Learning Analytics , is there a connection with quality assurance?

I am finding out a bit more around Learning Analytics. There was a hotseat a couple of weeks ago as part of the Networked Learning conference. This looked at Learning Analytics as a dream, nightmare or fairy dust. There was quite a lot of support for the nightmare take. The dark side is always of interest for academics.

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the slides are on Slideshare from ascilite2011

It seems to me that if you accept statistics then quality assurance follows pretty soon. Statistical process control comes out of manufacturing so people in universities may form a resistance. But there may be some aspects that are worth a look.

I have found some links to come back to

Society with a conference coming up

guide to some content, course not active at the moment but plenty of connections including

this has the idea of process.

So I think quality ideas could fit with this, starting with Deming.