While I'm not disagreeing with the criticisms of learning analytics in this post, I'm not exactly agreeing with the argument that we need more humans to do the work. It seems to me that what we really need is better AI. "Someone who is falling behind probably needs personal attention and care from the teacher or at least a TA." Maybe this is true. Or maybe they're failing for reasons that have nothing to do with the course. Or maybe they're failing because of the human in the course. I don't know. I do know that in the era of all-human instruction, lots of students still failed.