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At the recent LAK15 conference, the high demand to have an overview of available datasets for Learning Analytics research has become evident. Based on the discussions at LAk15, we created a Call for Dataset descriptions together with the Journal for Learning Analytics (JLA), which will be published in a Special Issue. We aim with this initiative to get a better overview of potential datasets in the community, facilitate cooperation among LA researchers on specific data, and contribute to the quality benchmarking and a standardisation process for the evaluation of LA tools. Please see below the details of the call. Looking forward to our dataset description.…

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,…

On the 20th of November I organized a master class at the well-organized Media and Learning Conference in Brussels on Learning Analytics and Visualisation of Data. I was grateful for this subject as visualisation is a very important aspect in the use of analytics. As a designer by background I know that sheets full of data will not influence the average user much. He neither has time nor the tendency to dive into piles of numbers the way some researchers do. But when presented timely and in a user-friendly and appealing way, data can make you change behavior. I experienced…

At the De Onderwijsdagen (OWD – Education Days) in Rotterdam on November 12 there was a presentation on Learning Analytics research in the schools sector. In a full session room with about 50 professionals from the schools sector I started with an introduction to the LACE project. Then Gerard Veldhuis from the Dutch research institution TNO presented recent research findings on learning analytics with the Schooltas app. Schooltas is an app that offers learning materials on tablets, laptops or PCs with possibilities for learners to make digital notes, practice and share information. The research focused on the effectiveness and efficiency…

On Wednesday 12 November 2014 a group of 35 decision-makers and decision-shapers from some 15 European countries met in Zurich, Switzerland to discuss learning analytics and education. It was the Policy and Innovation Committee from European Schoolnet, its Digital Competence Working Group and representatives from LACE. The meeting started off with an inspiring talk by Pierre Dillenbourg from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne who showed examples from his research both related to MOOCS and on-campus teaching and learning. He used eye-trackers on both students and teachers as well as video cameras to track the teachers’ movement in class. The data…

The New York Times reports (November 16, 2014) on «Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren».  ClassDojo, a new app claimed to be used by at least one teacher in roughly one out of three schools in the United States, lets teachers award points and subtract them based on a student’s conduct. While the app has some gains for the teacher, it is clearly the parents that are targeted by the developer as it allows the teachers to communicate directly with them. ClassDojo is free to install and use; the business model, however, is to develop to…

During the next couple of days a number of policymakers and experts are gathered in Zurich for the annual Eminent conference (by invitation only). This year meeting on Learning analytics in education is organised as a joint meeting of the EUN Policy and Innovation Committee (PIC), the Digital Competence Working Group (DCWG) and Research Track with some assistance from the LACE project. The agenda for the meeting covers the following: What is learning analytics? Pierre Dillenbourg, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/EPFL (CH), Real-Time Analytics in the classroom Doug Clow, The Open University (UK) and LACE Project member What is learning analytics? Yngve Lindvig,…

LACE is pleased to announce that it will be organising a one day summit event to broker collaboration around the idea of an Open Learning Analytics platform – based on principles of modularity, open architectures, and open standards – in Amsterdam on December 1st 2014, collaborating with colleagues from the University of Amsterdam and the Apereo Learning Analytics Initiative. The idea of an Open Learning Analytics platform was first advanced by a group of leading thinkers on Learning Analytics from Europe, Australia, and North America in a 2011 visioning paper published by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). Since…

The question of whether or not something works is a basic one to ask when investing time and money in changing practice and in using new technologies. For learning analytics, the moral dimension adds a certain imperative, although there is much that we do by tradition in teaching and learning in spite of questions about efficacy. I believe the move to large-scale adoption of learning analytics, with the attendant rise in institution-level decisions, should motivate us to spend some time thinking about how concepts such as validity and reliability apply in this practical setting. Motivation comes from: large scale adoption…

Last week (on October 9th) LACE and Skolverket arranged, together with the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education, a one-day seminar on learning analytics in schools. Some 45 people from the two countries attended the seminar which was held in three languages: English, Norwegian and Swedish. On top of introducing the concept of learning analytics to the Scandinavian audience, the idea was to try out if the seminar format worked and whether it can be duplicated elsewhere. In short the format was the following: we started with two general introductions which gave an overview of the state of art in…