What do European students expect from Learning Analytics?

To help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) develop and implement Learning Analytics systems that support students’ learning, a new article of Sebastian Wollny et al. investigates in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning the individual LA expectations of European higher education students. In this article a ‘Student Expectations of Learning Analytics Questionnaire’ (SELAQ) survey with 417 participating students was applied at the Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) and compared with responses of students from Madrid (Spain), Edinburgh (United Kingdom) and the Netherlands.

Results: The results show that students’ expectations at Goethe University Frankfurt itself are rather homogeneous regarding ‘LA Ethics and Privacy’ and ‘LA Service Features’. Furthermore, it reveals that European students generally show a consistent pattern of expectations of LA with a high degree of similarity across the HEIs examined.

Take-aways: In a nutshell, the results suggest that European HEIs face more similar than anticipated challenges when implementing LA and that they can benefit from sharing experiences and best practices with each other.

The fulltext is available as open access publication:
Wollny, S., Di Mitri, D., Jivet, I.,Muñoz-Merino, P., Scheffel, M., Schneider, J., Tsai, Y.-S.,Whitelock-Wainwright, A., Gasevic, D., & Drachsler, H. (2023).Students’ expectations of Learning Analytics across Europe.Journal of Computer Assisted Learning,1–14.https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12802