What do you mean by collaboration analytics? A conceptual model

Roberto Martinez-Maldonado, Dragan Gašević, Vanessa Echeverria, Gloria Fernandez Nieto, Zachari Swiecki, Simon Buckingham Shum

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Using data to generate a deeper understanding of collaborative learning is not new, but automatically analyzing log data has enabled new means of identifying key indicators of effective collaboration and teamwork that can be used to predict outcomes and personalize feedback. Collaboration analytics is emerging as a new term to refer to computational methods for identifying salient aspects of collaboration from multiple group data sources for learners, educators, or other stakeholders to gain and act upon insights. Yet, it remains unclear how collaboration analytics go beyond previous work focused on modelling group interactions for the purpose of adapting instruction. This paper provides a conceptual model of collaboration analytics to help researchers and designers identify the opportunities enabled by such innovations to advance knowledge in, and provide enhanced support for, collaborative learning and teamwork. We argue that mapping from low-level data to higher-order constructs that are educationally meaningful, and that can be understood by educators and learners, is essential to assessing the validity of collaboration analytics. Through four cases, the paper illustrates the critical role of theory, task design, and human factors in the design of interfaces that inform actionable insights for improving collaboration and group learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-153
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Learning Analytics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2021


  • collaborative learning
  • teamwork
  • CSCL
  • CSCW
  • multimodal learning analytics
  • group work
  • learning design

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