Learning analytics in higher education - Challenges and policies: a review of eight learning analytics policies

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This paper presents the results of a review of eight policies for learning analytics of relevance for higher education, and discusses how these policies have tried to address prominent challenges in the adoption of learning analytics, as identified in the literature. The results show that more considerations need to be given to establishing communication channels among stakeholders and adopting pedagogy-based approaches to learning analytics. It also reveals the shortage of guidance for developing data literacy among end-users and evaluating the progress and impact of learning analytics. Moreover, the review highlights the need to establish formalised guidelines to monitor the soundness, effectiveness, and legitimacy of learning analytics. As interest in learning analytics among higher education institutions continues to grow, this review will provide insights into policy and strategic planning for the adoption of learning analytics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLAK'17 Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationThe Seventh International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference: Understanding, Informing and Improving Learning with Data
EditorsInge Molenaar, Xavier Ochoa, Shane Dawson
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348706
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2017 - Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 Mar 201717 Mar 2017
Conference number: 7th


ConferenceInternational Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleLAK 2017
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  • Challenge
  • Code of practice
  • Higher education
  • Learning analytics
  • Policy
  • Strategy

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