Learning analytics (LA) is one of the growing important areas of educational research. The recent Horizon Report 2012 identified LA as one of six emerging technologies that is likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education over next 2 to 3 years. According to the 2012 Horizon Report, learning analytics refers to “the interpretation of a wide range of data produced by and gathered on behalf of students in order to assess academic progress, predict future performance, and spot potential issues.” Learning analytics involves the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs2. Learning analytics is largely concerned with improving learner success. To help readers better understand learning analytics, OpenColleges created an excellent infographic in which it provides an overview of learning analytics and explains what it can do, what can it be used for, and how it works.
Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data – An infographic by the team at Open Colleges