Course of Study

Course Descriptions

Introduction to foundational elements in the emerging field of learning analytics, including theory, philosophy, ethics, cognitive processes, and tools, as well as its contribution to the psychology of learning research and relationship with other academic fields.
The collection, analysis, and reporting of large-scale educational and social interaction datasets, including the survey of different types of data, data infrastructure, methods for managing and interacting datasets, governing policies, and data stewardship.
Ethical considerations for the collection and use of learning data, including social and trust practices with learners, access, ownership, storage, security, privacy, policy, transparency, and algorithms.

This course will provide students who receive probationary admission due to an inadequate mathematical background with the core principles of statistical analysis necessary to be successful in the program.  

Using learning analytics to determine the impact of intervention outcomes and critically evaluate quantitative research pertaining to cause and effect in a learning context. This will include potential pitfalls and key factors, as well as application of both practitioner and research lenses.  


Sophisticated and emerging techniques for analyzing learning data, including advanced graphing and visualization techniques, multimodal data (such as psychophysiological data), modeling, process mining, measurement of psychological attributes involved in knowledge creation, and learner profile development. 

Survey of foundational learning design theories related to human behavior in formal and informal learning settings. Focus on models and strategies to design and evaluate technology that supports and helps improve learning. 

Introduction to social network analysis in educational settings. The course focuses on how to analyze and interpret relationships between people, artifacts, and text in digital learning settings. The students will learn to prepare data, map and analyze these relationships. Foundational graph analysis concepts and their application in learning analytics will be discussed. Students will be trained to use R programming for analysis, but the use of other software is possible. 

Artificial intelligence (AI) is exerting growing influence in all aspects of modern life. This course surveys AI trends and details prominent models for how human and machine agents intersect in knowledge work, using discrete cognitive processes as the basic unit for determining agent roles. A specific focus is on optimal relationship determination and the data types that provide indicators of cognitive states.
Application of program knowledge and skills learned in prior coursework to complete a small-scale, integrative project involving analysis of a real world, educational data set. Students will have the opportunity to apply for competitive internships that will provide small scholarships. All students will to work in diverse groups of 5 to 6 students along with a faculty mentor analyzing specific industry data to solve real-world problems. The small groups will be designed to combine students with diverse skill sets and emphasize community and collaboration. Prerequisite: Completion of coursework and approval of department.