From childhood to maturity: Are we there yet? Mapping the intellectual progress in learning analytics during the past decade

Zacharoula Papamitsiou, Michail N. Giannakos, Xavier Ochoa

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Abstract

This study aims to identify the conceptual structure and the thematic progress in Learning Analytics (evolution) and to elaborate on backbone/emerging topics in the field (maturity) from 2011 to September 2019. To address this objective, this paper employs hierarchical clustering, strategic diagrams and network analysis to construct the intellectual map of the Learning Analytics community and to visualize the thematic landscape in this field, using co-word analysis. Overall, a total of 459 papers from the proceedings of the Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) conference and 168 articles published in the Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA), and the respective 3092 author-assigned keywords and 4051 machineextracted key-phrases, were included in the analyses. The results indicate that the community has significantly focused in areas like Massive Open Online Courses and visualizations; Learning Management Systems, assessment and self-regulated learning are also basic topics, yet topics like natural language processing and orchestration are emerging. The analysis highlights the shift of the research interest throughout the past decade, and the rise of new topics, comprising evidence that the field is expanding. Limitations of the approach and future work plans conclude the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLAK 2020 Conference Proceedings - Celebrating 10 years of LAK
Subtitle of host publicationShaping the Future of the Field - 10th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages559-568
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450377126
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 23 2020
Event10th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge: Shaping the Future of the Field, LAK 2020 - Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: Mar 23 2020Mar 27 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge: Shaping the Future of the Field, LAK 2020
CountryGermany
CityFrankfurt
Period3/23/203/27/20

Keywords

  • Bibliometrics
  • Co-word analysis
  • Conceptual evolution
  • Learning analytics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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