Online Course | Learning Analytics: Building a Solid Foundation for Success

Part 1: September 25, 2019 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 2: October 2, 2019 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: October 9, 2019 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET


This course will focus on demystifying the complex organizational change process foundational to success in learning analytics (LA) initiatives. You’ll be guided through a pragmatic framework for understanding organizational capacity for analytics with examples from different institutions. The framework addresses: (1) strategy, leadership, and culture; (2) policy and procedures; and (3) infrastructure and tools. A major focus of this course will be action planning, which will provide you with concrete steps you can take to begin LA planning initiatives at your own institution. Presession activities will promote deeper thinking about approaches that may be used to apply the action plans.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the course segments that support the learning objectives stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators during the breakout portions of the course segments.

  • Compare and contrast 3 distinct approaches to scaling learning analytics
  • Describe different approaches to learning analytics applied at a wide range of institutions
  • Apply an organizational change model focused on concurrent efforts in the learning analytics domain
  • Leverage the provided resources, templates, and tools to create a contextualized plan for action that can be leveraged at your institution


Kimberly Arnold Kimberly Arnold, Senior Evaluation Consultant and LA Lead, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Kim Arnold leads the Evaluation, Design, and Analysis team in DoIT Academic Technology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She also serves as the campus Learning Analytics Lead and the campus Data Steward for the teaching and learning data domain. Her research interests include learning analytics and data mining, data privacy and ethics, the evaluation of the educational impact of technology, and assessment of learning outcomes. Arnold is the founding chair for EDUCAUSE’s Student Success Analytics Community Group and Unizin’s Learning Analytics Community of Practice.

Robin Pappas Robin Pappas, Instructional Innovation Program Manager, Oregon State University

Robin Pappas is instructional innovation program manager in the Division of Information Services, Office of the Vice Provost and CIO, at Oregon State University. In this capacity, she collaborates with colleagues across Oregon state to promote instructional enhancement and effectiveness, to educate faculty and academic leaders about instructional technology resources and related initiatives, and to facilitate strategic planning related to investments and support of technology to ensure student engagement and success. The position blends her experience in instruction and assessment—as well as her long-standing work using institutional data to understand patterns of student success and engagement—with her interest in institutional governance and the ways in which decision-making benefits and/or impedes the institution's ability to support equity and access for all learners. Prior to this role, she spent five years as assistant director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, where she focused her faculty development efforts on curriculum design and assessment of learning as well as collaborative and cooperative learning strategies, graduate and new faculty teaching preparation, enhancing inclusivity in the classroom, and robust approaches for evaluating instruction in higher education. Pappas holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Oregon and has been teaching courses for 18 years in literature and writing as well as first-year experience/orientation, honors elective courses for nonmajors, and summer bridge courses.