Planning for Open Learning Analytics Initiative

Following the Open Apereo conference in June, a number of institutions and Commercial Affiliates who have been exploring the emerging learning analytics field have been holding informal meetings to discuss a framework for a large-scale open learning analytics initiative which could be launched under Apereo. Based on the outcomes of these initial discussions, a broader dialog was undertaken which included the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), the Open Academic Analytics Initiative, edX, Creative Commons, and CIC.  A number of short-term initiatives have come from these discussions, including a small-scale hackathon that Marist College and edX have organized to explore their two learning analytics systems.  Outcome from these smaller efforts will help inform plans to seek funding to support a larger scale project. 

Josh Baron
Senior Academic Technology Officer
Marist College