Catalog Home Page

Exploratory analysis in learning analytics

Gibson, D. and de Freitas, S. (2016) Exploratory analysis in learning analytics. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 21 (1). pp. 5-19.

Link to Published Version:
*Subscription may be required


This article summarizes the methods, observations, challenges and implications for exploratory analysis drawn from two learning analytics research projects. The cases include an analysis of a games-based virtual performance assessment and an analysis of data from 52,000 students over a 5-year period at a large Australian university. The complex datasets were analyzed and iteratively modeled with a variety of computationally intensive methods to provide the most effective outcomes for learning assessment, performance management and learner tracking. The article presents the research contexts, the tools and methods used in the exploratory phases of analysis, the major findings and the implications for learning analytics research methods.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Springer
Copyright: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
Item Control Page Item Control Page