Investigating Performance Using Data

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2017 - March 22, 2017

Janet Laane Effron

Managing Principal
Four Rivers Group

Sean Putman

Vice President of Learning Development
Altair Engineering

Your access to learning-related data has grown dramatically over recent years. But just because you have a large volume of data doesn’t mean it necessarily provides value. While tools like xAPI make it increasingly easy to acquire data about learners’ activities, this information provides little benefit if you don’t know how to design to acquire meaningful data, interpret that data, or improve your learning design based on what you’ve discovered.

In this session, you’ll dive deep into how data should shape your learning systems design, including exploring the basic principles of how to use data effectively and how to design to provide meaningful feedback. To do this, you’ll look at outside inspiration from fields that are already doing this well: user experience design (UXD), web analytics, and business intelligence. You’ll also uncover some of the pitfalls of data collection and analysis, discuss using both qualitative and quantitative data, and address the difficulties inherent in finding valid measurements of learning.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to use your data analytics to improve course design
  • How to design to gather meaningful data
  • About the potential pitfalls of data interpretation
  • Lessons, from fields like business intelligence and web analytics, about how to apply data principles to learning design

Novice and intermediate designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
xAPI and data analytics.


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