Learning Analytics: The Emperors New Clothes?

Sue Milward


Learning Analytics is promising to deliver the power of big data to Higher Education. By extracting meaning from the myriad of data held against a student, Learning Analytics promises to improve student retention and attainment. However, there are challenges to be overcome before the reality can live up to the promises.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v3i1.640


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