We’re delighted to announce a Special Section of the Journal of Learning Analytics, published this week, focusing on the challenge of Learning Analytics for 21st Century Competencies. In our editorial we introduce the nature of the challenge, and after summarising the different researcher and practitioner papers, propose a complex systems approach which takes seriously the ‘layers, loops and processes’ of learning infrastructures and the iterative relationship between the human and the digital, where people learn at the nodes of networked flows of information.
Learning analytics is an emerging field powered by the paradigm shifts of the information age. Pedagogy and learning that produce students capable of thriving in conditions of complexity, risk, and challenge by taking responsibility for their own learning journeys, and using technology and analytics to scaffold this process is at the heart of the challenge. It is an emergent field, still struggling to find its way. These papers represent a unique ‘window’ into this programme from the viewpoint of both users and researchers.
You can enjoy full access to all the articles, since JLA is an open access journal.
I gave an overview of the topic and some of the papers in the above volume in this talk to the Asian Learning Analytics Summer Institute, with thanks to Yong-Sang Cho and the LASI-Asia team for the kind invitation…
SPECIAL SECTION: LEARNING ANALYTICS FOR 21ST CENTURY COMPETENCIES
Simon Buckingham Shum, Ruth Deakin Crick
Andrew Gibson, Kirsty Kitto, Peter Bruza
Caitlin K. Martin, Denise Nacu, Nichole Pinkard
Sandra Kaye Milligan, Patrick Griffin
Andrew Edward Krumm, Rachel Beattie, Sola Takahashi, Cynthia D’Angelo, Mingyu Feng, Britte Cheng
Bodong Chen, Jianwei Zhang
Robin Paul Nagy
Darrall G Thompson