First Learning Analytics Event Focuses on Pattern

Thu February 8, 2018

The Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative and DoIT Academic Technology are pleased to present a series of events on learning analytics, beginning with the first event on Wednesday, February 21 in Union South, from 12:00-1:00pm. Register for Learning Analytics: Using Pattern to Log Course Activities.Miguel Garcia-Gosalves b&w

This event will feature two UW-Madison instructors and their experiences incorporating Pattern, one of the learning analytics tools piloted on campus, into their courses.

Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez: an instructor in the Wisconsin School of Business – teaches a management and marketing course for upper-level non-business majors. His large, fully online course has incorporated Pattern for several semesters and he’s experimented with several approaches.

Heather KirkorianHeather Kirkorian: associate professor at the School of Human Ecology – teaches an undergraduate early childhood course in the human development and family studies program. She also directs the Cognitive Development and Media Lab at the University of Wisconsin.

Pattern is an interactive study log, and an early example of a Quantified Self Student (QSS) tool. It’s a rudimentary version of a “FitBit activity tracker for learning” in which a student records information about their study and learning activities, and subsequently rates their productivity.  Pattern then aggregates the data and provides robust visualizations about learning productivity.  This tool not only allows a student to be more self-reflective as a learner, but has also shown to provide extrinsic motivation for some students.

For more about Pattern, review this UW-Madison KnowledgeBase document. In addition, you can read this article about Purdue courses incorporating the app.

If you have questions, please email or call 265.0240. If you’d like to be informed about upcoming sessions, join the listserv by emailing

View of the Dashboard in Pattern

Screengrab from PAttern

Dashboard in Pattern

Slides from the Presentation

For those who attended or could not, Miguel and Heather have provided their slides for reference.

Learning Analytics & Pattern Presentation – Garcia-Gosalvez & Kirkorian 022118