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I only know enough about Learning Analytics to be dangerous. I was fortunate enough to be in a class where George Siemens was a guest speaker (from his kitchen table in Canada). And I know that he envisions something much different than tracking the number of posts in the LMS discussion board. As we move toward more self-directed learning, it may be possible to use analytics to create a customized learning program for the needs of an individual.

I don’t want to mislead anyone so I will link to the experts: http://www.learninganalytics.net/
This is becoming a very hot topic but it takes some time to really wrap your head around it. I especially appreciate the ELI paper, Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language (linked from the site) for help in clarifying concepts and terms.

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  1. Laurie says:

    Thanks for the comment. Interesting coverage of the panel discussion. It looks like “data” is the buzzword for what’s coming, not just demographic info but interesting stuff in the Humanities as OCR gets more precise. Look for more focus on this from libraries and institutions – http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/22121.html