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ERIC Number: EJ1154218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-2517
Learning Analytics: Challenges and Limitations
Wilson, Anna; Watson, Cate; Thompson, Terrie Lynn; Drew, Valerie; Doyle, Sarah
Teaching in Higher Education, v22 n8 p991-1007 2017
Learning analytic implementations are increasingly being included in learning management systems in higher education. We lay out some concerns with the way learning analytics--both data and algorithms--are often presented within an unproblematized Big Data discourse. We describe some potential problems with the often implicit assumptions about learning and learners--and indeed the tendency not to theorize learning explicitly--that underpin such implementations. Finally, we describe an attempt to devise our own analytics, grounded in a sociomaterial conception of learning. We use the data obtained to suggest that the relationships between learning and the digital traces left by participants in online learning are far from trivial, and that any analytics that relies on these as proxies for learning tends towards a behaviorist evaluation of learning processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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