Learning analytics embedded into digital textbooks may be more effective at predicting student outcomes than prior academic achievement, a metric long thought to be the strongest predictor of success.

digital-textbook-learningPredictive and learning analytics has been touted for its ability to “read” students, providing educators with a host of data about studying habits, problem areas, and background information, according to a recent study commissioned by eTextbook publisher CourseSmart.

With analytics installed directly into a digital textbook, that analysis can happen seamlessly while students are doing their own reading, researchers said.

“Seeing how a...

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