CEC Faculty Articles

Title

Learning analytics considered harmful

Document Type

Article

Date

6-1-2012

Publication Title

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks

ISSN or ISBN

1939-5256

Volume

16

Issue

3

First Page

87

Last Page

100

Description

This essay is written to present a prospective stance on how learning analytics, as a core evaluative approach, must help instructors uncover the important trends and evidence of quality learner data in the online course. A critique is presented of strategic and tactical issues of learning analytics. The approach to the critique is taken through the lens of questioning the current status of applying learning analytics to online courses. The goal of the discussion is twofold: (1) to inform online learning practitioners (e.g., instructors and administrators) of the potential of learning analytics in online courses and (2) to broaden discussion in the research community about the advancement of learning analytics in online learning. In recognizing the full potential of formalizing big data in online coures, the community must address this issue also in the context of the potentially "harmful" application of learning analytics.

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