Learning-centred translucence: an approach to understand how teachers talk about classroom data

Rita Prestigiacomo, Roger Hadgraft, Jane Hunter, Lori Locker, Simon Knight, Elise Van Den Hoven, Roberto Martinez-Maldonado

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Teachers are increasingly being encouraged to embrace evidencebased practices. Learning analytics (LA) offer great promise in supporting these by providing evidence for teachers and learners to make informed decisions and transform the educational experience. However, LA limitations and their uptake by educators are coming under critical scrutiny. This is in part due to the lack of involvement of teachers and learners in the design of LA tools. In this paper, we propose a human-centred approach to generate understanding of teachers' data needs through the lens of three key principles of translucence: visibility, awareness and accountability. We illustrate our approach through a participatory design sprint to identify how teachers talk about classroom data. We describe teachers' perspectives on the evidence they need for making better-informed decisions and discuss the implications of our approach for the design of human-centred LA in the next years.

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 pages6
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
https://lak20.solaresearch.org (Website)
https://dl-acm-org.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3375462 (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2020
Abbreviated titleLAK 2020
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  • Evidence-based decision-making
  • Human-centred design

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