The analysis of data collected from user interactions with educational and information technology has attracted much attention as a promising approach for advancing our understanding of the learning process. This promise motivated the emergence of the new field learning analytics and mobilized the education sector to embrace the use of data for decision-making. This talk will first introduce the field of learning analytics and touch on lessons learned from some well-known case studies. The talk will then identify critical challenges that require immediate attention in order for learning analytics to make a sustainable impact on learning, teaching, and decision making. The talk will conclude by discussing a set of milestones selected as critical for the maturation of the field of learning analytics. The most important take away from the talk will be that
- systemic approaches to the development and adoption of learning analytics are critical,
- multidisciplinary teams are necessary to unlock a full potential of learning analytics, and
- capacity development at institutional levels through the inclusion of diverse stakeholders is essential for full learning analytics adoption.
This is the second edition of the talk that previously gave under the same title on several occasions. The second edition reflects many developments happened in the field of learning analytics, especially those in the following two projects - http://he-analytics.com and http://sheilaproject.eu.