Learning Analytics Explained draws extensively from case studies and interviews with experts in order to discuss emerging applications of the new field of learning analytics. Educational institutions increasingly collect data on students and their learning experiences, a practice that helps enhance courses, identify learners who require support, and provide a more personalized learning experience. There is, however, a corresponding need for guidance on how to carry out institutional projects, intervene effectively with students, and assess legal and ethical issues. This book provides that guidance while also covering the evolving technical architectures, standards, and products within the field.
An extremely necessary book for those of us interested and engaged in Learning Analytics. The book touches every critical aspect of the topic, from technology to ethics. I have found specially useful the detailed resource list at the end of every chapter to continue my research wherever I felt I needed more. The mixture of short excerpts from interviews with experts around the world and the author's explanation of each area works well -though I had my own doubts when I started reading-. The book has answered many of my initial questions, and has generated many more, which I gather as a good result. Definitely recommended.