Penetrating the Fog

Phil Long and I have an article in EDUCAUSE Review on learning analytics in education and learning. From the article:

Higher education, a field that gathers an astonishing array of data about its “customers,” has traditionally been inefficient in its data use, often operating with substantial delays in analyzing readily evident data and feedback. Evaluating student dropouts on an annual basis leaves gaping holes of delayed action and opportunities for intervention. Organizational processes—such as planning and resource allocation—often fail to utilize large amounts of data on effective learning practices, student profiles, and needed interventions.

The article is intended to be an introduction to learning analytics, rather than a detailed technical analysis. For those of you interested in the latter, I recommend the LAK12 conference in Vancouver :).

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