ODAI 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. 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 data are expensive, involve long implementation times, extensive training. A consortium-build analytic engine answers many use-case needs.

Dashboard UMass


Use Cases

  • Use Case One

    Institutions using a second (or third, or fourth) learning management system, with legacy data from courses and programs of study in a defunct LMS tool are otherwise barred from conducting longitudinal comparisons and analysis of their own data assets.

  • Use Case Two

    Institutions offering programs of study not offered widely (such as graduate programs in Instructional Design) wish to share and compare data on learning and curricula with sister programs whose data resides in a different (or legacy) LMS platform.

  • Use Case Three

    Institutions seeking to answer research questions on eLearning best practices must undertake analysis of “big data” contributed by multiple consortium member schools using multiple LMS system in a world where none of the LMS-proprietary reporting tools enabling such study.

Get Involved

  • Follow our progress in design of the analytics engine and growth of the consortium on web, at conferences, in social media and through direct contact
  • Contribute to our project directly as a code writer
  • Open a dialogue with us about options for accessing and contributing to anonymized data sets of LMS learning and curricular data
  • Propose co-presentations at conferences and on panel discussions to compare similar or related initiatives
  • Invite us to speak to your learning and teaching community about our work