More than 20 people took part in the LACE workshop on Learning Analytics led by Dai Griffiths from University of Bolton supported by Sally Reynolds from ATiT in the early hours of 17 June during the annual EDEN conference held this year in Budapest. For many people this was their first introduction to learning analytics although the workshop also attracted experienced LA practitioners from organisations like UOC in Spain, Thompson Rivers University in Canada and UNINA in Italy. It provided an opportunity for participants who came from all over Europe and further afield to consider both their own ideas about…

Dear LACE community, The Open University NL is looking for enforcement for our Learning Analytics group. Right now we are looking for 1 post-doc and 2 PhDs more infos can be found here: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/OU/   Please forward the positions to your networks and pinpoint outstanding candidates to these opportunities. Deadline 27.06.2016 Post-doc researcher learning Analytics =============================== (1,0 fte) Temporary position for 4 years. Vacancy number FAC/PenOW/16027 The Open University is offering one Post-doc Position in Learning Analytics. Within our international research projects we conduct research on learning analytics in Higher Education settings. Learning analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about…

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via the ‘Outcomes’ tab at the top of this page. The evidence of the month for April 2016 {posted here slightly late because the LACE team were busy at LAK16) is a report from Jisc, ‘Learning Analytics in Higher Education: A Review of UK and International Practice’. This report documents the emerging uses of learning analytics in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. Through…

After a lighting keynote from Mireille Hildebrandt on legal aspects of data analytics, it was a full house during our presentation of the DELICATE checklist at #LAK16. People where sitting on the floor or standing around and the 50 Checklists we printed have been sold out in 2 min. Who did not get a checklist, just download it and print it yourself [here]. The DELICATE checklist has been developed over 18 months intensive studies of EU law and various expert workshops on Ethics and Privacy for Learning Analytics (EP4LA). From those workshops we wrote a LACE Review about this pressing topic and…

Is privacy a showstopper for learning analytics? That is the question asked in a new LACE review paper (neatly aligned with the upcoming LACE workshop on Ethical and Privacy Issues in the Design of Learning Analytics Applications at LAK 16). The review considers the dangers that might be raised by learning analytics, explores the ethical perspectives on privacy and data which are relevant to these dangers, and then discusses a number of current proposals from institutions which propose avoid these difficulties. The paper is available here: http://bit.ly/lace-privacy.

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page. The evidence of the month for March 2016 is a paper by Kovanović, Gašević, Dawson, Joksimović, Baker & Hatala in the special edition of the Journal of Learning Analytics containing invited extended versions of papers presented at LAK15. The original paper at LAK15 won best paper, and this extended version adds an extra dataset. Learning analytics makes extensive…