Exploratory versus Explanatory Visual Learning Analytics: Driving Teachers’ Attention through Educational Data Storytelling

Authors

  • Vanessa Echeverria University of Technology Sydney, Connected Intelligence Centre http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2022-9588
  • Roberto Martinez-Maldonado University of Technology Sydney
  • Simon Buckingham Shum University of Technology Sydney
  • Katherine Chiluiza Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL
  • Roger Granda Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL
  • Cristina Conati University of British Columbia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18608/jla.2018.53.6

Keywords:

human-centred design, storytelling, eye-tracking

Abstract

From a human-centred computing perspective, supporting the interpretation of educational dashboards and visualizations by the people intended to use them exposes critical design challenges that may often be trivialized. Empirical evidence already shows that “usable” visualizations are not necessarily effective from an educational perspective. Since an educator’s interpretation of visualized data is essentially the construction of a narrative about student progress, in this paper, we propose the concept of “Educational Data Storytelling” as an approach for explaining student data by aligning educational visualizations with the intended learning design. We present a pilot study that explores the effectiveness of these data storytelling elements based on educator responses to prototypes by analyzing the kinds of stories they articulate, their eye-tracking behaviour, and their preferences after inspecting a series of student data visualizations. The dual purpose is to understand the contribution of each visual element for data storytelling, as well as the effectiveness of the enhancements when combined.

Author Biography

Vanessa Echeverria, University of Technology Sydney, Connected Intelligence Centre

PhD student in Learning Analytics at University of Technology Sydney - Connected Intelligence Centre

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Published

2018-11-24

How to Cite

Echeverria, V., Martinez-Maldonado, R., Buckingham Shum, S., Chiluiza, K., Granda, R., & Conati, C. (2018). Exploratory versus Explanatory Visual Learning Analytics: Driving Teachers’ Attention through Educational Data Storytelling. Journal of Learning Analytics, 5(3), 72—97. https://doi.org/10.18608/jla.2018.53.6

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