Learning Analytics and the Library Using the Data You Collect to Address Student Learning Outcomes and Tell the Library's Story

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Yasmine Abou-El-Kheir
Kris Veldheer


In some way, every librarian is involved in improving student learning. Student learning outcomes have been having a bigger impact across the educational landscape for years. The flipside of learning outcomes is the tricky business of measuring if students are meeting the outcomes. This is where learning analytics comes in. Learning analytics is about how you collect and analyze data about learners and their environments with the intention of understanding and improving learning outcomes. In this session, we look at learning analytics and collecting library data. We cover what learning analytics are, how you collect them, and how to use them to your advantage. We also touch on the issue of balancing metrics with patron privacy. Finally, with library usage and COVID, we discuss updating your metrics to track different data.

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Yasmine Abou-El-Kheir, Chicago Theological Seminary

Director of the Lapp Learning Commons

Kris Veldheer, Catholic Theological Union

Director of the Paul Bechtold Library