Analytics and complexity: learning and leading for the future

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Beer, Colin, Jones, David and Clark, Damien. 2012. "Analytics and complexity: learning and leading for the future." Brown, M., Hartnett, M. and Stewart, T. M. (ed.) 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2012). Wellington, New Zealand 25 - 28 Nov 2012 Gold Coast, Australia.
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Analytics and complexity: learning and leading for the future

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AuthorsBeer, Colin (Author), Jones, David (Author) and Clark, Damien (Author)
EditorsBrown, M., Hartnett, M. and Stewart, T. M.
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2012)
Number of Pages10
Year2012
Place of PublicationGold Coast, Australia
ISBN9780473229894
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Conference/Event29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2012)
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29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2012)
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Abstract

There is growing interest in the application of learning analytics to manage, inform and improve learning and teaching within higher education. In particular, learning analytics is seen as enabling data-driven decision making as universities are seeking to respond a range of significant challenges that are reshaping the higher education landscape. Experience over four years with a project exploring the use of learning analytics to improve learning and teaching at a particular university has, however, revealed a much more complex reality that potentially limits the value of some analytics-based strategies. This paper uses this experience with over 80,000 students across three learning management systems, combined with literature from complex adaptive systems and learning analytics to identify the source and nature of these limitations along with a suggested path forward.

Keywordslearning analytics; complex adaptive systems; e-learning; managerialism; higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390303. Higher education
390409. Learning sciences
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© 2012 Colin Beer, David Jones and Damien Clark.
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Byline AffiliationsCentral Queensland University
Faculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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