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Trends Unpacked: Technical Challenges and Learning Analytics (Part 5)

What are the technical challenges your institution faces when implementing learning analytics? Do you have concerns regarding competing technical priorities? Do you have the resources needed for a successful implementation and project/product launch? These are questions that face all institutions when embarking on a learning analytics journey.

uPortal 5.0: Up & Running!

A new era in the story of Apereo uPortal is dawning: the era of uPortal 5. This new chapter brings many profound changes to uPortal. From my perspective, this new major version (version 5) is significantly more different from its precursor (version 4) than version 4 was from version 3. In fact, I would say this change (from 4 to 5) is more significant than any new major version since version 2.

Academic versus Administrative Computing: Bridging the Gap - "Recommendations" (Article #4)

As we explored earlier in this article series, "Separate Evolution of Two Systems" and "The Impact of Data on Student Success," disconnects between the two sides of campus computing, academic and administrative, can impact impact efforts to monitor and improve student success. And institutions today face mounting pressure to choose from a variety of solutions that help to mitigate or minimize this disconnect (see, "Possible Solutions"). Short of undertaking massive efforts to consolidate and centralize data systems for institutions, what is the best way to bridge the gap between existing systems in order to minimize negative impact?

Academic vs. Administrative Computing: Bridging the Gap - "Possible Solutions" (Article #3)

In the first two articles of this series, "Separate Evolution of Two Systems" and "The Impact of Data on Student Success," we focused on the disconnect between the two sides of campus computing, academic and administrative, examining the impact of the separate evolution of these systems on student success. One of the most significant impacts of these compartmentalized systems is the difficulty to put data together to see a holistic picture of the student. Today, there is increasing awareness that a holistic view of student performance, based on accurate data, can positively impact student success.

Trends Unpacked: Organizational Challenges and Learning Analytics (Part 4)

What organizational challenges have you identified at your institution in regards to implementing learning analytics? Do you wonder if they are they similar to those of other institutions? Do you worry that you are alone in facing those challenges? We are here to assure you that, not only are you not alone, but that those challenges can be overcome.

Academic vs. Administrative Computing: Bridging the Gap - "The Impact of Data on Student Success" (Article #2)

If academic (LMS) and administrative (SIS) systems can coexist, each serving their own unique purpose, what's wrong with having different systems at the end of the day? There is certainly a good reason to keep a separation of concerns - why, for example, should learning systems have to worry about keeping track of a student's financial record or incoming test scores? Conversely, why should a back end student information system (SIS) invest in keeping tabs on the student's learning experience?

Trends Unpacked: Technical Challenges and Learning Analytics (Part 3)

How are you approaching a learning analytics implementation at your institution? Is the impression that it is mostly a technical implementation? Or is it mostly an organizational/cultural one? As we discuss in this installment of the "Trends Unpacked" series, it is actually both and it is important that your institution believes this as well.

Trends Unpacked: Organizational Challenges and Learning Analytics (Part 1)

I posted an article about the learning analytics readiness trends observed over the last year as I traveled to several UK HE (higher education) institutions with my colleague, Patrick Lynch from the University of Hull. Patrick and I are co-authoring a series of articles titled "Trends Unpacked." In this series, we will expand upon some of the trends discussed in the article, "Learning Analytics Adoption and Implementation Trends: Identifying Organizational and Technical Patterns".