Guidance to authors – contributions to the LA National and Regional Policies Workshop at LAK17

Workshop objective: to explore and document the ways in which policies at national and regional level are shaping the development of learning analytics.

The workshop is interested in policies that

  • are explicitly focused on learning analytics
  • regulate the use of data in general
  • regulate the use of data in education

Information gathering (all participants)

To feed into the workshop discussions we need to gather baseline information about policy around the world. With this in mind, please respond to the following questions. The maximum for each question is 250 words. If you would like to write more, please submit a workshop paper.

  • What are the policies that are impacting on the progress being made by learning analytics, and the form that it will take? Please provide links where possible. (maximum 250 words)
  • How, do you assess the consequences of the policies that you have identified? If it is too early to say, or the consequences are unclear, please say so. (maximum 250 words)
  • How  has the education sector, and the learning analytics community (if any) responded to the policies that you have identified? (maximum 250 words)
  • What professional, social or political initiatives are underway which might determine future development of learning analytics, and how do you assess their potential impact? (maximum 250 words)

An online form is being prepared to accept these submissions:

Papers (optional submissions)

In addition, the workshop welcomes papers of 3 to 10 pages (arial 12 point, standard Word or OpenOffice headings), which will be included in the proceedings of the workshop following a peer review process. These should offer reflections on the information which you have provided about your country or region, perhaps contrasting it with other countries and regions.

The analysis should reflect, but need not be restricted to, the three perspectives taken by the LAP 17 workshop:

  1. Aspirations. What do the policy creating bodies in each country seek to achieve through the use of learning analytics? This includes related policies, such as data protection and privacy, which may not be labelled with the term ‘learning analytics’.
  2. Achievements. To what extent can it be claimed that the policy environment has led to increased or more effective use or preparation to use of learning analytics?
  3. Constraints. What are the factors which are preventing the fulfillment of policies for learning analytics?


The data collected, and the papers submitted, will be published online in draft form before the workshop. This will enable participants to come prepared for a discussion, rather than to spend our time listening to presentations.

The proceedings of the workshop will be published as a LACE Learning Analytics Review paper We are, however, also exploring other publishers and journals who might be interested in a special issue or edited book.