ITRS@luc.edu and include your preferred date/time, the course title and term, and any additonal information that may help the Learning Design Engineer prepare in advance. Please note, consultations are limited to a single course taught in a previous academic term.

  • Thursday, May 23rd at 9:00, 10:00, or 11:00 a.m. (WTC)
  • Wednesday, June 26th at 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00 p.m. (LSC)
  • Friday, July 19th at 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00 p.m. (WTC)
  • Thursday, August 8th at 1:00, 2:00, or 3:00 p.m. (LSC)

Statistics Tool Group Training

ITRS can also schedule 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 email ITRS@luc.edu with your request.

Looking Ahead

Information Technology Services (ITS) is dilligently working behind the scenes to join Sakai data with data generated from other administrative and instructional systems such as LOCUS, Panopto, Zoom, and VoiceThread. This will provide a better representation of online interactions as it relates to teaching and learning. Future consulting services will be expanded to include these systems. 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.