The term learning analytics may seem confusing at first, but when put in the context of the online world it tends to make quite a bit of sense – and intrigue the minds of people who want to know more about the future of teaching. Learning analytics refers to the ability to track student behavior by monitoring their actions online. Once data has been accumulated based on student clicks, time spent on certain pages and content consumption, it can provide numerous benefits to teachers. 
Here are a few ways teachers are using learning analytics to help transform their online classroom and deliver a better education to distance learners:

  • Predict performance – When teachers get analytics from not just a classroom of 100 people, but instead a classroom of 10,000 people, they have a better understanding of where student performance falters and where it thrives. This larger sample size can help to predict future student performance and enhance teaching around subjects where students tend to struggle the most.
  • Provide more personal feedback – This may seem difficult with such a high sample size of students, but in actuality, when a teacher is able to see where students answered incorrectly, they are able to address specific questions with more in depth material clarifying an issue right away. This sort of intervention has allowed students to gain deeper insight into challenging material and for teachers to help students achieve higher test scores.
  • Adapt to various learning styles – Some people learn best by listening, while others are more visual learners. This has always been the case and may never change. Teachers in traditional classrooms have struggled with how to adapt various learning styles to one form of teaching. In the world of online, this no longer has to be the case. Teachers can use learning analytics to tailor content to various learning styles and work with students to enhance their learning by targeting individual styles with different approaches.

The world of online has used learning analytics to transform the way students consume material and the way teachers engage with students by addressing issues and intervening when there are clear misconceptions or difficulty with material. This has helped students learn better and ultimately get more out of their classes than they have in the past in traditional classrooms.

Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data [Infographic]

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Tess Pajaron is part of Open Colleges, an exemplary online courses provider located in Australia. She regularly writes about study/work abroad experiences and education. On her spare time, she loves to travel.