Completing the Loop: learning analytics data from the LMS

As another semester comes to an end, it is an opportune time to reflect on the teaching and learning successes and challenges in your subject, including what worked, and what didn't, and how the subject might be reimagined for its next iteration. As with any review it helps to have data at your fingertips to help guide, confirm or even refute the impressions you've formed. The Completing the Loop tool is one such source of data newly available to University staff.

The Loop tool is a federally funded OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching) initiative developed in partnership between The University of Melbourne, The University of South Australia and Macquarie University. Further information about the project and tool can be found at https://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/research/past-research-projects/edutech/completing-the-loop

How does it work?

The Loop tool takes usage information from the LMS and displays it in a way that is readily accessible and tells a meaningful story of student achievement and engagement. It also provides tools to help you measure the impact of events throughout the semester. For example, did students access the material before or after the lecture? What was the pattern of assignment submission? At present, any subject coordinator can request access to the 'Loop' tool for their subject.

The following guide outlines the features of the Loop tool in further detail.

If you would like to use the Loop tool in your subject, or discuss the tool further, please contact us by submitting a support request.Loop tool graph

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Damian Sweeney