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“Everybody’s talking about Big Data and Learning Analytics, but if you don’t solve privacy first it is going to be killed before it has really started.” These are the words of Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium (NMC), known for their Horizon Trend Reports about the latest trends in educational technology worldwide. I spoke to Larry just before this summer, a couple of weeks after InBloom, an American platform for central exchange of educational data, announced its closure after heavy protests of parents concerned about student privacy. Privacy and learning analytics At Kennisnet we are investigating the possibilities…

The LACE project supported a Learning Analytics Summer Institute event in the UK – LASI@MK. The event highlighted the need for engagement and dialogue between communities in order to develop insight and institutional change. It is increasingly clear that introducing learning analytics involves much more than collecting data and developing appropriate algorithms – there is a need for systemic change. Within a university, we need analytics at all levels, with quantitative data to give us a picture of what is happening, and qualitative data to help us understand why it is happening. At MIT, Shreeharsh Kelkar is currently looking at…

The Learning Analytics Summer Insitute (LASI) local event in Zeist, on the 30th June and 1st July 2014, was organised by LACE coordinator Hendrik Drachsler (OUNL) and Alan Berg from the University of Amsterdam. What follows is a Storify report from that event, which included presentations and panel contributions from: Stefan Mol, Gábor Kismihók, Jeroen Donkers, Susanne Narciss, Hendrik Drachsler, Denise Whitelock and Marco Kalz. http://storify.com/m_a_s_c/lasi-nl-in-zeist

The first newsletter of the LACE is now available at: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=LACEPROJECT;322d8059.1406 Analysis of data to inform decision-making in education and training has the potential to provide evidence-based insights into learner abilities and patterns of behaviour which in turn can provide crucial insights to guide curriculum design and delivery, to improve outcomes for all learners, and so contribute to national and European economic and social well-being. Learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) offer a valuable source of policy evidence but may also help to teach and assess 21st century skills. The main aim of the LACE – Learning Analytics…

Morten Søby, from the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education, recently publish an article about learning analytics in the Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy. In this article he argues that the challenges for learning analytics will be to build links between data and learning and maintaining focus on the skills and competence we value as a society. Norway will, according to the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research Røe Isaksen, “discuss alternative for an initiative on inter-disciplinary research in the fields of learning science and learning analytics”.

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…

The EDEN Annual Conference in Zagreb beginning of June gave LACE project the opportunity to promote the idea of building a community around issues of Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining. We presented papers, explored synergies with other projects, and engaged in workshops discussing how learning analytics should be brought to fruition within schools, higher education and the workplace. For me, the highlight of these meetings with colleagues showing a keen interest in LA was the dialogue that took place in the session where I presented the LACE paper. The framework of critical dimensions of learning analytics developed by Greller…

2nd Learning Analytics Summer Institute (#LASI_NL) in conjunction with the Computer Assisted Learning Conference CAA2014 (http://caaconference.co.uk/) 30.06. – 01.07.2014, near Utrecht at Woudschoten in Zeist, Netherlands Jointly organised by SURF SIG LA the https://www.surfspace.nl/sig/18-learning-analytics/ and the EU FP7 project LACE http://www.laceproject.eu Workshop website: http://lasiutrecht.wordpress.com Sign up here (Participation is free of costs):  http://www.surf.nl/agenda/2014/06/learning-analytics-summer-institute-lasi-2014/index.html ************************************************ Dear Learning Analytics enthusiasts, On the 30th of June until 1st of July, the 2nd Learning Analytics Summer Institute in the Netherlands (#LASI_NL) will be organised in conjunction with the Computer Assisted Learning Conference CAA2014 (http://caaconference.co.uk/). After a very successful LASI-Amsterdam in 2013, we wish to foster the Dutch Learning Analytics community and their research efforts with this local…

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.…

The First LACE Project Webinar The first LACE project webinar took place yesterday. This title of the launch online event was the “Big Picture of Learning Analytics Interoperability”. The event aimed at raising a number of key questions for those with interests in learning analytics and their interoperability such as “What are the dimensions of  learning analytics?”, “Where do we find the low hanging fruit?” and “Where do we start promoting data sharing and interoperability related to learning analytics?” How the Webinar was Provided The webinar  was hosted as a Google Hangout on Air. An advantage of this platform is that clients are available…

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