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Loop (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
27 May 2016


Loop is an open source analytics tool funded by the Australian Office for Learning and Teaching. The tool can be connected with Moodle or Blackboard to provide a tool for teachers to visualise student behaviours in their learning management system. The dashboard component demonstrates student log data through the learning mangement site, such as class materials accessed, discussion forum activity, and assessment performance. This data can be viewed at the classroom or individual student level. At the same time, the tool incorporates information about the course structure and schedule into its visualisations. In this sense, the project aims to also incorporate a ‘pedagogical helper tool’ to aid teachers in data interpretation that make sense in their specific context (i.e. ‘pedagogical intent’). In 2015, the tool was piloted with four courses between three Australian universities, with hopes of a wide-scale release following soon.


Inventory type:

learning environment tool

Role of analytics:


Data sources:

Uses data from other systems: Moodle or Blackboard



Learning management system

Tool in Context



Supply model:

self-hosted server software


Collaborative project

Ethics and privacy:

No information about ethics or privacy is available at this time



Maturity and Evidence of Utility

This project is funded by the Australian government and is the product of collaboration between three universities and nine leading researchers. However, Loop is currently in an initial pilot stage, with four courses across three universities adopting the tool for one academic year in 2015. At the end of the year, a qualitative study with course instructors is planned, but no findings have yet been released. A full analysis of this initial pilot will be necessarily to confirm the tool’s maturity and evidence of utility.

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