Learning Ecosystems Integrations

for improving student experience

Barish Golland  - Learning Ecosystems Support and Solutions Manager - Sauder School of Business, UBC


Twitter: @BarishGolland

COMM101 - Business Fundamentals

700 student course

6 sections, 4 instructors, 7 TAs

Two Components to Student Engagement: 


1. Amount of time and effort students put into their studies + other activities leading to experiences and outcomes that constitute student success.


2. The ways the institution allocates resources and organizes learning opportunities and services to induce students to participate and benefit from such activities. 


Elizabeth F. Barkley, Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, 2010

COMM101 Instructors

BasicLTI Integration

Enrollments from Blackboard LMS get pushed into WordPress Subscriber-only Blog

Title Text



Information System

LMS (UBC Connect)

WordPress integration

(UBC Blogs)



WordPress Site embed in Connect LMS

WordPress Master Blog in separate browser tab

Multi-device access on the go

Course Content pushed to email

Learning Analytics

  • LMS generated analytics
  • WordPress Analytics (xAPI)
  • Email analytics (3rd party app)


(Experience API or Tin Can API)

"an e-learning software specification that allows learning content and learning systems to speak to each other in a manner that records and tracks all type of learning experiences." - Wikipedia

xAPI Learning Analytics of

Student Blog Views (Learning Record Store Data Visualization)

xAPI Statements (actor + verb + object)

Email Analytics (Open, click rate)

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