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Learning analytics are more than a technology

, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom


The analysis of data collected from user interactions with educational and information technology has attracted much attention as a promising approach for advancing our understanding of the learning process. This promise motivated the emergence of the new field learning analytics and mobilized the education sector to embrace the use of data for decision-making. This talk will first introduce the field of learning analytics and touch on lessons learned from some well-known case studies. The talk will then identify critical challenges that require immediate attention in order for learning analytics to make a sustainable impact on research and practice of learning and teaching. The talk will conclude in discussing a set of milestones selected as critical for the maturation of the field of learning analytics. The most important take away from the talk will be that learning analytics are about learning, computational aspects of learning analytics need to be integrated deeply with educational research and practice, and systemic approaches to learning analytics implementation are necessary if system-wide transformation is aimed.


Gasevic, D. (2015). Learning analytics are more than a technology. Presented at E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning 2015. Retrieved August 20, 2019 from .