Introduction to the Special Issue on Learning Analytics

Caroline Haythornthwaite, Maarten de Laat, Shane Dawson

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This introduction to the special issue on learning analytics provides an overview of the area, acknowledging the research traditions it emerges from, such as computer-supported collaborative learning, academic analytics, and educational data mining, and the way the field aims to bridge from technological innovation to learning purposes. The introduction provides examples of areas and educational stakeholders who are served by and can benefit from learning analytics initiatives, referring throughout to the articles in this special issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1371-1379
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • academic analytics
  • computer-supported collaborative learning
  • educational data mining
  • learning analytics
  • networked learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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