The University of Michigan Learning Analytics Task Force: 2012 - 2015

This site records the work of the University of Michigan Learning Analytics Task Force (LATF). 

This faculty Task Force was commissioned by Provost Phil Hanlon in 2012 at the request of the SACUA Academic Affairs Advisory Committee. LATF met for three years, and had three principal goals:
  1.  Explore the UM information environment and recommend to the Provost improvements designed to make Michigan a world-class environment for learning analytics research.
  2.  Design and execute a funding program to support the best learning analytics projects proposed by the University community.
  3.  Review the metrics used to assess teaching and learning at Michigan.
Details of the committee charge and membership are provided at these links. The Task Force is currently preparing its final report, and using this site to gather the relevant materials. A draft executive summary of this report is available here.

Major activities

Exploring Learning Analytics (ELA) grants program: 

To support a community-wide exploration of how we might put data to work in improving teaching and learning, LATF provided funding opportunities for learning analytics projects. Beginning in May 2012, the Task Force oversaw a series of calls for proposals, eventually awarded more than a million dollars in funding to more than a dozen projects aiming to either analyze or put to use student data. 

Learning Analytics Fellows Program:

During the winter 2013 and winter 2014 semesters, LATF sponsored groups of Learning Analytics Fellows who met for two hours a week to discuss learning analytics, work on their own data analysis projects, and meet with campus resources in this space. When this program was described to the CIC Provosts they requested that Michigan make this program available on their campuses as well. We have responded by creating a Massive Open Online Course called Practical Learning Analytics, which ran for the first time in fall 2015.

SLAM Seminars:

The committee launched the public aspects of its work in September 2012. The LATF and the UM Center for Research on Learning and Teaching have joined forces to continue the Student Learning and Analytics at Michigan seminar series, which began during the 2011-12 academic year and ran for four years.  All lectures given in this series are available online. They provide a nationally visible resource, and have received more than 15,000 visitors.