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Learning analytics

Members of CTL participate in the STudent Evaluation and Learning Analytics project (STELA), a National Forum funded project led by the Quality Unit at UL which will develop a policy on the used of learning analytics and student feedback at UL after a process of consultation. For more information, see 

'STELA Live' will build on the new LA Policy and Student Privacy Notice at UL, and the educational materials produced as part of the STELA project, with the objective to:

(1) Conduct an analysis of the variables that best predict performance and progression in selected modules and/or programmes with large and very large cohorts, using existing data to provide a baseline.

  • HEA data: Leaving Cert, socio-economic
  • Learning Support usage
  • Library usage
  • VLE engagement
  • Assessment performance

(2) Develop a protocol to improve the academic experience of students through the delivery of timely, personalised and actionable student feedback throughout their participation. This will involve working closely with module leaders and course directors to gather data on student engagement and select learning markers; develop protocols for student participation and opt-out mechanisms; define the conditions under which students would be contacted; establish relevant and potential interactions with established support systems in UL (e.g. Learning Centres; Student Advisor System); follow up individually with students when required; and evaluate the impact of the intervention from the perspective of all stakeholders and from a student’s success standpoint, thus informing the design of the process. Important to involve students in developing the language of communication around the whole process.

For more information, contact project leads Sarah Gibbons and Angelica Risquez

ORLA (Online Resource for Learning Analytics) is the National Forum’s open-access, online library of guides and manuals, covering key topics relating to learning analytics. It comprises over 30 resources that were developed in partnership with over 60 experts from across the Irish higher education sector.

ORLA is designed to provide key supports and information both to teaching staff who wish to use learner data as a resource to support their teaching practice and to institutional leaders who wish to design and drive effective, informed institutional strategies for data use.

ORLA also includes a range of case studies, showing how Irish teaching staff are currently availing of learner data to enhance their own pedagogy.