CEO Blog | Learning Analytics Project

CEO Blog | Learning Analytics Project

The Students’ Union is helping the University with a project on Learning Analytics to enhance student retention and success.  Learner Analytics is about harnessing the data that is collected through systems like Moodle, SITS, and the Library to promote better ways for students to engage and succeed in their studies.  The outcomes of the project will be the creation of bespoke YSJU apps for students, academic staff, and student advisors that can be used by those individuals to enhance their learning/knowledge of students’ needs.


Why do we want your engagement?


We want your help to ensure the apps created are what students, academics and advisors need and will find useful.  We want students to be at the forefront of the thinking around the student app, telling us what they need to see about how they are progressing or interventions that might enhance their engagement with their studies.  We want academics to help us design the academic staff app so that it tells them what they need to know as academic tutors.  And we want advisors to help us design the advisor app so that we effectively identify students who might need help to remain engaged or achieve more in their learning.


What are the timescales for the project?


The Learning Analytics project has a Board that meets monthly.  The University is aiming to procure a system solution this autumn with a view to conducting pilots in the new year, and aims to have a full system up and running for the 2018-19 academic year.


Who are the contacts for the project who are on the Project Board?


Executive Board sponsor                   Andrew Fern        

Project Manager                                Laura Hallett

Student Engagement Lead               Chris Bateman    

Academic Engagement Lead            Caroline Elbra-Ramsey

Advisor Engagement Lead                Nic Streatfield

Implementation Lead                        Steve Patterson  

LA Expert from ADD                           Phil Vincent


So how can you get involved?


There will be presentations delivered by the Students’ Union Chief Executive at the upcoming Students’ Union Zone meetings on the following dates:


Sports & Society Zone

06.11.17 | 4pm-6pm | DG123


Education Zone

07.11.17 | 4pm-6pm | SU Coffee Lounge


Student Experience Zone
09.11.17 | 4pm-6pm | SU Coffee Lounge


At the Zone meetings mire information will be shared regarding the Learning Analytics project and feedback from students will be welcomed. We will then be seeking to find a small group of students to assisting in the procurement process by forming a panel to meet prospective suppliers of Learning Analytics solutions. If you want to be part of this panel then you should email Chris Bateman on and you must be available on Friday 10th November.


We hope you are as excited about this project as we are at the Students’ Union and look forward to talking to you more about it at the upcoming Students’ Union Zone meetings.


Thanks for reading,




Chris Bateman

Chief Executive at the Students’ Union


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