Author Doug Clow

Academic in to new technology in teaching, particularly learning analytics, at the Open University in the UK.

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…

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 January 2016 is a paper from Rienties, Toentenel and Bryan (2015): “”Scaling up” learning design: impact of learning design activities on LMS behavior and performance”. This paper is the first empirical study linking learning design information for a substantial number of courses with Learning Management Systems (LMS)/Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) data…

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 December 2015 is a study from the Netherlands examining a tool to encourage learners to better manage their learning. This is an interesting contrast to other studies that concentrate more directly on learning. One of their clearest findings was that learners tended to use the time tracking tool shortly after being…

The LACE project hosted a one-day SoLAR Flare event at the Open University, UK, on Friday 9 October. This online delegate pack contains follow-up information for reference by the delegates and those who could not participate in person. Video replays of presentations Patrick McAndrew welcome, participant introductions, and Bart Rienties keynote (Leveraging the full value of learning analytics: The power of learning design) Belinda Tynan video message Chris Ballard keynote (Turning Learning Analytics Research into Practice at Tribal) and Lightning Presentations. Slides Patrick McAndrew welcome: Challenges for analytics Bart Rienties keynote (Leveraging the full value of learning analytics: The power of learning…

In September 2015 the LACE project will begin a consultative study on Visions of the Future of learning analytics and educational data mining. This study will inform a report on the future of learning analytics and educational data mining which we will publish in December 2015. To gather a range of views, we are developing a survey to draw out differences of perception and vision from experts. We want to include researchers, teachers and practitioners across the areas of learning in schools, universities and the workplace. We will draw these experts from our Associate Partners and from people who have participated in activities run…

This week, 15-19 June, has been LASI2015, the Learning Analytics Summer Institutes (LASI), organised by SoLAR, the Society for Learning Analytics Research. LACE supported this international activity with a series of video talks, which are still available online. We also hosted a live Learning Analytics chat online, organised around  this document, which was a summary from the policy workshops at the LACE Spring Briefing for policymakers in Brussels. Our aim was to explore those ideas with a view to feeding in to a ‘Visions of the Future’ activity we are planning for the Autumn. Key ideas from the discussion included: This document was focused on…

This week (15-20 June), LACE is supporting the SoLAR Learning Analytics Summer Institutes (LASI) around the world with a series of resources to support LASI Locals. We have videos you can use as part of your programme, as preparatory viewing, or just to keep yourself informed about the field. And we’ll be hosting a live learning analytics discussion on Friday 20 June. Special Talks We have three video talks, specially recorded for LACE and LASI15 at the Open University, UK: Professor Denise Whitelock talks about the learning analytics tool Open Essayist (17 mins) Dr Doug Clow talks about creating an action…

After last year’s successful LACE SoLAR Flare, the LACE project is running another face to face learning analytics event at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, on Friday 9 October 2015. If you would like to attend, please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lace-solar-flare-2015-research-into-practice-tickets-17367324134. We are inviting technology specialists, teachers, researchers, educators, ICT purchasing decision-makers, senior leaders, business intelligence analysts, policy makers, funders, students, and companies to join us in Milton Keynes. The theme for this SoLAR Flare is “Research into Practice”. We have designed the day to maximise social learning including: a chance to introduce yourself and what you want to know about learning…

Each month, we highlight a piece of evidence from the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. Everyone is welcome to add evidence to the Hub site. The Evidence of the Month for May is another paper from LAK15 conference: OpenEssayist: a supply and demand learning analytics tool for drafting academic essays. OpenEssayist is a natural language analytics engine to provide feedback to students when preparing an essay for summative assessment. The authors report a significant positive correlation between the number of drafts submitted to the system and the grades awarded for the first assignment. They also…

The LACE project held a successful SoLAR Flare event at the Open University, UK, on the 24 October 2014. It physically brought together more than 50 people interested in learning analytics, with more than 350 people followed the live video stream online from 29 different countries across 5 continents, and many others interacting on Twitter. The video recordings and slides are all now available via the event’s Lanyrd page, along with links to most of the presenters. The event was a great opportunity to bring people together to build connections and share experience. There was an emerging theme around the topic…