Learning Analytics in Higher Education — A Literature Review

Philipp Leitner, Mohammad Khalil, Martin Ebner

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This chapter looks into examining research studies of the last five years and presents the state of the art of Learning Analytics (LA) in the Higher Education (HE) arena. Therefore, we used mixed-method analysis and searched through three popular libraries, including the Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) conference, the SpringerLink, and the Web of Science (WOS) databases. We deeply examined a total of 101 papers during our study. Thereby, we are able to present an overview of the different techniques used by the studies and their associated projects. To gain insights into the trend direction of the different projects, we clustered the publications into their stakeholders. Finally, we tackled the limitations of those studies and discussed the most promising future lines and challenges. We believe the results of this review may assist universities to launch their own LA projects or improve existing ones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning Analytics: Fundaments, Applications, and Trends
EditorsAlejandro Peña-Ayala
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-52977-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-52976-9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2017

Publication series

NameStudies in Systems, Decision and Control

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

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