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.…

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…