Author Sally Reynolds

An Irish national with a background in remedial linguistics, Sally first worked in radio and television in Ireland as a presenter and producer for the national broadcaster, RTE. From 1990 onwards, she worked in technology enhanced learning networks in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. She is a Director of ATiT which she co-founded in 1999 where she leads on dissemination work for several EU projects including MEDEAnet, SAILS, EMMA and Inspiring Science Education. Sally is an experienced editor, event manager and European dissemination strategist and in LACE is supporting the events strategy.

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…

LACE organised its second annual meeting at the huge Bett show that took place in London from 20-23 January. All-in-all about 250 people from the school and higher education sectors took part in the different activities organised by the LACE team at Bett. This included 2 seminars led by Doug Clow from the Open University UK on Wednesday 20 January, the first on the Visions of the Future work carried out by the LACE team and the second on scaling up learning analytics. The team hosted a networking reception nearby on Wednesday evening and then on Thursday 21 January it…

The European ICT community seems to have a not too optimistic, but– at the same time – not too pessimistic view on how learning analytics will transform the way we learn in schools, universities and workplace. That is if we choose to trust the polling done under the ICT15 workshop on 21st October in Lisbon. The workshop titled “Scaling up learning analytics: Innovating European Education” was organised by LACE in cooperation with Pelars, Watchme and iTalk2Learn projects and gathered around 50 participants of the more then 7000 ICT professionals taking part in the mega conference of the European Commission. During the networking session…

22 online learning enthusiasts from 11 countries took part in the LACE workshop on learning analytics which was part of the agenda of the annual EDEN conference being held in Barcelona this week. Led by LACE partners Tore Hoel, Dai Griffiths and Sally Reynolds, this 90 minute journey began with an overview from Dai where he raised lots of pertinent questions about the nature of learning analytics and its position as a new field of interest for the online learning community. Participants then worked largely in groups to first discuss and debate the source and nature of learning data and…

67 people took part in our Spring Briefing and Workshop event held in Brussels yesterday on Policies for Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics. They included MEPs and representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission project officers and advisors (DG CONNECT and DG EAC), representatives from key lobbying and stakeholder organisations including European Schoolnet, the European Trade Union Committee for Education, DIGITALEUROPE, European Publishers Association and organisations with a more general interest in data management in Europe including European Data Protection supervisors and the Big Value Data Association. The morning sessions got off to a good start with a welcome…

Standing Room Only at LACE Seminars at Bett 2015 Show It was standing room only last week at the Bett 2015 show for the two LACE seminars that made up the project’s first public annual meeting aimed at those interested in finding out more about Learning Analytics and how they could get involved in LACE. The main idea behind this meeting was to hold a public event that transversed sectors and themes and addressed the “Big Picture” of learning analytics and educational data mining (EDM), its trajectory, challenges and strategic questions. Our two seminars certainly achieved this goal by allowing the partners…

The LACE team was well represented at the EDEN (European Distance and e-Learning Network) conference held in Zagreb on 10-13 June which brought together just over 300 participants mostly from Europe. For those not familiar with this event, EDEN is one of Europe’s largest and most long-established networks of institutions and professionals working in e-learning and is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015. Traditionally, the people who take part in this annual conference come from academic institutions led by many of Europe’s open universities however this year with its emphasis on e-learning at work and in the workplace…

LACE Project co-organising a workshop on Workplace based Serious Games & Learning Analytics at the next World Manufacturing Forum, 1-3 July Milan (Italy) The LACE Project in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, Sintef and sedApta Group is organising the workshop: “Innovating Manufacturing Education, Workplace Training & Performance Support” at the World Manufacturing Forum – one of the largest global events on the topic of innovation in the manufacturing sector. This event takes place in the context of a renaissance which is underway in manufacturing IT. New disruptive technologies are starting to create what many call cyber physical manufacturing or the 4th industrial revolution.…