Data Analytics

Unicon Intros Quick Start Learning Analytics Service

Open source services provider Unicon is launching a new offering designed to help higher education institutions get started with learning analytics. LA Quick Start bundles open source technologies with consulting services to help with analytics readiness assessment or roadmap development and lay "a foundation that can be built upon for a full-scale analytics solution," according to the company.

"Through our discussions with institutions around learning analytics, we discovered many institutions are facing challenges in how to get started with an analytics implementation," said Unicon CEO John Blakley, in a press release. "Our LA Quick Start service will solve these challenges by providing institutions with an open analytics environment and consulting hours to help with an initial implementation."

On the technology side, LA Quick Start is built on Apereo open source infrastructure:

  • Apereo Learning Record Warehouse (Apereo LRW), a "secure, standards-based, standalone learning record warehouse that was built to fill the need for a storage mechanism for an open learning analytics environment"; and
  • Apereo OpenDashboard, which provides "visualizations of LMS data to gain insights into student course activity" and helps instructors and advisers identify and connect with at-risk students.

Visualization of student activity in a course over time

For more information, visit the Unicon site.

About the Author

About the author: Rhea Kelly is executive editor for Campus Technology. She can be reached at rkelly@1105media.com.

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