Importance of Theory in Learning Analytics in Formal and Workplace Settings

Shane Dawson
Negin Mirriahi
Dragan Gasevic


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.

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