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Analytics and complexity: learning and leading for the future

conference contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Colin BeerColin Beer, David JonesDavid Jones, Damien ClarkDamien Clark
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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Wellington, New Zealand


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite)

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Wellington. New Zealand

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  • Yes

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Conference; Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC); Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC); Office of Learning and Teaching; University of Southern Queensland;

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Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Conference