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"Scaling up" learning design: impact of learning design activities on LMS behavior and performance

Rienties, Bart; Toetenel, Lisette and Bryan, Annie (2015). "Scaling up" learning design: impact of learning design activities on LMS behavior and performance. In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics And Knowledge - LAK '15, ACM, pp. 315–319.

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Abstract

While substantial progress has been made in terms of predictive modeling in the Learning Analytics Knowledge (LAK) community, one element that is often ignored is the role of learning design. Learning design establishes the objectives and pedagogical plans which can be evaluated against the outcomes captured through learning analytics. However, no empirical study is available linking learning designs of a substantial number of courses with usage of Learning Management Systems (LMS) and learning performance. Using cluster- and correlation analyses, in this study we compared how 87 modules were designed, and how this impacted (static and dynamic) LMS behavior and learning performance. Our findings indicate that academics seem to design modules with an "invisible" blueprint in their mind. Our cluster analyses yielded four distinctive learning design patterns: constructivist, assessment-driven, balanced-variety and social constructivist modules. More importantly, learning design activities strongly influenced how students were engaging online. Finally, learning design activities seem to have an impact on learning performance, in particular when modules rely on assimilative activities. Our findings indicate that learning analytics researchers need to be aware of the impact of learning design on LMS data over time, and subsequent academic performance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-3417-2, 978-1-4503-3417-4
Keywords: learning design; learning analytics; academic retention
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
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Item ID: 43505
Depositing User: Bart Rienties
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 09:53
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 06:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/43505
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