Learning anaytics are catalyzing transformative conversations about completion and retention, competencies and ethics, pathways and profiles, micro-credentials and modalities. They are going to have tremendous impact on just about everything that learning technology professionals do. More to the point, they are going to define much of what we do and how we do it.
You might be wondering what this has to do with elearning. One of the little secrets about predictive analytics is that predictions are useful if one takes actions to address whatever weakeness or opportunities that predictions reveal. Going forward, the real action will not be around predictions, per se, but on taking action to address the risks and opportunities that predictive analytics reveal.
These days this has a lot to do with what "big tent" elearning offers, at least the kind of elearning that delivers on the promise to personlize and motivate and pace, featuring learning technologies from interactive pdfs to wearable apps to immersive environments and adaptive pathways and everything in between.
And with that, we are back on the Road Trip.