Importance of Theory in Learning Analytics in Formal and Workplace Settings

Shane Dawson, Negin Mirriahi, Dragan Gasevic

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This issue is a call for researchers and practitioners to reflect on progress to date and understand the criticality of theory – how it facilitates interpretation of findings but also how it can also restrict and confine our thinking through the assumptions many theoretical models bring. As education paradigms further shift and juxtapose informal and formal learning settings there is a need to re‐visit any underlying theoretical assumptions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
JournalJournal of Learning Analytics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2015


  • learning analytics
  • learning theory
  • workplace learning
  • formal education


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