Evidence of the month: Systematic literature review

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Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. Everyone is welcome to add  to the Hub site, which you can visit via one of the tabs at the top of this page.

The Evidence of the Month for June 2015 is a literature review that is intended to provide a comprehensive background for understanding current knowledge related to learning analytics and educational data mining and its impact on adaptive learning. Its authors examined the literature on experimental case studies conducted in the domain between 2008 and 2013. They analysed and categorised the research questions, methodology and findings of the 40 published papers that met their inclusion criteria, and went on to evaluate and interpret the findings of these papers. They also developed a SWOT (strengths, weakness, threats and opportunities) analysis of the field.

Papamitsiou, Z., & Economides, A. A. (2014). Learning analytics and educational data mining in practice: a systematic literature review of empirical evidence. Educational Technology & Society, 17(4), 49-64.

In terms of the LACE Evidence Hub, the literature review is particularly interesting, because it summarises the findings of these key papers, classifying the pedagogical results in terms of formal and non-formal learning. It thus provides an overview of current evidence in the field, as well as evidence of the scale of deployment.

 

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Rebecca is a lecturer at The Open University in the UK, focused on educational futures, learning analytics, MOOCs, augmented learning and online social learning. She is a member of the steering committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and was Workshops Chair of the second Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK 2012). She co-chaired the 1st and 2nd International Workshops on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics, held in Belgium and the US, as well as the first UK SoLAR Flare (a national learning analytics event). Her most recent publication is the book ‘Augmented Education’, published by Palgrave in May 2014. Rebecca is working on the LACE work package relating to learning analytics in higher education.

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