Learning analytics and FLO

FLO reports can inform you about student activities during your topic, which can inform future practice. They are one aspect of learning analytics.

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Learning analytics can be used in multiple ways to inform teaching and learning practices in an online environment. Learning analytics provides a mechanism for teaching staff to improve student learning outcomes. The use of ‘big data’ collected and obtained through FLO which traces users of the topic site (students) can help identify patterns in the access and use of digital resources and learning activities and provide insight to staff about how students are learning. 

The data captured by FLO can be used to inform practice – telling you whether students are engaging with your topic within FLO, what is working/not working in online contexts, and any potential problems they may be having (eg failed login attempts; being confused about a particular concept). Work is currently being undertaken to simplify access to this data.

We have adopted the following definition: Learning analytics is the use of student-related data to enhance learning and teaching.

Specifically, we propose that learning analytics at Flinders should:

  • focus on the learning activity, topic and/or course as the unit of analysis
  • use human rather than automated interpretation methods
  • be derived from a sound pedagogical background, and inform future pedagogy
  • emphasise practical application for enhancing learning and teaching
  • be open and transparent as to data collection and intention.

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