Dear LACE followers, We would like to send a big welcome to our friends from the SHEILA project that decided to join our ‘SIG LACE’ under the umbrella of the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). SHEILA (‘Supporting Higher Education to Introduce Learning Analytics’ http://sheilaproject.eu) is partly funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme and is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Brussels Education Services, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Tallinn University, Open University of the Netherlands, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). The project aim is to…

The LACE project has come to an official end of its funding period with “great results” – according to our reviewers! BUT we hope that this website will not become quiet now and have therefore set out a range of exploitation actions to keep the momentum that the LACE project has created. After completing LACE as a funded project, we believe there is a high demand for the European learning analytics community to have a central exploitation and sustainability point as – on the one hand – many learning analytics projects are in their final funding year but – on the other…

The Learning Analytics and Policy (#LAPolicy) workshop at LAK17 will explore and document the ways in which policies at national and regional level are shaping the development of learning analytics. We welcome you to be part of a network of experts who will investigate the aspirations, achievements and constraints in different countries and regions around the world, and exploring how learning analytics could be applied at scale. If you would like to join us, please use the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this page. The sooner you let us know, the sooner we can include you in…

There are two principal specifications for learning analytics interoperability: Caliper, from IMS, and xAPI, from ADL. Around these two specifications are emerging ecosystems of applications and related specifications. In this LACE Review paper Dai Griffiths and Tore Hoel discuss the two specifications, and outline their structure and main features. In many respects xAPI and Caliper perform similar functions, making use of similar concepts. They are, however, quite different in their approaches to development and governance, a difference that is reflected in a different emphasis in the approach to the fit between the specifications and their user groups. The paper is available at http://www.laceproject.eu/learning-analytics-review/lace-review-7_comparing-xapi-and-caliper/ 

In this post LACE workplace learning technologies expert and start-upper, Fabrizio Cardinali, takes a look at the revamped interest on Artificial Intelligence, and how new trends such as Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation and Cognitive Technologies are emerginging which might bring together a greater world to work and learn within, but perhaps with far less (human) workers than  smart machines around. A great Disneyland for all of us…but perhaps a Disneyland without Children left to amuse. On May 5th 2016, TIME magazine[1] summarized the views of the world’s smartest people about the revamped interest in Artificial Intelligence, AI, a controversial topic which for…

European funding for the LACE project has now come to an end. We are beginning to move from fully funded project to special interest group. This means it is a good time to consider the next steps for learning analytics. In the last year, LACE has worked with the LAEP project (Learning Analytics for European Educational Policy). Our findings suggest that those of us working with analytics need to focus on certain key areas. Strategy: We should align our work with strategic objectives and priority areas for education and training. We also need to develop a framework for learning analytics.…