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LACE guest blog post: Mariluz Guenaga reports on the Learning Analytics Summer Institute – LASI 2015 LASI 2015 was hosted by the University of Deusto, Bilbao, Spain, and took place on the 22nd and 23rd of June. The University  accepted the challenge of organizing the event with enthusiasm and with the ambition of building a learning analytics community. In Spain, there are several research groups working in in the area, but they are fragmented and know little of each other’s work. Because of this, the event was organised to showcase the work of these groups, so as to identify common…

Ed Foster of Nottingham Trent University, UK, is an associate partner of the LACE project. In this guest post he asks what it will take for institutions to benefit from the use of learning analytics to support student retention and engagement. If you wanted to invest in software that could accurately predict where a student was going to be in 7, 14 or 140 days, you probably shouldn’t buy the latest piece of learning analytics kit. For most institutions, it would be better to use timetabling software. If it’s set up properly, you ought to be able to accurately predict…

In this guest blog post Kirsty Kitto of Queensland University of Technology, Australia, asks who owns educational data. Her answer leads to an invitation to join her building no less than a genuine data pathway for a lifelong learning ecosystem. If its free then you are the product: That is what someone I was working with last year (Sue Walsh) always said while we were trying to rethink how my institution (QUT) could deliver fully online and flexible modes of learning to postgraduate students. Each and every day we reveal an enormous amount of information about ourselves online. Websites send information…

This guest blog post is the third in our new series of country reports from scholars renowned for their contribution to national and international learning analytics research. Shu-Fen Tseng of the Big Data and Digital Convergence Center at Yuan Ze University reports from Taiwan. Visualization, dropout diagnosis and prediction, and MOOCs are the three focus areas of Taiwanese research and implementation activities within learning analytics. The Big Data and Digital Convergence Center at Yuan Ze University is the first academic institution in Taiwan that has a specific focus on Learning Analytics research. Yuan Ze University is one of the top…

In this guest post Darco Jansen, Programme Manager at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) explores the cultural differences between the US and Europe in their take up of MOOCs. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have continued to attract considerable media coverage as governments and universities respond to the open and online education movement. One important aspect for this interest and investments in MOOCs is the massiveness and subsequently the scalability aspects of course provision. A MOOC in the English language generally attracts about 5,000-50,000 nowadays (record is 226.652, but is generally lower in less spoken languages). This scalability…

In this guest post Niall Sclater, a consultant at Sclater Digital and currently doing research on Learning Analytics for Jisc, follow up his report from the Workshop on Ethics & Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics presenting his first version of a taxonomy of ethical, legal and logistical issues of learning analytics. The post, licenced CC-BY,  first appeared March 3rd, 2015, in Effective Learning Analytics by Jisc. Jisc, Apereo and the Lace Project held a workshop in Paris on 6th February to discuss the ethical and legal issues of learning analytics.  The focus of this meeting was the draft taxonomy of issues…

This guest blog post is the second in our new series of country reports from scholars renowned for their contribution to national and international learning analytics research. Yong-Sang Cho is leading the learning technology standards development in South Korea and is now pioneering learning analytics systems development in this country. When I was national standards coordinator for Smart Media from 2011 to 2013, the Korean government asked me to make a framework for interoperability standards related to media technologies pertaining to education domain. To develop the standards framework my advisory committee members and I had surveyed and evaluated each item…

This guest blog post introduces a new series of country reports from scholars renowned for their contribution to national and international learning analytics research. Professor Xiaoqing Gu of East China Normal University, Shanghai, gives her perspectives on this fast developing field of interest. Everyone is talking about big data, at the same time we academics are talking about learning analytics. I guess this is not only the case in China but also worldwide. From an educational research perspective, we try to correct the misunderstanding of big data, maintaining they are actually not big data, they are just mass data. At the same time,…

In this guest post Niall Sclater, a consultant at Sclater Digital and currently doing research on Learning Analytics for Jisc, reports on the Open Learning Analytics European Summit on December 1st, 2014, in Amsterdam. The post first appeared in Effective Learning Analytics by Jisc. The latest Lace Project event was held in the illustrious surroundings of the Allard Pierson Museum at Amsterdam University this week.  The focus this time was on open learning analytics.  After some lightening presentations on participants’ interests in the area, we split into groups to look at what exactly open meant in the context of learning analytics.…

In this guest post Alan Berg, co-chair of the SURF Special Interest Group Learning Analytics who works at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, reports on the Workshop on Ethics & Privacy Issues in the Context of Learning Analytics organized by LACE and SURF in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on November 11, 2014. The post first appeared as a blog post on the SIG LA’s SURFspace. It has been slightly shortened for publication on the LACE website. This is a report back about at the Onderwijsdagen (OWD) in specific about Learning Analytics. I should introduce myself. Alan Berg Co-Chair of the Special Interest Group at SURF for Learning…

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