Analytics and complexity: learning and leading for the future

Beer, Colin and Jones, David and Clark, Damien (2012) Analytics and complexity: learning and leading for the future. In: 29th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE 2012): Future Challenges, Sustainable Futures, 25-28 Nov 2012, Wellington, New Zealand.

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There is growing interest in the application of learning analytics to manage, inform and improve learning and teaching within higher education. In particular, learning analytics is seen as enabling data-driven decision making as universities are seeking to respond a range of significant challenges that are reshaping the higher education landscape. Experience over four years with a project exploring the use of learning analytics to improve learning and teaching at a particular university has, however, revealed a much more complex reality that potentially limits the value of some analytics-based strategies. This paper uses this experience with over 80,000 students across three learning management systems, combined with literature from complex adaptive systems and learning analytics to identify the source and nature of these limitations along with a suggested path forward.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Colin Beer, David Jones and Damien Clark. The author(s) assign to the ascilite and educational non-profit institutions, a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction, provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to ascilite to publish this document on the ascilite website and in other formats for the Proceedings ascilite 2012. Any other use is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2013 10:37
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning analytics; complex adaptive systems; e-learning; managerialism; higher education research
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology

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