Handbook of Learning Analytics

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Handbook of Learning Analytics
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Learning and Work: Professional
Learning Analytics

Allison Littlejohn


Learning for work takes various forms, from formal training to informal learning through work activities. In many work settings, professionals collaborate via networked environments leaving various forms of digital traces and “clickstream” data. These data can be exploited through learning analytics (LA) to make both formal and informal learning processes traceable and visible to support professionals with their learning. This chapter examines the state-of-the-art in professional learning analytics (PLA) by considering how professionals learn, putting forward a vision for PLA, and analyzing examples of analytics in action in professional settings. LA can address affective and motivational learning issues as well as technical and practical expertise; it can intelligently align individual learning activities with organizational learning goals. PLA is set to form a foundation for future learning and work.

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Learning and Work: Professional Learning Analytics

Book Title
Handbook of Learning Analytics

pp. 269-277




Society for Learning Analytics Research

Allison Littlejohn

Author Affiliations
Institute of Educational Technology, Open University, United Kingdom

Charles Lang1
George Siemens2
Alyssa Wise3
Dragan Gašević4

Editor Affiliations
1. Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
2. LINK Research Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
3. Learning Analytics Research Network, New York University, USA
4. Schools of Education and Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK


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