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

Deborah West, Henk Huijser, David Heath, Alf Lizzio, Danny Toohey, Carol Miles

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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
Title of host publicationascilite2015
Subtitle of host publicationAustralasian Society for Computers in Learning and Tertiary Education Curtin University, Perth, Australia : Conference Proceedings
PublisherCurtin University
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventAscilite 2015 - Curtin University, Bentley, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 20152 Dec 2015


ConferenceAscilite 2015

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  • Learning Analytics
  • Student Retention
  • Higher Education


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