Today we welcome the Higher Education Commission (HEC)'s report ‘From Bricks to Clicks: the potential of data and analytics in Higher Education’.
It contains the findings of the Commission’s ten-month inquiry into the potential impact of data and analytics for universities, students and the sector as a whole.
Commenting on the report, our chief executive Dr Paul Feldman, said:
“This report unambiguously sets out the transformative impact that digital technology and use of big data can have on British higher education. It highlights the powerful role learning analytics can play in enabling universities to achieve their strategic goals and in supporting students to maximise their potential. It goes as far as recommending that all universities consider introducing an appropriate learning analytics system.
Our own research shows that learning analytics can help to improve the quality of teaching, cut drop-out rates, build better relationships between students and staff and empower students to take ownership of their learning.
We are working with 50 UK universities to set up a national learning analytics service – this will be the first time learning analytics has been introduced on a national scale anywhere in the world. The framework we have established will also enable any university that has already implemented learning analytics to contribute to national efforts by following the industry standards we have developed with the sector.
We also look forward to continuing to work together with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Universities UK and other partners to make progress on the other issues raised in the report, particularly around excellent and innovative data management, and supporting digital leadership within universities.”