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Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) is the major international conference for learning analytics. LAK14, in Indianapolis (24-28 March 2014), was the fourth of these and, like the others, it was largely focused on learning in the post-compulsory sector – universities and online courses. The LACE project was actively engaged in the conference, but also spent time reflecting on changes and developments in the field. Two themes emerged: MOOCs (massive open online courses) and machine learning. MOOCs, of course, are the superstars of education at the moment. Attracting interest from around the world, and pulling in hundreds of thousands of learners,…

About this Post This post summarises the potential value of ‘event amplification’ for enhancing awareness of ideas described at events and enabling discussions and sharing of resources to include people who may not be physically present as well as facilitating networking for participants at events, especially large events. The post is based on experiences from the recent LAK14 conference and is aimed at those who make use of event amplification technologies, such as Twitter, and who may be interested in emerging best practices as well as those who may be sceptical of the benefits of such approaches who would like…

We at LACE are passionate about the opportunities afforded by current and future views of learning analytics (LA). One of the intended outcomes of the LACE project is the development of a framework of quality indicators for learning analytics that helps to standardize the evaluation of learning analytics tools. The framework will help answer the question how LA tools might be evaluated as having a desirable effect on learning. The approach we are following is inspired by the LinkedUp project that developed a comparable framework to evaluate Linked Data Applications in Education with that methodology. We would therefore like to invite you…

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