Why learning analytics for capacity development?

Capacity development is a founding principle of the ILO’s Development Cooperation Strategy to secure better decent work outcomes through improved services to constituents. However, how can we increase the effectiveness of capacity building programmes for costituents and players in the world of work?

Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.

There are several reasons why training organizations would wish to invest in learning analytics:

  1. Predict learners’ performance
  2. Provide learners with a personalized eLearning experience
  3. Increase learners’ retention rates
  4. Measure engagement and teaching success
  5. Improve instructional and delivery strategies of eLearning courses and programmes

With these factors in mind, the ITCILO developed a dedicated Online Programme in Innovative Learning Interventions where professionals with a capacity-building function explore the use of latest technology and innovation for translating the sustainable development goals into achievable actions, including the potential of Trusted Learning Analytics.

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The main objective for Learning Analytics is to unveil so far hidden information in educational data to gain new insights and prepare them for different educational stakeholders (learners, trainers and managers). This new kind of information can support individual learning, enhance facilitation and teaching quality, as well as improve organizational knowledge management processes and system administration.

This course aims to contextualize Learning Analytics and its most important dimensions. It will demonstrate why Learning Analytics have the power to be a real game changer for educational research by enhancing e-learning experiences and creating more effective e-learning environments by helping to predict learners’ performance, providing learners with a personalized learning experience. Increased retention rates and boosting cost efficiency. It also will touch on the ethical and privacy side of Learning Analytics that needs to be discussed within potential target organizations to guarantee adoption and uptake of Learning Analytics from stakeholders.

If you are a trainer, information technology (IT) specialist, decision maker in education and training institutions or instructional designer and you are already experimenting with Learning Analytics within your organization, feel free to get in touch and share with us your experience (delta@itcilo.org)

 

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