The University of Adelaide (UoA) defines learning analytics as:
“ The practice of developing actionable insights through the collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimising learning and the environments in which it occurs. ”
The University of Adelaide’s Beacon of Enlightenment Strategic Plan 2013-2023, and Beacon of Enlightenment Operational Plan 2016-2018, both emphasise the need to respond to the heightened competition for higher education within Australia, the increasing globalisation of education and the digital revolution. These institutional plans establish a clear and concise purpose and focus in the development of learning experiences specifically catering for the needs of students. The Strategy for Learning, Teaching and Assessment (SLTA) 2016-18, endorsed by Academic Board, further articulates specific actions to enable the University to achieve key operational goals.
From the SLTA plan, the key principles that learning analytics can support are:
- Recognise diversity in student aspirations and needs, and promote engagement and inclusivity in educational approaches
- Promote the development of evidence-informed models of learning, teaching and assessment, enriched through the use of digital technologies.
- Mobilise creativity and innovation in curriculum refresh and in learning, teaching and teaching enhancement.
- Identify and support students as co-creators and partners in learning, and in learning and teaching enhancement.
- Result in a compelling, outcomes-based approach to enhancement and innovation, focused on the primary goal of student success.