This article aims to summarise international best practices for implementing a learning analytics (LA) strategy in
a higher education institution (HEI). Universities have always collected data for reporting purposes. LA collects
data while students are learning, enabling targeted interventions with potentially at-risk individuals or students
with the ability to excel. LA has been made possible by the widespread use of technology, particularly learning
management systems (LMSs) that enable the electronic collection of data. Such data can be combined with more
traditional sources of data, such as student demographics or academic success plus qualitative information to
produce analyses for decision making.
Book chapter in :'Best practices for learning analytics initiatives in higher education' in Kilfoil, W.R. (Ed.). (2015). Moving beyond the hype : a contextualised view of learning with technology in higher education. Pretoria : Universities South Africa.