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The Journal of Learning Analytics is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, disseminating the highest quality research in the field. The journal is the official publication of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). With an international Editorial Board comprised of leading scholars, it is the first journal dedicated to research into the challenges of collecting, analysing and reporting data with the specific intent to improve learning. “Learning” is broadly defined across a range of contexts, including informal learning on the internet, formal academic study in institutions (primary/secondary/tertiary), and workplace learning.

The journal seeks to connect learning analytics researchers, developers and practitioners who share the common interest of using data traces to better understand and improve learning through the creation and implementation of new tools and techniques, and the study of transformations they engender. The interdisciplinary focus of the journal recognizes that computational, pedagogical, institutional, policy and social perspectives must be brought into dialogue with each other to ensure that interventions and organizational systems serve the needs of all stakeholders. Together, these communities each bring a valuable lens to provide ongoing input, evaluation and critique of the conceptual, technical, and practical advances of the field.

The Journal of Learning Analytics welcomes papers that either describe original research or offer a review of the state of the art in a particular area. The journal also welcomes practice-focused papers that detail Learning Analytics applications in real-world settings, provided that they offer innovative insights for advancing the field (see the journal's Focus and Scope for details).

Manuscripts can be submitted to the Journal of Learning Analytics at any time. Only manuscripts for special sections should be submitted by the specific date as defined in the call for papers of the special section. Special section paper calls can be found in the Announcements section.

Special Section on Networks in Learning Analytics- Call for Papers


Network science is the study of networks models for data characterised by dependence between and within variables (Brandes et al. 2013). From a rich history of social science research, network science has evolved in its use of mathematical, computational, and physical principles for the study of systems, particularly in the domain of complex networks. Network analysis and modelling in LA has been limited.  To advance network perspectives in LA, this special section will bring together a set of papers that break new ground, bridge research communities, and collectively shape strategies of future work in this important sub-field of LA.

Special Section on Learning Analytics for Primary and Secondary Schools-Call for Papers


The goal of this special issue is to build upon the current momentum around learning analytics use within schools and provide a place for researchers to report their current efforts in this domain. We invite research studies, practitioner reports, and data and tool reports that focus on the use of learning analytics for supporting primary and secondary school learning. The aim is to showcase the latest developments in learning analytics use within schools, and empirical evidence on the effectiveness of its use for supporting learning and teaching in the school context.

Special Section on Collaboration Analytics- Call for Papers


We invite contributions to a special issue of the Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA) on Collaboration Analytics. The goal of this special issue is to build upon promising multimodal sensing technologies, collaborative tools and emerging data analytics techniques to provide researchers with a new lens for understanding human collaboration in a variety of settings.

Vol 7 No 1 (2020): Beyond Cognitive Ability: Enabling Assessment of 21st Century Skills Through Learning Analytics

Published: 2020-04-01

Editorial: Beyond Cognitive Ability

Srecko Joksimovic, George Siemens, Yuan Elle Wang, M. O. Z. San Pedro , Jason Way


Measuring Mastery Behaviors at Scale: The Persistence, Effort, Resilience and Challenge-Seeking Task (PERC)

Tenelle Porter, Diego Catalán Molina, Lisa Blackwell, Sylvia Roberts, Abigail Quirk, Angela Lee Duckworth, Kali Trzesniewski


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