Data Mining


WCET Leadership Summit: Under the Sword of Data Features Don Norris & Linda Baer

Hello Action Analytics Community,
I'd like to invite you to the WCET Leadership Summit: Under the Sword of Data, taking place in Salt Lake City, UT June 12-13. Reserve your hotel room at the Marriott Salt Lake City Center by May 20th to take advantage of the discounted rate of $149.  

The topic is data analytics, it’s titled Living Under the Sword of Data, with an eye on how data affects student success and strategies or interventions that...


Gilfus Analytics Launched

Leveraging our history in the development of Learning Management Systems, Gilfus Analytics is an elite team of independent industry experts from the Gilfus Education Group focused on developing strategies for the development of Academic Analytics and eLearning Intelligence in education. The Gilfus Analytics team can develop a strategy around learning analytics for your organization.

“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...


Academic Analytics and Data Mining in Higher Education

Paul Baepler & Cynthia James Murdoch - International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol 4, No. 2, July 2010


The emerging fields of academic analytics and educational data mining are rapidly producing new possibilities for gathering, analyzing, and presenting student data.  Faculty might soon be able to use these new data sources as guides for course redesign and as evidence for implementing new assessments and lines of communication between instructors and students. This essay links the concepts of academic analytics, data mining in higher education, and course management system audits and suggests how these techniques and the data they produce might be useful to those who practice the scholarship of teaching and learning.


What exactly do we want?

List specifics problems you face and what information would resolve the problem.


Predictive Modeling at Capella

Alex Ushveridze, Capella University - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

Capella University is a leader in the effective, systemic embedding of predictive modeling for student success into their course offerings.  This presentation and demonstration shows how they do it and how they are able to model, measure, monitor, intervene, and enhance the student experience and performance.  It shows how this combination of tools enables Capella to increase application rates,  enrollment, and course attendance; improve academic performance; enrich the learning experience;, and improve learner persistence.


Next Generation Analytics

Donald M. Norris and Paul Lefrere, Strategic Initiatives, Inc. - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

This presentation suggests the new directions that will be followed by analytics practitioners, seeking “value analytics” that can yield quick wins, sustainable advantage, and address the major issues facing institutions in reimagining higher education, post- recession.  The analytics solutions marketplace is very much in transition and users are struggling to figure out how to build, buy, or mash-up solutions.  Social networking solutions and communities of practice will be a key part of the solution.


Accountability Dashboard: A Multi-Faceted Analytic Tool

Craig Schoenecker, Minnesota State Colleges & Universities System - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities consists of  32 campus (two-year technical and community colleges, four-year universities) that have used a dashboard-informed system of accountability to support  decision making at the system and campus levels.  This presentation explains the dashboard capability nd the sorts ofr decision sit has been supporting.


Building Capacity for Analytics within the Academic Environment

John P. Campbell, Purdue University - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

Purdue University is one of the recognized leaders in Academic Analytics focusing on student performance. Dr. Campbell summarizes Purdue’s acclaimed Signals initiative, which enables faculty and students to receive real-time assessments, throughout the semester, of students’ performance in particular courses, normed against past experiences of successful students.  Students receive warnings when they deviated from proven success patterns.  The presentation emphasizes the importance of using simple, powerful applications to build organizational capacity and to create “actionable intelligence.”


Best Practices in Building Analytics Capacity

Kenneth A. Moore, SVP Sinclair Community College - 1st National Action Analytics Symposium

Sinclair Community College is recognized as a leading analytics practitioner.  Dr. Moore has led the combining of three units - Business intelligence, Institutional Research, and Student Services Research – into a robust institutional intelligence unit.  Strong focus  Robust data warehouse, data mining, predictive modeling, dash boarding are all part of Sinclair’s tools.  Next steps are getting into predictive modeling of financial aid default. optimal course pathways for learners, and optimal times for courses to be offered.