Current state and future trends: A citation network analysis of the learning analytics field

Shane Dawson, Dragan Gasevic, George Siemens, Srecko Joksimovic

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper provides an evaluation of the current state of the field of learning analytics through analysis of articles and citations occurring in the LAK conferences and identified special issue journals. The emerging field of learning analytics is at the intersection of numerous academic disciplines, and therefore draws on a diversity of methodologies, theories and underpinning scientific assumptions. Through citation analysis and structured mapping we aimed to identify the emergence of trends and disciplinary hierarchies that are influencing the development of the field to date. The results suggest that there is some fragmentation in the major disciplines (computer science and education) regarding conference and journal representation. The analyses also indicate that the commonly cited papers are of a more conceptual nature than empirical research reflecting the need for authors to define the learning analytics space. An evaluation of the current state of learning analytics provides numerous benefits for the development of the field, such as a guide for under-represented areas of research and to identify the disciplines that may require more strategic and targeted support and funding opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM International Conference Proceeding Series
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Pages231-240
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)1595930361, 9781595930361
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event4th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2014 - Indianapolis, IN, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Mar 201428 Mar 2014

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityIndianapolis, IN
Period24/03/1428/03/14

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Author networks
  • Citation analysis
  • Learning analytics
  • Social network analysis

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