LA-DECK: a card-based learning analytics co-design tool

Carlos Prieto Alvarez, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Simon Buckingham Shum

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Human-centred software design gives all stakeholders an active voice in the design of the systems that they are expected to use. However, this is not yet commonplace in Learning Analytics (LA). Co-design techniques from other domains therefore have much to offer to LA, in principle, but there are few detailed accounts of exactly how such sessions unfold. This paper presents the rationale driving a card-based co-design tool specifically tuned for LA, called LA-DECK. In the context of a pilot study with students, educators, LA researchers and developers, we provide qualitative and quantitative accounts of how participants used the cards. Using three different forms of analysis (transcript-centric design vignettes, card-graphs and time-on-topic), we characterise in what ways the sessions were "participatory" in nature, and argue that the cards succeeded in playing very similar roles to those documented in the literature on successful card-based design tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLAK20 Conference Proceedings - Celebrating 10 years of LAK: Shaping the future of the field
Subtitle of host publicationThe Tenth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge
EditorsVitomir Kovanović, Maren Scheffel, Niels Pinkwart, Katrien Verbert
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377126
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2020 - Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 23 Mar 202027 Mar 2020
Conference number: 10th (Website) (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2020
Abbreviated titleLAK 2020
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  • Cards
  • Co-design
  • Learning analytics
  • Participatory design

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