X-Ray Learning Analytics for Moodle: A ready-to-use predictive analytics technology

Manuel Rivera
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Buenos Aires, Argentina

X-Ray Learning Analytics is a predictive analytics solution that goes above and beyond reporting and statistics. X-Ray Learning Analytics’ most notable feature is the use of quantitative linguistics – the in-depth study of language use – that allows teachers to rethink their teaching strategies and thereby increase students’ academic success.

Learning Analytics refers to the measurement, analysis and generation of data around the performance of students in different contexts with the intent of optimizing learning. With this in mind, let’s consider the functionality and scope of X-Ray Learning Analytics, which integrates with Moodle through the Moodlerooms solution.

Let us imagine a technology so powerful that it enables teachers to concentrate their efforts on the academic progress of each individual student, while saving them time in processes like assessment. X-Ray Learning Analytics does exactly this through its analysis of discussions. It prioritizes the quality of entries made by students through the linguistic features they use and it conducts frequency and semantic analysis on the use of words. It is also able to understand the social connections of students with other learners.

Aleksander Dietrichson, PhD in Statistics and Senior Data Scientist at Blackboard Inc. shares that the use of X-Ray Learning Analytics “provides teachers insight that allows them to develop academic processes in courses, thereby delivering greater educational value to students.” Also, teachers obtain different reports when they need them through the use of the tool, thus allowing for course optimization.

X-Ray Learning Analytics’ mitigation of risk feature is another aspect that deserves highlighting. This feature is especially attractive as it provide results that predict which students are lagging behind in their learning processes. Instructors can then act to avoid failures that then impact dropout rates. Thus, not only is awareness being raised as to the different learning paces, but teachers are also insight into the effectiveness of various teaching methodologies.

With X-Ray Learning Analytics, teachers access to predictive analytics that will allow them to diagnose, understand and act to enhance the learning experience of their students.”

Similarly, teachers and instructors directly benefit from having – simply and intuitively – an overview that favors the development of strategies and activities to overcome unwanted behaviors and suggest solutions, while measuring the levels of satisfaction and understanding the factors of motivation of students within a specific course; in other courses and even with cross-organizational performance. All this is done without the need to interpret complex or complicated metric data. X-Ray Learning Analytics facilitates this task by condensing data and delivering it ready for use.

An opportunity for teachers lies in the fact that they can use the grades suggested in the discussion fora, due to the fact that the technology in X-Ray Learning Analytics conducts analysis corresponding to the critical thinking that students use in order to write and perform their tasks.

By integrating this tool with Moodle, the teaching role focuses on selecting and developing activities that positively impact learning experiences, as well as to identify the behaviors of students to improve their performance and to promote student satisfaction; among others.

Thus, current educational dynamics demand that teachers employ analytical tools to handle their courses effectively and efficaciously, thereby fostering students’ participation and leading them towards success.


*Aleksander Dietrichson, PhD in Comparative Education and Senior Data Sciencist at Blackboard Inc.

*Photo by: Ariel Gómez

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