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Metacog (LAEP Inventory)

Cloud created by:

Rebecca Ferguson
11 February 2016


Metacog uses a content pool of interactive ‘learning objects’ to personalise content and pace for individual learners. Students are asked to complete a real-world task using the platform, and data are collected on their usage behaviours, including click data, time stamps and correct/incorrect responses. The platform’s API analyses student interactions with the task to assess their understanding of the content. It is possible to use Metacog in collaboration with pre-existing resources.

Students using Metacog have access to information about whether they have performed a task correctly. A leader board is also created so that students may compare their performance with peers. For teachers, the platform colour-codes performance as green, yellow or red to indicate their understanding of the material on individual tasks or over time. The platform also helps teachers to group students based on their current understanding, in order to provide individualised assignments or additional resources. Teachers can additionally review which part of the task is a trouble zone for each student or for the class as a whole. On an administrative or publisher level, the platform can be used on a macro-scale to help determine where to invest additional resources by highlighting gaps in understanding across classrooms.


Inventory type:

smart system

Role of analytics:

summarisation & description



Data sources:

uses own data: student behaviours within the platform


adaptation, visualisation

Tool in Context



Supply model:

self-hosted server software


analytics vendor: Metacog

Ethics and privacy:

The platform only collects data that is specified by the organisation using it. The only mandatory field is the identity of the organisation, and individual organisations may opt to exclude information such as student identification. Data is stored in the Metacog cloud platform, but little information is available about its security. The company has a Student Privacy Pledge, which highlights that student data will be kept private and secure, and will not be shared with third parties.



Maturity and Evidence of Utility

Metacog’s website does not currently share examples of the platform’s use and no empirical studies of its utility have been found. Examples of practice and results are necessary to assess its maturity and evidence of utility.

Further Information

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