LATUX: Participatory Design of Visual Analytics

Designing, validating and deploying learning analytics tools for instructors or students is a challenge that requires techniques and methods from different disciplines, such as software engineering, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, educational design and psychology. Whilst each of these disciplines has established its own design methodologies, there is a need for methodological frameworks that meet the specific demands of the cross-disciplinary space defined by learning analytics. In particular there is no systematic workflow for producing learning analytics tools that are both technologically feasible and truly underpin the learning experience. In this paper, we present a set of guidelines derived from the

For this reason the LATUX (Learning Awareness Tools – User eXperience) workflow was designed. LATUX is a five-stage workflow to design, validate and deploy awareness interfaces in technology-enabled learning environments. LATUX is grounded on a well-established design process for creating, testing and re-designing user interfaces. We extend this process by integrating the pedagogical requirements, to guide the design of visual learning analytics that can inform instructors’ pedagogical decisions or intervention strategies.

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Martinez-Maldonado, R., Pardo, A., Mirriahi, N., Yacef, K., Kay, J. and Clayphan, A. (2016) LATUX: an Iterative Workflow for Designing, Validating and Deploying Learning Analytics Visualisations. International Journal on Learning Analytics, JLA, (in press).

Martinez-Maldonado, R., Pardo, A., Mirriahi, N., Yacef, K., Kay, J. and Clayphan, A. (2015) The LATUX Workflow: Designing and Deploying Awareness Tools in Technology-Enabled Learning SettingsInternational Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge, LAK 2015, 1-10.

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