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Research: generating analytics questions

'Human readiness' for learning analytics isn't a given. It's important to ask under what circumstances learning analytics might be welcomed by teaching staff, students, and other decision-makers - in principle and practice.

 

The work of Anna Lea Dyckhoff advances a view of learning analytics as answering action research questions posed by teaching staff. Carrying out similar studies for other stakeholders - particularly students and departmental administrators - could both feed into a needs analysis and also sensitise tool designers to synergies and frictions. It could ultimately contribute to a sense of ownership and positivity about learning analytics.

 

Dyckhoff, A.L., 2011. Implications for Learning Analytics Tools: A Meta-Analysis of Applied Research Questions. International Journal of Computer Information Systems and Industrial Management Applications 3, 594–601.

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