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Bridging the Analytics Gap: Needs and Solutions

Donald M. Norris – President Strategic Initiatives, Inc.
Linda Baer – Senior Program Officer, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

This is a description of the session at EDUCAUSE today (4:00-4:50 pm, Room 108B) at which Norris and Baer will present the preliminary findings of the survey conducted as part of the Building Organizational Capacity for Analytics project, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

This research surv...

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Selecting Institutions for the Analytics Survey

Donald M. Norris, Ph.D.
President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

In selecting institutions for the survey, we decided to find and showcase exemplary practices, not the average state of the industry.  We sought institutions with demonstrable success in using analytics to improve student success.  So we identified a pool of institutions with the following characteristics:

  • Institutions that had been showcased as part of the First and Second...
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Building Organizational Capacity for Analytics

Donald M. Norris, Ph.D.
President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

Strategic Initiatives is undertaking a consulting services project, funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to advance the development of Organizational Capacity for Analytics in Higher Education.  The end game is optimizing student success through deployment and leveraging of advanced analytics practices.

This project consists of several stages and activities which will de...

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“What’s New in Analytics?” - Analytics on Work and Employability

Donald M. Norris

 

To complete the interview series begun at EDUCAUSE, we are progressively conducting a series of conversations with vendors and practitioners to describe the leading edge of analytics products and practice that affect higher education.  This will result in a white paper later this fall.

 

One of the important elements of Action Analytics is that the focus has expanded beyond traditional higher education in two important directions: 1) the scope of comparative analytics has expanded to consider the full pre-K-20 continuum and 2) analytics that illustrate the linkage between learning and work and employability are increasingly sought after...

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The Conclusion of EDUCAUSE 2010: “What’s New in Analytics at EDUCAUSE?” – Conversations on October 15 and Beyond

Donald M. Norris

 

A collection of the interview write-ups and videos from our EDUCASE conversations is posted at our Wiki “What’s New in Analytics at EDUCAUSE?”  While we managed to interview many of the insiders with insights on what technology companies and leading practitioners are doing, we have scheduled follow-on conversations with representatives of companies we missed at EDUCAUSE, including ERP and LMS providers, analytics companies, and well-known consultants.

 

We will be posting these interviews on a rolling basis to the Public Forum on Action Analytics.  In a few weeks, we will post a synthesized analysis on “What’s New in Analytics” that will capture the essence of these interviews and our analysis of where analytics in higher education is heading.
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The Third Day at EDUCAUSE: “What’s New in Analytics at EDUCAUSE?” - Conversations on October 14

Donald M. Norris

Conversations at EDUCAUSE continued to tell the story of the enhanced importance of analytics, a greater emphasis on affordability, the attractiveness of multi-vendor approaches, and unlocking data resources that are hiding in plain sight.

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The First Day of EDUCAUSE: What’s New in Analytics at EDUCAUSE? – Conversations on October 12.

Donald M. Norris

Tuesday was kickoff day at EDUCAUSE, and we used the occasion to talk with a number of analytics leaders who have perspectives on new developments today and in the future.  Their full interviews will be posted and linked to our site, as will white papers, case studies, and applications briefs.  Keep following the posts over the next week as the full body of knowledge supporting these conversations is built.

 

Follow this link for interview summaries from the first day of EDUCAUSE.

 

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The Pre-Conference Buzz at EDUCAUSE

Donald M. Norris

 

The big buzz in Anaheim is echoing the buzz that started in Redmond and has been amplified in the blogosphere and The Chronicle of Higher Education for a week or moreNext Generation Learning Challenges has arrived... 

 

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What’s New in Analytics at EDUCAUSE?

Donald M. Norris

 

The Public Forum on Action Analytics will be placing a spotlight on “What’s New in Analytics at EDUCAUSE 2010.”  I will be posting a daily blog live from the EDUCAUSE conference, focusing on the following issues:

  • How Are Analytics Supporting the Reimagining of Higher Education?
  • What’s New in Predictive Analytics, Dashboards, and Visualization?
  • What Will LMS 3.0 Look Like and How Will Analytics Feature?
  • How Are Vendors Providing Affordable Analytics for Every Institution?
  • Who Are the New Vendors on the Scene and What Do They Have to Offer?

 

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7 Things You Should Know About Analytics

EDUCAUSE - April, 2010

This article by EDUCAUSE explores some of the most pressing issues in the use of analytics to increase student success in higher education including: what are analytics, how they work, who's using them, why it is significant, some downsides of their use, where their use is going, and what are the implications for teaching and learning?