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Australian universities tracking students through their mobiles to monitor movement and study habits

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Referred to as 'learner analytics', universities say tracking helps them improve the student experience.

The University of Melbourne has defended the practice, which monitors peoples' digital trails as they move about the campus

Australian university students are being tracked on campus via their mobile phones through their Wi-Fi usage.

Referred to as "learner analytics", universities say the tracking system, which collects the data using Wi-Fi routers as students make their way around campus, helps them improve student retention rates as well as the student experience.

The University of Melbourne has defended the practice, which monitors peoples' digital trails as they move about the campus, saying it is "not tracking people" but is just looking at the movements of "essentially dots on the page".

" We're simply looking at where the people's phones are on campus and seeing whether they're in particular rooms or walking across campus at particular times so we can plan better," Paul Duldig, the head of services at the University of Melbourne, told ABC News Australia.

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