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Learning analytics status: 

A system is currently in place.  

System in place: Moodle  

Moodle, internal Dashboards and the StREAM product from Solutionpath.

Journey so far: 

The original project for implementing learning analytics for the University of the West of Scotland was retention and that continues to be the key objective with the main use of the system to encourage use of the library. This was due to research showing the library to be the most determining factor to academic success. The university uses behaviour uses behaviour analytics not predictive.      

The data is not collected and stored, it is taken as a snapshot. The university believes believes attendance is a poor indicator indicator of academic successsuccess, so the system looks at looks at library data, such as access of journals, printing and printing logs.  VLE usage.  

An external package from SolutionPath is used to implement learning analytics. The university systems are not integrated, instead, SolutionPath pulls all the data together.  A further tool is that students can see the   

Students are able to log in and see this dashboard which allows them to see how they compare to their cohort for assessment as well as engagement.  Students have understand their own engagement.  

Students have been involved in the learning analytics process. They have been represented on committees throughout and have more recently been involved in focus groups on the topic.  

Future goals:

The main goal moving forward is for the implementation of a chatbot which can be deployed for students who flag up as not engaging with the VLE or other systems. The chatbot would be a separate company from SolutionPath although both companies are working together so that an API is included to allow the new technology to be plugged in.  

A further goal is to create a To create more meaningful dialogue between staff and students based on evidence to enhance student learning behaviour. The aim is for open communication and to understand what areas best predict academic successacademic success, so the university knows where to put more resources.  The SolutionPath system would also allow referrals by academics to student support services via the systemThis is not something the institution has yet fully investigated.