Part 4: Fall 2016 Labs

52 Analytics and Recommendation with Sharon Thoma — 12.09.2016

Last week’s Active Teaching Lab was about the course analytics tool in the Desire to Learn LMS. Learning analytics are proving to be a valuable new tool because the more you and your students know about their learning habits, Sharon Thomathe better equipped all will be to increase effectiveness. Sharon Thoma in Zoology shared her use of Analytics & Recommendation (A&R) in her large classes to monitor and support student learning.


  • The Analytics & Recommendation tool will not be used in Canvas, instead Canvas has its own course analytics function (which is pretty good). Interested in learning more about Canvas’ course analytics? Review the activity sheet here.
  • Learning analytics is still in its infancy; the information provided is only as good as the data gathered.
  • A&R is helpful for allowing instructors to see what her/his students are accessing and when.

To learn more about learning analytics and how Sharon has put it to use, watch the video below.

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Sharon’s story:

Interested in a general discussion of learning analytics and what’s available in Canvas? Watch the discussion below:


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