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Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions

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While a large number of scientific publications explain the development of prototypes or the implementation of case studies in detail, descriptions of the challenges and proper solutions when implementing learning analytics initiatives are rare. In this chapter, we provide a practical tool that can be used to identify risks and challenges that arise when implementing learning analytics (LA) initiatives and discuss how to approach these to find acceptable solutions. In this way, implementers are given the opportunity to handle challenges early on and avoid being surprised at a critical moment in the project, which will save time, resources, and effort. We are aware that all aspects needed to successfully carry out learning analytics initiatives are co-dependent. Nonetheless, we identified and categorized the criteria necessary for implementing successful learning analytics initiatives. We conclude this chapter with an overview of the challenges faced and possible approaches that can be taken to facilitate the successful implementation of learning analytics.

Keywords

  • Learning analytics
  • Implementation
  • Challenge
  • Higher education

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This research project is co-funded by the European Commission Erasmus+ program, in the context of the project 562167EPP-1-2015-1-BE-EPPKA3- PI-FORWARD. Please visit our website http://stelaproject.eu.

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Leitner, P., Ebner, M., Ebner, M. (2019). Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions. In: Ifenthaler, D., Mah, DK., Yau, JK. (eds) Utilizing Learning Analytics to Support Study Success. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-64792-0_6

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