Learning analytics: Anything more than just another fad?

I’m currently thinking about a potential contribution to the SoLAR Southern Flare Conference on Learning Analytics in about a month or so. The early shape of that contribution is online and my last few posts have been summarising some explorations through various areas of the literature. Not the learning analytics literature, but broader literature on

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The quest to make sense of information: A research commentary

The following is a summary of / reflection upon Caesarius, L., & Lindvall, J. (2011). The quest to make sense of information: A research commentary. Nordic Academy of Management Conference 2011 (pp. 1–7). Stockholm, Sweeden. I found a reference to the paper online and the authors have been kind enough to share a copy of

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Numbers Are Not Enough. Why e-Learning Analytics Failed to Inform an Institutional Strategic Plan

The following has some reflection/questions generated while reading Macfadyen, L. P., & Dawson, S. (2012). Numbers Are Not Enough. Why e-Learning Analytics Failed to Inform an Institutional Strategic Plan. Educational Technology & Society, 15 (3), 149–163. The abstract for the paper is Learning analytics offers higher education valuable insights that can inform strategic decision-making regarding

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The Texas sharpshooter fallacy and other issues for learning analytics

Becoming somewhat cynical about the headlong rush toward learning analytics I’m commencing an exploration of the problems associated with big data, data science and some of the other areas which form the foundation for learning analytics. The following is an ad hoc collection of some initial resources I’ve found and need to engage with. Feel

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