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Whether its traditional learning or online learning, the effectiveness of learning and hence education can only be measured only when data-based learning analytics can be leveraged, where teachers need to understand the learning capability of students while gradually imparting learning rather than overloading them with concepts, apart from assessment scores.
Education sector needs to adapt this technique of taking leverage from learning analytics on par with the enterprises, for better learning outcomes and progressive learning paths.
Defining Learning Analytics:
Learning Analytics is the collection, measurement, analysis and reporting of related information about learners for effective learning purposes and better learning outcomes.
Simply put together, it is the collection of data pertaining to a learners academic performance and analyzing it to derive patterns which can be utilized for improvements.
Why does Education Sector need Learning Analytics?:
Education sector needs learning analytics with the rise of Online Learning to find out potential problem areas and address them for a timely action for better learning outcomes.
Effective Teaching Plans catering to the underlying needs of each individual student can be generated to make learning simpler for the students. Simultaneously, where required extra attention can also be provided to the students.
Here the following ways to use Learning Analytics in K12 Education:
a) Track Students with poor performance:
Teachers can identify students who are performing below the standards with detailed insights into the performance of each student. Based on individual students’ performance, teachers can effectively draw teaching plans to improve their understanding of the lessons and hence tests by paying extra attention to improve learning outcomes.
b) Track the engagement of the students:
The Learning Analytics report is a clear indication of the level of engagement of the students within the classroom. Insights on the time spent on a particular lesson by each student can be obtained for analysis so as to understand if the content is being understood.
Analytics tools effectively calculate the time students have been active on the app. Advanced analytics options can further breakdown the options to the text level in specific.
Addition of rich media multimedia elements within the content makes the content more interactive and further engaging.
c) Create Customized Lesson plans to students:
Based on the grasping capacity of the students and their performance, for progressive learning paths and better learning outcomes customized lesson plans catering to each individual student can be created.
Teachers can use the learning analytics reports to view their learning patterns and accordingly make changes within the lessons to help assist the students for better understanding. Teachers can also recommend additional resources for better understanding of the concepts.
d) Measure Students performance:
Gone are the days where teachers used to measure the performance of their students with the aid of assessments only.
Now performance is more narrowed down to understanding of concepts to ensure that the imparting of the knowledge is effectively done, so as to retain the conceptual knowledge information.
Teachers can compare learning analytics report term-wise to get a complete view of the performance during the academic year. Change of scores and learning activity within the report will provide further insights.
e) Redefine Courses:
Teachers can either modify their teaching style or redesign the course based on the analysis with the learning analytics reports. Since content is made available in the form of digital textbooks, it is easy to update them, thus reducing the printing costs.
Also teachers can analyze their teaching methods and come up with innovative ideas like incorporating augmented reality in the lessons and thus in the learning process for effective teaching.
Learning Analytics can be utilized to its maximum potential to improve the efficiency of teaching and effectiveness of the education provided.
An analytics driven K12 education will make students more competent thus assisting them to acquire lifelong learning skills thus helping both teachers and students to derive actionable information to improve their course knowledge and enhance learning experiences.
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