Paul Prinsloo is an Educational Researcher at the University of South Africa, the biggest distance learning institution on the African continent. In this interview (filmed at the LAK15 conference” he discusses how learning analytics has become more interdisciplinary over the last three years to include sociologists, educationalists and philosphers. He believes this move “enriches the discourse immensely”.
For the future, Paul thinks that the need for evidence is going to continue to increase and that the community “needs to take a critical approach” to how we see data and the assumptions and expectations we have. “I would like to see a much more critical, cynical, sober approach to what data can and cannot do” he says. He believes that applying learning analytics approaches “may increase out understanding of the complexity of learning and why some learners are more successful than others”.
This interview was recorded by Tore Hoel, Hendrik Drachsler and Maren Scheffel for the LACE project. All the project interviews are available on the project YouTube channel.