Despite the growing popularity of learning analytics in higher education, its development status in Asia was barely studied. This paper reports a study on the development of learning analytics in higher education in Asia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight senior managers or senior academics from various tertiary institutions in Asia. The participants were asked about their institutions’ position on learning analytics, the progress in its implementation, factors leading to effective implementation, and challenges encountered, if any. The results showed that in those institutions where learning analytics has been implemented, it aimed mainly at enhancing student retention, pedagogy and student learning experience. Its effective implementation relies on support from senior management, and taking students’ views into account in decision-making. The participants’ institutions encountered difficulties due to teachers’ and students’ concerns, such as the increased workload and data privacy, as well as technical issues in data collection, processing and analysis. In short, though starting late in Asia, learning analytics has been gradually gaining attention and is being implemented. The future directions of research and practices in learning analytics are also discussed.
|Title of host publication||Technology in education : innovative solutions and practices : Third International Conference, ICTE 2018, Hong Kong, China, January 9-11, 2018, revised selected papers|
|Editors||Simon K. S. Cheung, Jeanne Lam, Kam Cheong Li, Oliver Au, Will W. K. Ma, Wai-Shing Ho|
|Place of Publication||Singapore|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Name||Communications in Computer and Information Science|
Extended paper from the Third International Conference on Technology in Education, ICTE 2018, held in Hong Kong, China, in January 2018.