Investigating Performance: Using Your Data Effectively

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DevLearn 2018 Conference & Expo - October 24, 2018

Janet Laane Effron

Managing Principal
Four Rivers Group

Sean Putman

Vice President of Learning Development
Altair Engineering

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 and analytics to improve course design
  • How to design to gather meaningful data
  • How to define your learning data needs based on business and learning objectives
  • Lessons, from fields like business intelligence and web analytics, about how to apply data principles to learning design
  • Data analysis lessons from fields including business intelligence and web analytics


Designers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:

Experience API (xAPI).


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