Community Engagement

In the first year of the Learning Analytics project, research and engagement activities centre primarily around engaging faculty in the development and piloting of learning analytics tools focused on improving student learning and success. At a high level, the overarching focus of the Learning Analytics project’s research and engagement efforts is to facilitate a community of faculty members who are actively engaged in the development of learning analytics models and student learning research.

Engagement Strategy

The Learning Analytics project engagement strategy is being carried out primarily through collaborations between UBC’s Learning Analytics working group and faculty members, primarily through one-on-one consultations and research pilots. Workshops and events for faculty, staff and students are also outlined below.

The project’s engagement goals include

  • Engaging with faculty to identify key questions that can be answered using analytics.
  • Empowering faculty members and departments with analytics to address challenges they have identified at the course or program level.
  • Evaluating the appropriateness and usefulness of various approaches to interacting with and displaying information.
  • Working with faculty to identify relevant data.
  • Facilitating a community of faculty members who are actively engaged in the development of learning analytics models and student learning research.


Research Pilots

Research pilots are a key component of the Learning Analytics project. These pilots are aimed at identifying faculty members’ questions, exploring actionable sources of data, and trialing candidate tools that empower faculty members and departments with analytics to address the questions they have identified.

Faculty members are invited to get in touch to learn more about or participate in the ongoing research pilots. Please contact Ido Roll (Senior Manager for Research and Evaluation, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology) for more information.

OnTask Workshop: May 22

On May 22, UBC faculty and instructional support staff are invited to learn more OnTask, a learning analytics tool that’s currently being piloted as part of the Learning Analytics project. OnTask enables instructors to give targeted, customized messages based on the metrics they set for their courses. In this workshop, instructors will gain hands-on training with the OnTask platform, explore best practices for providing feedback to learners, and learn how to identify useful data.

Please register in advance for this workshop:

Using Learning Analytics to Provide Timely, Personalized, and Actionable Feedback to

Chilcotin Room 256
Irving K Barber Learning Centre
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 pm
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Workshop facilitators:

  • Craig Thompson, Research Analyst, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Will Engle, Open Education Initiatives Strategist, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
  • Silvia Bartolic, Instructor, Department of Sociology


Learning Analytics Hackathon 3.0

Students and data enthusiasts gathered for the UBC Learning Analytics Hackathon 3.0 on March 10 & 11, 2018. Participants worked on open data sets and proposed data visualizations and tools. (Photo by Abigail Saxton)

On March 10 and 11, 2018, the Learning Analytics project and LAVA (Learning Analytics, Visual Analytics) hosted UBC’s third Learning Analytics Hackathon. This year, participants focused on how data analysis and visualizations could be used to improve student learning and experiences.

The event attracted more than 100 participants–including students, researchers, and instructors–who had the chance to work with open learning data from Harvard and the Open University (UK).

No prior experience working with data was needed, and optional workshops were offered to participants focused on design and data analysis. Participants worked in teams to design or build learning analytics tool prototypes, showcasing their efforts at the end of the weekend with a short presentation.

Learn more.