A possible indicator of faddism?

I have been preparing a document for my PHD supervisors that makes mention of a paper we wrote last year. The paper titled “Three paths for learning analytics and beyond: Moving from Rhetoric to Reality” talks about the dangers associated with learning analytics and management fads, and how the hype around technological concepts can swamp deliberate and mindful adoption and implementation.

While looking at this paper I conducted a quick search on Google scholar, year by year using the search term “learning analytics”. While it’s not particularly scientific, the trend is interesting nonetheless.

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