Fostering an impactful field of learning analytics

Simon Knight, Alyssa Wise, Xavier Ochoa

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Over 2019, the breadth of articles published in the Journal of Learning Analytics reflects the diversity of contributions to the field, including quantitative, qualitative, and design-based studies and contributions through the different submission types (Research, Practical, Data and Tools, and Book Review). This year, we have also published two special sections. The first is a set of empirical papers related to the emerging area of human-centred learning analytics (HCLA). In this section, five sets of authors each address the core challenge of how to design and implement learning analytics in ways that are people-centric rather than technology-centric to achieve impact in the field. The second is a new format for the journal, an invited dialogue around a critical community issue. In this section, Neil Selwyn asks the intentionally provocative question, “What’s the problem with learning analytics?,” which is engaged with by four respondents from the community, representing a variety of perspectives. Both of these special sections tackle, in their own way, a central issue for the learning analytics community: how we ensure that the work we do has a positive impact in the world.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Learning Analytics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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