Higher Education Teachers' Experiences with Learning Analytics in Relation to Student Retention

Deborah West, Henk Huijser, David Heath, Alf Lizzio, D Toohey, Carol Miles, Bill Searle, J Bronnimann

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    Abstract

    This paper presents findings from a study of Australian and New Zealand academics (n = 276) that teach tertiary education students. The study aimed to explore participants’ early experiences of learning analytics in a higher education milieu in which data analytics is gaining increasing prominence. Broadly speaking participants were asked about: (1) Their teaching context, (2) Their current student retention activities, (3) Their involvement in, and aspirations for, learning analytics use, (4) Their relationship with their institution around learning analytics. The sampled teaching staff broadly indicated a high level of interest but limited level of substantive involvement in learning analytics projects and capacity building activities. Overall, the intention is to present a critical set of voices that assist in identifying and understanding key issues and draw connections to the broader work being done in the field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)48-60
    Number of pages13
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Educational Technology
    Volume32
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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