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Learning analytics experience among academics in Australia and Malaysia: A comparison ARTICLE

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Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Volume 34, Number 3, ISSN 0814-673X Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Abstract

Several studies have been conducted to evaluate the experience and involvement of academics in learning analytics (LA) due to its potential for improving teaching and learning. However, findings often reflect an educational culture which is indicative of the institutional or national context where the study has occurred, resulting in bias regarding LA perspectives. Therefore, this study seeks to compare and contrast the experiences of LA among academics in Australia and Malaysia, with intentions to learn from each other\u2019s experience. Areas of comparison were: (1) academics\u2019 involvement in LA activities; (2) academics\u2019 responses to the institutional capacity in supporting LA; and 3) academics\u2019 concerns about the ethical issues surrounding LA. A survey of 353 Australian and 224 Malaysian academics revealed similarities and differences. It is evident from these results that the context and infrastructure for LA are at different stages of development in both countries. Nevertheless, the results provide an interesting reflection on academics\u2019 needs, institutional understanding, policies, and educational cultural biases in applying LA in teaching and learning in higher education institutions.

Citation

West, D., Tasir, Z., Luzeckyj, A., Si Na, K., Toohey, D., Abdullah, Z., Searle, B., Farhana Jumaat, N. & Price, R. (2018). Learning analytics experience among academics in Australia and Malaysia: A comparison. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 34(3),. Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Retrieved August 18, 2018 from .

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