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A successful special session on “Advances in Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining” was held at ESANN 2015 conference on 23rd of April. The special session was organized by SmartLab, University of Genoa and Eindhoven University of Technology, and 50 to 60 people attended. The speakers presented very interesting cases of LA and EDM in workplace, higher education and schools. The session started by Mehrnoosh Vahdat who gave an introductory presentation on the state of LA and EDM. She highlighted the addressed issues, similarities and differences of LA and EDM, as well as the well-known methods applied in these areas,…

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…

In this interview recorded at the LAK15 conference, Scaling Up: Big Data to Big Impact, Dr Alyssa Wise from Simon Fraser University in Canada discusses the “silent storm” of learning analytics which she believes will make a big difference in universities, schools and workplaces in the near future. In this interview she describes the progress that has been made in the last five years on how we work with, analyse and visualise data. However there are still significant systematic challenges around getting access to data, she says. She also discusses how “all the visualisations in the world are meaningless if…

Paul Prinsloo is an Educational Researcher at the University of South Africa, the biggest distance learning institution on the African continent. In this interview (filmed at the LAK15 conference” he discusses how learning analytics has become more interdisciplinary over the last three years to include sociologists, educationalists and philosphers. He believes this move “enriches the discourse immensely”. For the future, Paul thinks that the need for evidence is going to continue to increase and that the community “needs to take a critical approach” to how we see data and the assumptions and expectations we have. “I would like to see…

In this interview recorded at the LAK15 conference Alan Berg, Learning Analytics Community Officer for the Apereo Foundation, and the Innovation Group at the University of Amsterdam discusses how learning analytics is evolving. Community events are helping to spread “understanding of what others are doing” he says. And the LACE project Privacy and Ethics workshops are starting to “impact on national and european policy” for learning analytics. For the future he predicts that learning analytics skills will become more ubiquitous and hopes that the conversation will become more about adaptive content and pedagogy and less about the tools and techniques.…

The LACE Evidence Hub brings together evidence about learning analytics from all around the world and relates it to four propositions Learning analytics improve learning outcomes Learning analytics improve learning support and teaching, including retention, completion and progression. Learning analytics are taken up and used widely, including deployment at scale. Learning analytics are used in an ethical way. Everyone is welcome to add evidence for or against these propositions to the Hub site. The ‘Evidence of the Month’ on the site for April 2015 is a paper from this year’s Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK15) conference, ‘Crowd-sourced learning in MOOCs:…

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…

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.…