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What do first-year students need? Digital badges for academic support to enhance student retention

Published on Jul 1, 2019in Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
· DOI :10.1108/jarhe-12-2018-0258
Dana-Kristin Mah4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Dirk Ifenthaler26
Estimated H-index: 26
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Utilising learning analytics in order to enhance study success is an emerging topic in higher education. Empirical evidence is still scarce, even though some higher education institutions already implemented learning analytics systems and reported positive impacts on student retention. This edited volume captures many current research and practical experiences on learning analytics in the field of higher education regarding theoretical perspectives linking learning analytics and study success, t...
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