Learning Analytics for Professional and Workplace Learning: A Literature Review

  • Adolfo Ruiz-CallejaEmail author
  • Luis P. Prieto
  • Tobias Ley
  • María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana
  • Sebastian Dennerlein
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10474)


Despite the ubiquity of learning in the everyday life of most workplaces, the learning analytics community only has paid attention to such settings very recently. One probable reason for this oversight is the fact that learning in the workplace is often informal, hard to grasp and not univocally defined. This paper summarizes the state of the art of Workplace Learning Analytics (WPLA), extracted from a systematic literature review of five academic databases as well as other known sources in the WPLA community. Our analysis of existing proposals discusses particularly on the role of different conceptions of learning and their influence on the LA proposals’ design and technology choices. We end the paper by discussing opportunities for future work in this emergent field.


Workplace Learning Professional development Learning Analytics Learning metaphors 



This research has been partially funded by the European Union in the context of CEITER and the Next-Lab (Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, grant agreements no. 669074 and 731685).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adolfo Ruiz-Calleja
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luis P. Prieto
    • 1
  • Tobias Ley
    • 1
  • María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sebastian Dennerlein
    • 3
  1. 1.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia
  2. 2.École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Graz University of TechnologyGrazAustria

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