What is Open Data Analytics Initiative?
The Open Data Analytics Initiative is a consortium movement emanating from the University of Massachusetts Boston, forged to develop an LMS-agnostic learning analytics engine. (See LMS-agnostic learning analytics engine DEFINED.) College online programs use a variety of LMS (learning management systems), each collecting data on learning and curricula, none offering a cross-platform learning analytics solution. For lack of an agnostic engine, data sharing barriers abound. Individual attempts to compare date are expensive, involve long implementation times, extensive training. A consortium-build analytic engine answers many use-case needs.
Center for Innovation and Excellence – UMass Boston
What can ODAI do for us?
We would be able to analyze any data that we want. There would be no high costs associated with having this analytics platform and it would be cheaper than purchasing any software. This would not only give the university the opportunity to be innovative and save money, but also have the ability to make money by providing the platform to other colleges. Additionally, we can work out partnerships with other schools where we can analyze and compare each other’s data. This would create a collaborative effort and allow us to excel in data analytics and e-learning.
To host the ODAI consortium focused on educational analysis and (where appropriate) data sharing through projects centered on the development of a learning analytics engine capable of cross-comparisons of data from the multitude of learning management system (LMS) in use among educational institutions.
Learning Analytics focused on learning and curriculum extends beyond the classic concerns of retention, progression, completion. Big data on teaching and learning collected through LMS can enable researcher/educators to improve education dramatically, given the proper analytics tools and collaborations. For that purpose the ODAI consortium has come into being.
What we provide
Over the course of six-month proof of concept project, we will be developing our own custom analytics solution to analyze any learning data that we wish. With the new technologies that are available today we are able to create data connections between every learning management system to import all of the data into our own solution. Essentially we are creating an agnostic learning management system analytics platform.
Where we’re going
The next phase would be to create a prototype. We estimate that we can create this prototype in 6 months at a very low cost. Once the prototype is complete we can demonstrate the capabilities of the solution to the leadership at the university.