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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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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISBN: 1-138-18493-4, 978-1-138-18493-0
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Learning Analytics Community Exchange (H-13-001-DC)619424EC (European Commission): FP (inc.Horizon2020 & ERC schemes)
Keywords: learning analytics; implementation; futures
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 52762
Depositing User: Rebecca Ferguson
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 14:40
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 21:34
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