Driving Data Storytelling from Learning Design

Vanessa Echeverria, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Roger Granda, Katherine Chiluiza, Cristina Conati, Simon Buckingham Shum

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Data science is now impacting the education sector, with a growing number of commercial products and research prototypes providing learning dashboards. From a human-centred computing perspective, the end-user’s interpretation of these visualisations is a critical challenge to design for, with empirical evidence already showing that ‘usable’ visualisations are not necessarily effective from a learning perspective. Since an educator’s interpretation of visualised data is essentially the construction of a narrative about student progress, we draw on the growing body of work on Data Storytelling (DS) as the inspiration for a set of enhancements that could be applied to data visualisations to improve their communicative power. We present a pilot study that explores the effectiveness of these DS elements based on educators’ responses to paper prototypes. The dual purpose is understanding the contribution of each visual element for data storytelling, and the effectiveness of the enhancements when combined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK'18)
EditorsSimon Buckingham Shum, Rebecca Ferguson, Agathe Merceron, Xavier Ochoa
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364003
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2018 - SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 5 Mar 20189 Mar 2018
Conference number: 8th
https://latte-analytics.sydney.edu.au/ (Conference website)
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3170358 (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleLAK 2018
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  • Dashboards
  • Data storytelling
  • Visual design
  • Visualisations

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