Center for Educational Innovation

Academic Affairs and Provost

UMN Learning Analytics Community of Practice meeting (open)

Monday, October 9, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Please join us for the October UMN Learning Analytics Community of Practice’s first meeting of the 2017-2018 academic year. For October, the meeting will have two short presentations and then discussion of the realities and possibilities of learning analytics at the University today. Na’im Madyun, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Diversity, and Outreach in CEHD will talk about how he has used data to help inform decisions and answer questions about student progress and success, and will share the kinds of questions and problems that are top of mind as a dean that new advances in learning analytics may be able to shed light on.

Colin DeLong, Director of Enrollment Analytics in CLA will talk about how the University of Minnesota has been piloting the use of LMS data in its early alert system (APLUS) to notify academic advisors about students who’ve gone off-track in courses relative to their peers. The idea is simple: We’re more likely to retain students if we can identify them and reach out as soon as we’re aware they’re at risk. This talk explores the myriad challenges faced in making this a reality, including technology architecture, real-time data integration, data quality, best practices development, building and evaluating alert criteria, analytics visualization, and pilot outcomes assessment.


When/where:  420A Bruininks October 9th, from 2:00-3:30

Open. (Open to faculty, P&A, graduate teaching assistants, staff who work with data, instructional designers, advisors, libraries--from all campuses.)

Purposes of Learning Analytics CoP

The primary purpose of LACoP is to provide a venue for its members at UMN to explore learning analytics (LA) and adopt LA in their practices. It is not a decision/policy making group. Its agenda and goals are shaped by its members; example purposes include:

  • Build a collective understanding of LA
  • Bring problems, challenges, ideas, etc. for discussion
  • Share projects members are working on, get feedback from others 
  • Share information about LA
  • Brainstorm promising research opportunities and trajectories
  • Discuss responsible and ethical uses of data
  • Connect different levels of interest (classroom, institution)
  • A focus on teaching and learning

To join the Learning Analytics Community of Practice, complete this form.

The Learning Analytics CoP is a partnership of the College of Education and Human Development, College of Liberal Arts, Libraries, and the Center for Educational Innovation.  Co-facilitated by Bodong Chen, faculty member in CEHD. 



Amanda Rondeau, CEHD,

Cristina Lopez, CLA,

Shane Nackerud, Libraries,

Emily Ronning, Provost’s Office,

Jeff Lindgren, Center for Educational Innovation,


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