Chapter 7

Handbook of Learning Analytics
First Edition

Content Analytics: The Definition,
Scope, and an Overview of Published Research

Vitomir Kovanović, Srećko Joksimović, Dragan Gašević,
Marek Hatala, & George Siemens


Abstract

The field of learning analytics recently attracted attention from educational practitioners and researchers interested in the use of large amounts of learning data for understanding learning processes and improving learning and teaching practices. In this chapter, we introduce content analytics — a particular form of learning analytics focused on the analysis of different forms of educational content. We provide the definition and scope of content analytics and a comprehensive summary of the significant content analytics studies in the published literature to date. Given the early stage of the learning analytics field, the focus of this chapter is on the key problems and challenges for which existing content analytics approaches are suitable and have been successfully used in the past. We also reflect on the current trends in content analytics and their position within a broader domain of educational research.

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Title
Content Analytics: The Definition, Scope, and an Overview of Published Research

Book Title
Handbook of Learning Analytics

Pages
pp. 77-92

Copyright
2017

DOI
10.18608/hla17.007

ISBN
978-0-9952408-0-3

Publisher
Society for Learning Analytics Research

Authors
Vitomir Kovanović1
Srećko Joksimović2
Dragan Gašević1,2
Marek Hatala3
George Siemens4

Author Affiliations
1. School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK
2. Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK
3. School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University, Canada
4. LINK Research Lab, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Editors
Charles Lang5
George Siemens4
Alyssa Wise6
Dragan Gašević1,2

Editor Affiliations
5. Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
6. Learning Analytics Research Network, New York University, USA

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