Learner Analytics

    

Building on what we covered in our last post on learning experience analytics, this week we’ll explore learner analytics and how they seek to understand more about a specific person or group of people engaged in activities where learning is one of the outputs.

Get to Know Your Learners

What are learner analytics?A learner could be an employee of the company or an anonymous external user interacting with a public learning program. Or, a group of learners might be a department within a company, a cohort going through a learning program together, or those in a particular job role who need to complete a set of compliance training.

That means these analytics often answer questions about usage patterns and performance for specific learners, such as:

  • Who is training the most?
  • Has everyone in a particular group completed his or her compliance training?
  • What skills does this person/group have? Where are there gaps?
  • Who needs development? Who are your high-potential employees? And what topics are these learners interested in?

As a result, these analytics help companies better understand their people, are used for talent management and identification, and are often tied to job certifications and personal development plans.


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How to Apply Learner Analytics

Perhaps you’d like to understand more about a group of learners attempting to attain a five-step certification. Here are some simple, specific examples of how you can apply all four levels of complexity for learner analytics. 

1) Learner Measurement 

Track progress through each step of the certification path. Monitor how much time each learner spends in each step.

2) Learner Evaluation

Show a chart of learner progress broken down by department. Are there departments that are falling behind? With further investigation, can you identify why these departments are behind and how to help them get back on track? 

3) Advanced Learner Evaluation

Run the data about the first step of the certification path and the overall completion status through a regression analysis. Are there relationships between variables you can measure during the first step and learners who ultimately drop out of the program? Should you focus on creating a more engaging first impression to encourage learners to stick with the program?

4) Predictive Learner Analytics

Using Bayesian probability, look for a relationship between time spent on each certification step and the likelihood of dropping out of the program. Predict which students are most likely to drop out and identify interventions to help them continue to achieve the certification.

Up Next: Learning Program Analytics

Next, we'll discuss learning program analytics, which help you understand how an overall learning program is performing. Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to have the latest installments of our learning analytics series sent right to your inbox.


Getting Started Is Easy

Now that you understand the basics of analyzing learning experiences, it's time to start applying them in your own learning program. And it's easier than you might think. In fact, there’s a lot you can do with simple metrics and the data you have right now. We've also created the following guide to help you get started right now!

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Mike Rustici

About The Author

As an innovative software developer turned entrepreneur, Mike Rustici has been defining the eLearning industry for nearly 20 years. After co-founding Rustici Software in 2002, Mike helped guide the first draft of xAPI and invented the concept of a Learning Record Store (LRS). In 2013, he delivered on the promise of xAPI with the creation of Watershed, the flagship LRS that bridges the gap between training and performance.