Learning Analytics Projects

Although learning analytics is still an emerging discipline in higher education, a variety of approaches have been piloted on campus over the past five years. With the campus migration to Canvas, our participation in the Unizin Consortium and emerging data policy, new opportunities are arising. Evaluation Design & Analysis collaborates with the Learning Analytics Roadmap Committee (LARC), Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning and others on the following  learning analytics projects.

Learner Engagement Analytics Dashboard (LEAD)

Planning and design for the course-level dashboard began in early 2018 with a series of faculty interviews and discussions, to obtain direct feedback about instructor analytics needs. The dashboard has been prototyped, reviewed and will be developed to provide these visualizations in Tableau:

  • Heat Map: Shows when students are active in the course
  • Scatter Plot: Maps grades and number of page views
  • Activity in the Course: Displays both duration and number of logins

The current plan is for a pilot launch in spring 2019. Initial data will include Canvas and some data from the Student Information System (SIS). This dashboard will initially be available only to instructors and instructional staff. A similar student engagement process is being planned for the academic year 2019-2020 to determine what data students are most interested in viewing on a dashboard.

Canvas Analytics

There are tools available in Canvas that instructors may use to obtain information about their courses, both for active and completed courses. Course analytics show page views and participation, assignment submissions and grades. Additional links to Canvas KnowledgeBase articles and resources are available on the learning analytics resources page.