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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,…

An article appeared in the Times Higher Education online magazine recently (April 3, 2014) under the heading “More data can lead to poor student choices, Hefce [Higher Education Funding Council for England] learns”. The article was not about learning analytics, but about the data provided to prospective students with the aim of supporting their choice of Higher Education provider (HEp). The data is accessible via the Unistats web site, and includes various statistics on the cost of living, fees, student satisfaction, teaching hours, and employment prospects. In principle, this sounds like a good idea; I believe students are genuinely interested in…

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