Associations between students' approaches to learning and learning analytics visualizations

Marek Hatala, Sanam Shirazi Beheshitha, Dragan Gaševic

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We investigated the connection between Students' Approaches to Learning and different information presented in learning analytics visualizations. Students' approaches to learning are a construct studied in educational psychology. They are context dependent and can be either surface or deep. In a field experiment, we discovered a significant interaction effect between learning analytics visualizations and students' approach to learning on the quality of messages posted by students. The associations were both positive and negative, depending on the combination of information presented in the visualizations and students' approach to learning. The paper contributes to the development of the body of research knowledge that aims to explain of how aptitude constructs from educational psychology interact with learning analytics visualizations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLAL 2016 - Learning Analytics for Learners
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the LAK 2016 Workshop on Learning Analytics for Learners Edinburgh, Scotland, April 26, 2016
EditorsSusan Bull, Blandine M Ginon, Judy Kay, Michael D Kickmeier-Rust, Matthew D Johnson
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherRheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventLearning Analytics for Learners 2016 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Apr 201626 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherRheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


WorkshopLearning Analytics for Learners 2016
Abbreviated titleLAL 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Dashboards
  • Individual differences
  • Learning analytics
  • Online discussions
  • Students' approaches to learning
  • Visualizations

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