The missing link for learning from analytics


  • Cathy Gunn
  • Jenny McDonald
  • Claire Donald
  • Marion Blumenstein
  • John Milne



Learning analytics, SoTL, professional development, learning technology innovations


Learning analytics is an area of growing importance in higher education. Lead practitioners acknowledge this development as a convergence of many fields, including educational data mining, technology systems development, learning design and SoTL, and encourage synergistic connections. Past experience of learning technology innovations shows that incentives and professional development for teachers are keys to successful adoption, along with easy to use tools, evidence of benefits and institutional support. However, current literature shows little evidence of initiatives designed to forge connections between these fields of practice, and a review of papers from a leading learning analytics conference does not identify professional development as a priority. This paper outlines a professional development initiative designed to address this gap and make learning analytics practice accessible to tertiary teachers. The area needs urgent attention if the potential of learning analytics to increase knowledge about learning and inform learning design is to be realized.






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