Learning analytics is a new and promising research field which can be defined as “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners in their context, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environment in which it occurs” (Siemens et. Al).
The recent evolution of web-based learning and the possibility of tracking students’ online behaviour offers promising new ways of measuring actual self-study activities.
Understand online learning behaviour
From a pedagogical point of view, Learning analytics can help to better understand concrete learning behaviour and uses of electronic courseware and online resources, based on which pedagogic interventions can be undertaken.
Benefits for students
Students can learn from their own learning data and compare their progress to that of their peers. By being more aware of their own learning behaviour, students can acquire a higher level of self-regulation.