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ACRL ULS PDC: Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays
Learning analytics offers a new tool in the library assessment toolbox, one that closes gaps left by other assessment methods but also raises myriad questions for librarians. As higher education institutions expand their learning analytics initiatives, librarians need to prepare to participate in learning analytics as campus partners. Librarians should be aware of current definitions and common deployment models for institutional learning analytics, understand the purposes and pitfalls of learning analytics as an approach to support student learning, and develop a plan for learning analytics engagement that fits their values as well as institutional and library needs. To advance this work, librarians need to know the facts, avoid false choices, and plan for deep engagement. This panel will include introductory content defining learning analytics from a higher education perspective, outlining the purposes of learning analytics as an assessment approach in support of student success, and describing “false choices” that often derail discussions of learning analytics in the library community. The session will also include a conversation about unique roles librarians can play in learning analytics, next steps for research and practice in this work,

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Nov 15, 2021 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Rebecca Croxton
Head of Assessment @University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Megan Oakleaf
Associate Professor | Director of Online Student Engagement @Syracuse University
Ken Varnum
Senior Program Manager and Discovery Strategist @University of Michigan