Exploring critical factors of the perceived usefulness of a learning analytics dashboard for distance university students

Rets, Irina and Herodotou, Christothea and Bayer, Vaclav and Hlosta, Martin and Rienties, Bart (2021) Exploring critical factors of the perceived usefulness of a learning analytics dashboard for distance university students. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, 18. ISSN 2365-9440

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Abstract

Learning analytics dashboards (LADs) can provide learners with insights about their study progress through visualisations of the learner and learning data. Despite their potential usefulness to support learning, very few studies on LADs have considered learners’ needs and have engaged learners in the process of design and evaluation. Aligning with that, there is a limited understanding of what specific student cohorts, in particular distance and online learners, may seek from LADs to effectively support their studies. In this study, we present findings from 21 interviews with undergraduate distance learners, mainly high performers, that aimed to capture student perceptions about the usefulness of specific LAD features and the factors that explain these perceptions. Our findings revealed that amongst the LAD features favoured by students was the potential to receive study recommendations, whereas comparison with peers was amongst the least favoured elements, unless informed by qualitative information. Factors including information trust, attitudes, age, performance and academic self-confidence were found to explain these perceptions.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
ID Code:
156702
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Deposited On:
12 Jul 2021 15:25
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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05 Dec 2021 08:20