That dashboard looks nice, but what does it mean? towards making meaning explicit in learning analytics design

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Abstract

As learning analytics (LA) systems become more common, teachers and students are often required to not only make sense of the user interface (UI) elements of a system, but also to make meaning that is pedagogically appropriate to the learning context. However, we suggest that the dominant way of thinking about the relationship between representation and meaning results in an overemphasis on the UI, and that re-thinking this relationship is necessary to create systems that can facilitate deeper meaning making. We propose a conceptual view as a basis for discussion among the LA and HCI communities around a different way of thinking about meaning making, specifically that it should be explicit in the design process, provoking greater consideration of system level elements such as algorithms, data structures and information flow. We illustrate the application of the conceptualisation with two cases of LA design in the areas of Writing Analytics and Multi-modal Dashboards.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2017)
EditorsAlessandro Soro, Dhaval Vyas, Bernd Ploderer, Ann Morrison, Jenny Waycott, Margot Brereton
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages528-532
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450353793
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2017 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 28 Nov 20171 Dec 2017
Conference number: 29th
http://www.ozchi.org/2017/

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleOzCHI 2017
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period28/11/171/12/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • Embodied cognition
  • Information systems
  • Learning analytics
  • Meaning making
  • User interface design

Cite this

Gibson, A., & Martinez-Maldonado, R. (2017). That dashboard looks nice, but what does it mean? towards making meaning explicit in learning analytics design. In A. Soro, D. Vyas, B. Ploderer, A. Morrison, J. Waycott, & M. Brereton (Eds.), Proceedings of the 29th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2017) (pp. 528-532). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3152771.3156171