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Learning analytics and study behaviour: A pilot study

Phillips, R., Maor, D.ORCID: 0000-0002-0743-4755, Cumming-Potvin, W.ORCID: 0000-0002-4961-9379, Roberts, P., Herrington, J.ORCID: 0000-0002-9960-4677, Preston, G., Moore, E. and Perry, L. (2011) Learning analytics and study behaviour: A pilot study. In: Proceedings ASCILITE 2011 - Changing Demands, Changing Directions, 4 - 7 December 2011, Hobart, Australia pp. 997-1007.

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The analysis of student access to learning management systems and web-based lecture capture systems is a growing area of interest for teachers in higher education wishing to improve the student learning experience. The data trails left by students as they engage in these environments can be accessed and analysed for meaning. This paper describes a study conducted as part of a wider multi-university study into student study behaviour. It offers a detailed snapshot of four students whose access to Lectopia recordings were tracked and analysed, and who were subsequently interviewed to confirm or disconfirm assumptions made about their study methods from the analysis. The data revealed that a surface analysis using learning analytics was largely insufficient to determine student study characteristics, but qualitative data provided rich information to supplement the analysis. Suggestions are made for further research into how this emerging methodology can be further developed and strengthened.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Copyright: © 2011 Rob Phillips, Dorit Maor, Wendy Cumming-Potvin, Pauline Roberts, Jan Herrington, Greg Preston & Elizabeth Moore
Notes: Appears In: Changing demands, changing directions: Proceedings ascilite 2011 Hobart
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