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The Potential of Learning Analytics to Systematically Address Diverse Learning Needs and Improve Student Retention in Australian Higher Education

Huijser, Henk, West, Deborah and Heath, David (2015). The Potential of Learning Analytics to Systematically Address Diverse Learning Needs and Improve Student Retention in Australian Higher Education. Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,3(1).

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IRMA ID 84550754xPUB106
Title The Potential of Learning Analytics to Systematically Address Diverse Learning Needs and Improve Student Retention in Australian Higher Education
Author Huijser, Henk
West, Deborah
Heath, David
Journal Name Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2382-5855   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 19
Place of Publication Singapore
Publisher Teaching & Learning Centre, SIM University
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This paper reports on partial findings of an Australian Office for Learning and Teaching funded project entitled Learning Analytics: Assisting Universities with Student Retention. The potential of learning analytics to address diverse learning needs in a systematic and responsive manner is discussed, focusing on how the use of learning analytics can assist in developing responsive and student-centred curricula, and by extension improve student retention. Potential uses of learning analytics to address diverse learning needs and improve retention are explored, as is current use by academics. The paper first provides a literature review with a focus on the potential impact of learning analytics on student retention, and student success and engagement, before reporting on academic-level qualitative data of the project. These qualitative data for this paper are retrieved from a combination of surveys and focused interviews with academics across the Australian higher education sector. The key findings indicate that learning analytics is currently still a potential source of confusion for many academics, that institutional context is a crucial factor, and that a need exists for proactive communication about learning analytics planning and strategy by institutional leaders.
Keywords Learning analytics
Student-centred learning
Student retention
Higher education
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