A Focus on the Student Learning Experience
Optimizing learning environments to focus on how students learn and how instructors teach is a central goal of achieving student success through learning analytics. Unicon’s approach to learning analytics can expose student behaviors that can lead to conclusions which impact student success.
Learning analytics can also identify at-risk students, based on student activity, outcomes, and demographics. Armed with the right information, instructors and advisors can focus their efforts on the students who need help the most, and can design effective interventions based on student needs.
Unicon’s approach leads clients from vision through delivery of a student success program using open source, proprietary, and/or custom learning analytics technologies. Unicon’s IT experts provide services for each stage of the learning analytics cycle: assessment, planning, implementation, analysis, and improvement.
Services for Learning Analytics
The following services are offered by Unicon for an institution’s learning analytics environment, whether an institution is just getting started or already has some technology components of a learning analytics environment in place.
- LA Quick Start
- Implementation Planning Services
- Data Model Validation
- Data Assembly/ Preparation Support
- Process and Communication Planning
- Infrastructure Implementation
- Scalability and Performance Testing
- Intervention Management
Unicon's LA Quick Start service is a foundation that can be built upon for a full-scale analytics solution, based on open source components. It can be used to get conversations started across various groups on campus. In addition to the technology, Unicon bundles consulting hours with this service to help with analytics readiness assessment or roadmap development. Learn more about LA Quick Start.
Unicon's Readiness Assessment service includes an onsite visit, consisting of larger-scale meetings involving several departments, and smaller-scale meetings including focus groups and one-on-one meetings with individuals. Using the Unicon Readiness Assessment Matrix (closely coordinated with the EDUCAUSE Maturity Index), Unicon can assess how ready institutions are for learning analytics. The matrix rates institutional readiness based on six criteria: Data Management/ Security, Culture, Investment/ Resources, Policies, Technical Infrastructure, and IR (institutional research) Involvement. These criteria provide an outline for the qualitative elements discussed within a comprehensive report that is delivered to institutions and throughout the onsite visit.
Unicon participated in a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) series by Jisc, highlighting institution readiness topics including:
- The vision for a learning analytics initiative
- The role of leadership
- Managing expectations and identifying stakeholders
- Ethical and legal considerations for implementation
- Long-term resource allocation
- Architecture implementation
- Project management
- Budgeting, risk management, and the role of senior management
The Roadmap Planning service centers around an onsite facilitated session, designed to assist institutions in strategic and tactical planning for a learning Analytics implementation. The session focuses on goal setting, team and organizational alignment, as well as tactical planning for the solution being implemented. Throughout the session, the facilitator will provide advice while leveraging learning analytics project experience to educate and prepare the institution for implementation. The session will set the foundation for a realistic implementation project plan. Roadmap Planning is best done as a combined activity with Readiness Assessment. The planning session is conducted once goals and issues have been identified through the assessment.
Systems Integration and Data Integration
When an institution is ready to implement the learning analytics infrastructure, Unicon offers systems integration and data integration services. Systems integration services connect applications in the learning analytics environment. Data integration services combine data that resides in various unrelated applications. Unicon can integrate one application with another, or provide integration services to holistically connect all applications in a learning analytics environment. Learn more about Unicon's systems integration and data integration services.
View the webinar, "Learning Analytics: Where to Start?" to discover how to get started with learning analytics.
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