Moving beyond a fashion: likely paths and pitfalls for learning analytics

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Jones, David and Beer, Colin. 2012. "Moving beyond a fashion: likely paths and pitfalls for learning analytics." Inaugural SoLAR Southern Flare Conference (SSFC 2012). Sydney, Australia 29 - 30 Nov 2012
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Moving beyond a fashion: likely paths and pitfalls for learning analytics

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsJones, David (Author) and Beer, Colin (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the Inaugural SoLAR Southern Flare Conference (SSFC 2012)
Number of Pages3
Year2012
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/conferences/index.php/SoLAR/SSFC12/paper/view/439
Conference/EventInaugural SoLAR Southern Flare Conference (SSFC 2012)
Event Details
Inaugural SoLAR Southern Flare Conference (SSFC 2012)
Event Date
29 to end of 30 Nov 2012
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

This session seeks to identify a range of broader considerations that are necessary to move learning analytics beyond being just the next fashion. It proposes three likely paths Australian universities may take in their adoption of learning analytics. It will argue that at least one of these paths is dominant and that the best outcomes will be achieved when institutions combine all three paths into a contextually appropriate strategy. It will identify a range of pitfalls specific to each path and another set of pitfalls common to all three paths. This is informed by experience from a four year old project exploring learning analytics within an Australian university (Beer, Clark, & Jones, 2010; Beer, Jones, & Clark, 2009; Beer, Jones, & Clarke, 2012), broader experience in e-learning, and insights from the learning analytics, education, management and information systems literature. This work will inform the next round of design-based research that is seeking to explore how and with what impacts academics can be encouraged to use learning analytics to inform individual pedagogical practice.

Keywordsuniversities; online resources; Australia; e-learning; information management; higher education research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390405. Educational technology and computing
390303. Higher education
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
Central Queensland University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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