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Since the LACE Visions of the Future report was published, we have heard of a number of people who have made use of the visions in one way or another (see here for a brief summary of the visions). The LACE team are delighted to see that they are now feeding in to a workshop to be held at ASCILITE 2017 in December Australia. The session is entitled Are learning Analytics leading us towards a Utopian or Dystopian future, and what can we as practitioners do to influence this? It will be facilitated by Cassandra Colvin, from the Learning Analytics…

LACE has published a Manifesto for Learning Analytics in the Workplace. The manifesto builds on the results of the workshops at the Policies for Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics Briefing, reported in review 3 of the Learning Analytics Review series. It sets out that the EU should identify and cooperate with all the relevant stakeholders, such as industry leaders, employers, workers, universities, teachers, social partners, trade and teacher unions, with the aim of identifying 21st century skills, improving the training provided to the existing workforce, and maintaining the equilibrium between the needs of industries and society. The manifesto also…

Earlier this year LACE ran three workshops at the Policies for Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics Briefing. Our aim at the workshops was to contribute to the sector-wide reflection which is needed to make progress towards a fuller picture of the role of analytics in education. The discussions examined the priorities for a group of European educational administrators, professionals and academics in considering analytics and its relationship to policy and practice. Each workshop produced a set of recommendations, and these are brought together in the paper Policy recommendations for learning analytics from three stakeholder workshops. The paper also includes…

Hard evidence for or against different types of learning analytics is more elusive than one would expect, as the LACE project has been finding out through its Evidence Hub. Part of the problem is the difficulty in comparing the results of different tools and methods. The LACE project has therefore developed a proposal for a framework, as described in the recently published LACE Learning Analytics Review paper A Framework of Quality Indicators for Learning Analytics by Maren Scheffel. As the paper explains, the first version of the framework was developed through a group concept mapping study with experts from the…

Last week members of the LACE project team attended the LAK15 conference. In addition to the presenting a number of papers and facilitating workshop sessions the team carried out a number of video interviews which will be published on the LACE blog. The first interview with the new president of the Society for Learning Analytics, Dragan Gašević, is available on YouTube and embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/embed/z3uK4cE06Pg View Twitter conversations and metrics using [Topsy]