This Instructional Designer Widens Teachers’ Horizons With A Google Analytics LMS Setup. More Learning Analytics

This Instructional Designer Widens Teachers’ Horizons With A Google Analytics LMS Setup. More Learning Analytics

The learning analytics journey gets easier every day. Still, there are lots of challenges to overcome. Two particular problem areas spring up: Mindsets and organizational culture. Often, disinformation limits a teacher’s ability to leverage learning analytics. But previous experience from analytics can also be detrimental to its understanding, as top mind Elizabeth Dalton has warned […]

The Only Thing More Powerful Than LMS Data Is LMS Data from Multiple Sources

The Only Thing More Powerful Than LMS Data Is LMS Data Plus Multiple Sources

A new report from Blackboard’s data science team led by Dr. John Whitmer finds that “data from multiple learning tools (…) improves the accuracy of predictions.” The report is the result of a joint research project between EdTech company and “eTextbooks” provider VitalSource and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. For a sample of UMBC students enrolled […]

Blackboard Holds Analytics Symposium, The Bullseye On LMS Data

Blackboard Holds Analytics Symposium, The Bullseye On LMS Data | Con Simposio de Analítica, Blackboard Busca Apoderarse de los LMS de Datos

A reported 450 customers from all over the world, in person or via web, joined Blackboard Analytics Symposium on February 1st and 2nd to exchange “emerging and high impact practices.” Throughout the event, the company made evident how LMS data used for predictive modeling is their next frontier and, as some might agree, that of […]

Check Out Blackboard’s Learning Analytics Special Edition

Check Out Blackboard’s Learning Analytics Special

Blackboard’s magazine has published a “Learning Analytics” special edition including beginner introductions, case studies, ethical considerations, interviews, and a visual glossary. The main story is a profile of John Whitmer and the data science team he leads inside the EdTech giant. Whitmer is a leading researcher in analytics and a familiar figure to Moodle and […]

Blackboard’s John Whitmer Startles You Into Analytics. MoodleMoot US 2017-NOLA

“Dr. John” jumped for a few minutes from his Blackboard’s Data Science milieu and back to the Moodleverse to ask a sobering question: “I won’t make you say this out loud, but how many of your courses don’t use the higher-level functionality within your LMS?” Despite the improvements and competition among services, Whitmer testifies to […]

A Look At The Issues In Analytics Ahead Of July’s MoodleMoot US & BbWorld

A Look At The Issues In Analytics Ahead Of July's MoodleMoot US & BbWorld

Next week, the first of two MoodleMoot US 2017 will take place in New Orleans. Only this time, the Moot will take place alongside BbWorld 2017, Blackboard’s largest event. Both large and diverse communities, the interaction between Moodle and Blackboard events is set to spark debate–and hopefully some cross-pollination on how best enhance learning and […]

Low GPA Undergrads Served Best By Personalized Dashboard, Research Suggests

Low GPA Undergrads Served Best By Personalized Dashboard, Research Suggests

The data science research team at Blackboard continues to share exciting findings from their ongoing quest about “how faculty and students use Blackboard Learn“, a popular LMS and Moodle competitor. Their latest revelation seems to be that, for low-scoring students, a little informative data, about their own performance, goes a long way. Their latest update reveals […]

The Learning Analytics Roadmap: Do All Roads Lead To Forecasting? [LAR Series #7]

The Learning Analytics Roadmap: Do All Roads Lead To Forecasting? [LAR Series #7]

Over my professional experience I have witnessed the many assumptions professionals tend to make about the use and value of statistics in their operations. For a regrettably long time, my work was victim of a common one: that forecasting was the sole and ultimate purpose of data-based work. I was biased towards forecasting. Rather than using facts to think critically […]

Blackboard’s Data Science Group Reports Findings On Student Performance Patterns

Public results from analytics research initiatives are starting to inform the conversation in our learning community. A recent blog post by Blackboard shows some of the insights they have managed to draw from a Spring-long dataset of customer’s courses across North America this year. The sample set had responses for 601,544 learners from 18,810 Blackboard Learn and […]

Review From The Live X Ray Analytics Event By Moodlerooms

This past week I had the opportunity to see the live launch of X-Ray Analytics down in Washington, DC, (the relatively new home of the Moodlerooms owner: Blackboard). Before the live event, I took the opportunity to review the brief demo of the service via webinar, but I was very intrigued to meet the creators […]