Academic Services

Learning Analytics Policy

Developing an institutional Policy on Learning Analytics: task group, communication and engagement and other Learning Analytics activity.

During 2016-17, the University is developing an institutional Policy on Learning Analytics.

Learning Analytics is concerned with how data generated by learning management systems, student systems and other sources can be used to understand, and improve, the learning experiences of students.

More detail will be published here as this project progresses.

Task Group

The University has established a task group, reporting to the Senate Learning and Teaching and the Knowledge Strategy Committee to develop and consult on the Policy.

Professor Dragan Gasevic, Chair of Learning Analytics and Informatics, is convening the group which includes representatives from Colleges and the Edinburgh University’s Students Association. Its remit and membership can be downloaded below.

Communication and Engagement activities

The task group has undertaken a range of communication and engagement activities in Semester Two, 2016-17, to support the development of the Policy, including:

  • Discussion at Senate on 1 February 2017
  • Discussion at the Senate Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) and Knowledge Strategy Committee (KSC) in January/February 2017
  • Meetings with Schools, Colleges, and other stakeholders
  • A sample-based student survey, and a staff survey
  • Focus groups with staff and students
  • Opportunities for stakeholders to provide written submissions on a set of Principles and Purposes

Statement of Principles and Purposes

The Task Group has produced a short document setting out the Principles and Purposes of the University's approach to Learning Analytics.  Following consultation, LTC and KSCapproved this document in May / June 2017.


During summer 2017, the Group will oversee the  development of a more detailed Policy document setting out how the University will handle issues such as data governance, consent and security.

Other Learning Analytics activities

Information on other Learning Analytics activities at the University is available at:

Information Services Learning Analytics

Contact Information

For further information, contact:

Tom Ward

Director of Academic Services

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