Learning analytics: a firm basis for the future

Ferguson, Rebecca (2017). Learning analytics: a firm basis for the future. In: Sheehy, Kieron and Holliman, Andrew eds. Education and New Technologies: Perils and Promises for Learners. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 162–176.

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Abstract

Learning analytics take the data we leave behind us as we engage with education and use those data to improve teaching and learning. Today, those data are mainly gathered from virtual learning environments. In the future they are likely to include personal and environmental data collected by sensors that we wear or that are embedded in the objects around us. This chapter draws on two international studies to examine the possibilities offered by learning analytics, and the challenges they offer. It provides a set of key questions to ask when developing, implementing or making use of analytics.

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