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Perceptions of learning data in higher education

Designed collaboratively by 12 researchers from nine institutions, the purpose of the Perceptions of Learning Data in Higher Education study is to collect information about student, faculty, staff, and administrator views of how data is used to understand the student experience or to improve student learning in higher education. Through this interview-based study, the research team will conduct over 115 interviews to help us better understand what different stakeholder groups believe about the ways in which colleges and universities collect, analyze, and make decisions based on learning and learner data. The project has been designed with a systems perspective in mind in order to explore benefits and challenges of the use of learning and learner data, ethics and privacy issues and concerns among different stakeholder groups, and ideas and perceptions regarding the current and future uses of learning and learner data.


  • Katie Linder Katie Linder, PhD, Research Director, Ecampus
    Oregon State University

Katie Linder, PhD, is the research director for Oregon State University Ecampus, where she provides leadership in producing original research on online teaching and learning for faculty and administrators. She is the author of The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide, and the co-editor of High-Impact Practices in Online Education: Research and Best Practices. She also hosts “Research in Action,” a weekly podcast about topics and issues related to research in higher education

  • Rob NylandRob Nyland, PhD, Research and Innovation Team Manager eCampus Center, Division of Extended Studies
    Boise State University

Rob Nyland, PhD, is the eCampus Research and Innovation Team Manager at Boise State University, where he leads a team that performs research in online learning, learning analytics, and OER. He has previously worked as a Learning Engineer for Learning Objects, and as a full-time faculty member of Multimedia Design and Production at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of the 2017-2018 OER Research Fellowship sponsored by the OER Research Group and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He has published articles in such journals as Journal of Computing in Higher Education, International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, and TechTrends.


  • Sharla Berry Sharla Berry, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
    California Lutheran University
  • Allen S. Brown Allen S. Brown, Instructional Designer
    Wake Forest University
  • Benjamin Croft Benjamin Croft, Learning Analyst
    Boise State University
  • Mary Ellen Dello Stritto Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Assistant Director, OSU Ecampus Research Unit
    Oregon State University Ecampus
  • Rebecca E. Heiser Rebecca E. Heiser, Instructional Designer
    Pennsylvania State University at World Campus
  • Shannon McCarty Shannon McCarty, Associate Vice President, Center for Innovation in Learning, Graduate School of Education
    National University
  • Darragh McNally Darragh McNally, Assistant Vice Provost, Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success
    University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Joshua Quick Joshua Quick, Learning Data Analyst, University Information Technology Services
    Indiana University
  • Rebecca Thomas Rebecca Thomas, Postdoctoral Scholar
    Oregon State University Ecampus
  • Marla Wilks Marla Wilks, Educational Program Specialist
    University System of Georgia eCampus