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Why Universities are choosing Talis Aspire Advanced MIS for deeper analytics reporting

Natalie Naik

When tutors lack face to face contact, students are viewing content digitally and discussing it remotely, understanding what your students are doing online is more important than ever. 

Talis Aspire Advanced MIS is an analytics solution that allows you to get deeper analytics on the way students behave with Talis Aspire reading lists. It allows you to combine this data with other institutional data so that you can create a fuller picture of how your students are behaving.

The University of Gloucestershire has recently started working with Advanced MIS to track its e-resource usage. James Hodgkin, Associate Director of Library, Technology and information and University Librarian at the University of Gloucestershire explains what they plan to do with it:

“We have been part of the Jisc Learning Analytics service since the beginning and I have always pushed for the library to play an integral part. We started with book borrowing and moved onto e-resource usage but a key part of the picture was missing. Advanced MIS lets us understand how students are using their reading lists and this is a vital connection between the Module and the essential learning resources academics want their students to use. A lack of engagement here could provide a flag to the tutor that a student needs support.”

As James mentions, collecting data on how students are interacting is important, but just as important is understanding where there is a lack of engagement. When a student is showing no signs of contact across their university touchpoints, for example with online resources, their remote learning experiences such as online classes or with their reading lists, this can highlight problems. Talis Aspire Advanced MIS allows you to feed in information from Talis Aspire to create a picture of how a student interacts across the many online tools and digital resources they use to study so that you can flag where you might need to intervene.

There has been a gradual shift to digital in recent years, and we’ve seen this rapidly accelerate over the past year with COVID-19. When libraries are forced to think about how they can provision digital or online items to their students, understanding their current stock vs demand is important in identifying gaps.

Jane Cooke, Associate Director of Collections, Content and Discovery at University of Liverpool explains how they are approaching this:

“We are hoping to achieve greater insight relating to the use of Reading Lists by academics, students, and library staff. The aim is to link this data to decision making regarding acquiring content and the pedagogic approaches our liaison librarian’s take with academics and students around engagement with the list to support teaching and learning. The data we pull from this system will be ingested into the library’s overall engagement data to help us shape our strategic approach to various provision for our end users.”

There are many different ways you can collect and analyse data with Talis Aspire Advanced MIS. If you’d like to find out more about what you can do with your Talis Aspire data, please get in touch by raising a support ticket.

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