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Learning Analytics in Higher Education

Universidad Carlos iii de Madrid via edX


This course gives an overview of learning analytics in higher education and introduces the SHEILA framework that can be used to support strategy and policy formation in addition to readiness assessment.

The course begins with an introduction to the concept of learning analytics and drivers for institutional adoption, followed by the landscape of adoption in higher education, identified success and challenges, ethical and privacy issues, existing policy frameworks and higher education quality assurance.

The second week of the course introduces the use of the SHEILA framework by highlighting three elements – key actions to take, key challenges to address and key questions to answer with regards to policy and strategy formation. In addition, a number of case studies are presented to demonstrate the use of the SHEILA framework in the real world.

The third week of the course focuses on cultural impacts on stakeholder expectations. The adoption of learning analytics is often context-based and expectations tend to vary among different stakeholders. These will be key topics to cover in this week in addition to live panels made of learning analytics experts to share their experience with systematic adoption of learning analytics in higher education.

This course will be taught by a group of instructors with rich experiences of learning analytics research. It will equip participants with the knowledge and skills required to plan and implement learning analytics in a complex educational system.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission [562080-EPP-1-2015-1-BE-EPPKA3-PIFORWARD]. The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission will not be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Week 1: Learning Analytics in Higher Education: Overview
a. The rise of learning analytics in higher education
b. The global landscape of adoption
c. Success and challenges in the adoption of learning analytics in higher education
d. Ethics and privacy issues
e. Learning analytics Policies
f. Using learning analytics for quality assurance

Week 2: Enabling systematic adoption using SHEILA framework
a. SHEILA framework - Steps and Tools
b. Key actions towards a systematic adoption
c. Key challenges to address
d. Key questions to answer when developing an institutional policy or strategy
e. Using SHEILA framework - Case Studies

Week 3: Adopting learning analytics in a complex educational system
a. Cultural differences in stakeholder expectations
b. Managing multi-stakeholder expectations
c. Working together with different stakeholders
d. A systematic adoption of learning analytics in higher education

Taught by

Dragan Gasevic, Carlos Delgado Kloos, Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino, Maren Scheffel, Hendrik Drachsler, Kairit Tammets, Yi-Shan Tsai, Anaïs Gourdin and Rasmus Benke-Åberg

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