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In this final (seven minute) interview from the LAK15 conference, George Siemens from the University of Texas at Arlington and Athabasca University addresses two questions: What barriers have the learning analytics community overcome in the last three to five years? How will learning analytics develop over the next five years? In the last five years there have been improvements on several fronts. Firstly, the field now has more cohesion with groups of individuals now recognising themselves as part of the field. Secondly, we have moved beyond basic low level questions around student retention to more complex questions Thirdly, there has…

In this interview from the LAK15 conference Abelardo Pardo from the University of Sydney considers some of the differences between Europe and Australia in how data is being used in institutions. Having recently moved to Sydney he thinks there is a much bigger focus in Australia on “using data to increase student capture”.  In terms of how the field has moved on in the last three years he thinks “people are now much more aware of how data can influence learning” so there is now longer a need to convince people. For the future he believes that institutions will be…

In this short interview Shane Dawson, from the University of South Australia, talks about how the field of learning analytics is developing especially in the area of privacy and ethics where new policies are being written and adopted. In the future he believes there will be more personalisation and implementation of LA at the whole institution level. Building a “solid evidence base” will be a key part of consolidating the field. This interview was recorded at the LAK15 conference by Tore Hoel, Hendrik Drachsler and Maren Scheffel and is available on the LACE YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/sQ2PorDclGM View this interview on…

During LAK15 Tore Hoel, Hendrik Drachsler and Maren Scheffel took the opportunity to interview a number of international experts in learning analytics. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing these interviews which revolved around two questions: What barriers have the learning analytics community overcome in the last 3-5 years? What is the future for learning analytics in the next five years? In this interview Professor Erik Duval from the Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven, Belgium the considers these questions. Reflecting on the past Erik discusses how the field of learning analytics has developed over the last…

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]

It’s a busy week for the LACE team many of whom are in New York State attending LAK15. If you want to catch up with them or follow on Twitter (#laceproject)- the table below summarises who is doing what and when. The overview schedule gives session timings, Abstracts are available in the full PDF schedule. Time and date Event People 1 16-17 March. First Annual Open Learning Analytics Hackathon Adam Cooper 2 16 March. 08.30-12.30 [12.30-16.30 GMT] MU 3203: Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics (#EP4LA) Adam Cooper, Rebecca Ferguson, Hendrik Drachsler, Tore Hoel & Maren Scheffel 3 17 March.…

The Research Council of Norway and Academy of Finland organise a two days workshop on learning analytics in Helsinki, Finland on May 21st and 22nd. The workshop will be organised around three working groups exploring machine learning and educational data mining; feedback and adaptive learning environments & Massive Open Online Courses; and formal and informal learning, online and offline activities. The work of the LACE project will be presented by Tore Hoel of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences at a plenary session on data security issues and challenges to privacy in knowledge-intensive learning and its evaluation. Registration…

On the Friday afternoon of BETT 2015 I had the pleasure to take part in the panel of the LACE seminar on learning analytics. The seminar aimed at the schools sector was led by LACE partner Dr Jan Hylén, working with Skolverket in Sweden and started with an excellent introduction to learning analytics and educational data mining by LACE partner Dr Doug Clow from The Open University. My short presentation concerned the viewpoint from the Dutch national schools network. For Kennisnet, the public educational organization which supports and inspires Dutch primary, secondary and vocational institutions in the effective use of ict,…