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Revealing impact factors on student engagement: Learning analytics adoption in online and blended courses in higher education


Fan, S and Chen, L and Garg, S and Yeom, S and Kregor, G and Yang, Y and Wang, Y, Revealing impact factors on student engagement: Learning analytics adoption in online and blended courses in higher education, Education Sciences, 11, (10) Article educsci11100608. ISSN 2227-7102 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/educsci11100608


This study aimed to identify factors influencing student engagement in online and blended courses at one Australian regional university. It applied a data science approach to learning and teaching data gathered from the learning management system used at this university. Data were collected and analysed from 23 subjects, spanning over 5500 student enrolments and 406 lecturer and tutor roles, over a five-year period. Based on a theoretical framework adapted from Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework by Garrison et al. (2000), the data were segregated into three groups for analysis: Student Engagement, Course Content and Teacher Input. The data analysis revealed a positive correlation between Student Engagement and Teacher Input, and interestingly, a negative correlation between Student Engagement and Course Content when a certain threshold was exceeded. The findings of the study offer useful suggestions for future course design, and pedagogical approaches teachers can adopt to foster student engagement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:learning analytics, higher education, student engagement, student retention, learning management system (LMS)
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Chen, L (Ms Lihua Chen)
UTAS Author:Garg, S (Dr Saurabh Garg)
UTAS Author:Yeom, S (Dr Soonja Yeom)
UTAS Author:Kregor, G (Mr Gerry Kregor)
UTAS Author:Wang, Y (Dr Isabel Wang)
ID Code:147815
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-11-17
Last Modified:2021-12-21
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