Evidence of the Month: Plan Ceibal and the Age of Big Data


Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page.

The Evidence of the Month for October 2015 is concerned with the development of learning analytics at a national scale. It focuses on Uruguay, the first country in the world to meet the target of one laptop per child. The programme that achieved this, Plan Ceibal, covers all public schools in Uruguay, where around 700,000 students and teachers now have their own device. The aim is to use this technology to support and develop learning and teaching.

Plan Ceibal also operates and integrates national-scale databases, populated with data from a range of management and educational activities. These include demographic data, performance data and system usage data.

This conference paper sets out some of the steps that will be required to implement a learning analytics strategy within Plan Ceibal. This has the potential to support and develop current technology and learning educational policies across the country.

Citation: Bailón, M., Carballo, M., Cobo, C., Magnone, S., Marconi, C., Mateu, M., & Susunday, H. (2015). How can Plan Ceibal land into the age of big data? Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Data Analytics, Nice, France. | Url: http://www.fundacionceibal.edu.uy/en/news/learninganalytics-education-edtech-and-bigdata-challenging-attractive-opportunity

About Author

Rebecca is a lecturer at The Open University in the UK, focused on educational futures, learning analytics, MOOCs, augmented learning and online social learning. She is a member of the steering committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and was Workshops Chair of the second Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK 2012). She co-chaired the 1st and 2nd International Workshops on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics, held in Belgium and the US, as well as the first UK SoLAR Flare (a national learning analytics event). Her most recent publication is the book ‘Augmented Education’, published by Palgrave in May 2014. Rebecca is working on the LACE work package relating to learning analytics in higher education.

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