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Egle Gedrimiene, Anni Silvola, Jouni Pursiainen, Jarmo Rusanen & Hanni Muukkonen (2020) Learning Analytics in Education: Literature Review and Case Examples From Vocational Education, Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 64:7, 1105-1119, DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2019.1649718

Learning analytics in education : literature review and case examples from vocational education

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Author: Gedrimiene, Egle1; Silvola, Anni1; Pursiainen, Jouni2;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Chemistry, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3The Geography Research Unit of the University of Oulu , University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2021-02-28


Vocational education and training (VET) remain overlooked in learning analytics (LA) research. This systematic literature review, using four databases and other sources, was carried out by analyzing selected 60 articles (2012–2017) to study the levels and stages of education that the reviewed LA literature examined. The review indicated that most of the analyzed papers focused on the course level, followed by student and institution levels in higher education. Few empirical studies have addressed LA use during the VET stage, particularly at the governmental level. We also considered ethical concerns and recommendations for further LA development in VET. It is suggested to use LA in knowledge transfer and integration between the classroom and workplace.

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Series: Scandinavian journal of educational research
ISSN: 0031-3831
ISSN-E: 1470-1170
ISSN-L: 0031-3831
Volume: 2020; 64
Issue: 7
Pages: 1105 - 1119
DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2019.1649718
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: © 2019 Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research on 29 Aug 2019, available online: