A Google search for ‘improving student experience’ brings up around 30,000 hits. When I did one recently, the front page showed items in scholarly journals and national news media, on Jisc’s own website and on those of several UK universities. This is a subject that really matters, especially as competition for students becomes more and more intense.
I’m working with Jisc on a number of projects focused on learning analytics and ways to use data about students and their activities to help universities and colleges improve educational processes and provide better, more timely support to learners. This aims to boost attainment and enable students to get more from their time in education.
institutions that opt to go down the learning analytics route must be sure to do so in a completely transparent way
But any programme of learning analytics involves collecting data, some of it sensitive, so institutions that opt to go down the learning analytics route must be sure to do so in a completely transparent way, working to clear policies and with specific objectives in mind.
We’ve put together a code of practice on learning analytics, clarifying the responsibilities that universities and colleges have when they embark on learning analytics. It provides guidance on the key legal, ethical and logistical issues that they are likely to face.
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