Practical Application of Learning Analytics & Data

January 13, 2021
4 minutes
Practical Application of Learning Analytics & Data with Sam Rogers

The concept of Learning Analytics has been a hot topic for several years in the L&D industry. There are those that talk about it, and then there are those doing the work and making it happen within their organizations. Sam Rogers is one of the doers.

Sam joined us in this episode of Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee to discuss the realities of working with data and analytics within a large enterprise.  As you might imagine, the task is not easy. But each of us needs to start somewhere. The big question is often where. Trying to figure out the proper data to collect and how you will collect can be daunting. But you must start somewhere.

Defining the terms used to define your data is a great place to start. Do you know how your LMS defines “Complete”? Or what about “Pass” vs “Fail”?  And does every learning program in your organization use the same definition of what each of these terms mean?

Sam has experienced first-hand how important it is to define these terms first.  So many people jump straight to purchasing one technology or another in an effort to get better analytics. But the information you get from the tech is only as good as the data being put into it and how well you understand the meaning of that data.  

Sam shared how he got the analytics ball rolling and some of the hurdles he had to jump to keep it going. It was a great conversation to launch IDIODC into the new year.

To see all the comments from the chat check out the full session right here.

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About Sam Rogers

Sam Rogers is the Founder, President, and Principal Consultant at Snap Synapse. After nearly twenty years working as a Senior Instructional Designer, eLearning Developer, Video eLearning Producer, LMS Integrations Specialist, ILT Facilitator, and Learning Ecosystems Architect, Sam brings an integrated perspective to all things Learning & Development. He speaks/writes/podcasts/livestreams frequently, and you may have seen him presenting ATD, Training Magazine, The eLearning Guild, or other L&D industry events. Sam loves hiking, cooking, and writing/performing music.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.