Learning Analytics : promesses et réalités


LACE has been invited to contribute to the French Conference on the State-Of-The-Art of Learning Analytics and actions points for a national research agenda for Learning Analytics. The conference has been held in Paris at the French Ministry of Education (07.12.2015).

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Over 60 people have joined the event from various fields such as legal aspects, educational researchers, computer scientists, and plenty of political people. Among the LACE team (Dai Griffiths and myself), Michael Webb from JISC, Ian Dolphin form the Apereo Foundation and Josh Baron from Marist College, US has been present. Below you can see the time schedule of the conference:

Learning Analytics : promesses et réalités by HDrachsler

It was great to see that LA becomes a pressing research topic in France. Our French colleagues presented some new research projects such as http://hubblelearn.imag.fr, and CELA. Both projects are closely related to LACE and show the impact of LACE on the French Research field.
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Hubble focuses on the creation of an observatory for the construction and sharing of analysis processes of traces of massive on-line courses. In that way, it can greatly benefit from the Lace Evidence Hub and vice versa.
The Hubble observatory will give the actors of such courses (e.g. teachers, researchers, designers, students, administrators and policy makers) the possibility to analyze and explain the teaching and learning phenomena occurring within e-learning environments.

The analysis processes we build will therefore accompany actors’ decision making, but will also guide
researchers and other actors in the elaboration of analytical constructs, models and indicators.
The HUBBLE project will be based on a platform that allows for the construction, sharing and management of analysis processes concerning the traces that are available in the observatory. In such a context, we consider it crucial to address the ethical concerns of stocking and analyzing traces.

CELA, focuses on community building like we do within LACE by organizing key events and bring together relevant experts from different field in LA.
So stay tuned for a joined event between CELA and LACE in 2016!


About Author

Dr. Hendrik Drachsler is Associate Professor for Personalised Learning Technologies at the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands. His research interests include Learning Analytics, Personalisation technologies, Recommender Systems, Educational data, mobile devices, and their applications in the fields of Technology-Enhanced Learning and Health 2.0. He is chairing the EATEL SIG dataTEL and the national SIG Learning Analytics of the Dutch umbrella organisation SURF. He is elected member of the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). In the past he has been principal investigator and scientific coordinator of various national and EU projects (e.g., FP7 laceproject.eu, patient-project.eu, WP2 lead LinkedUp-project.eu). He has regularly chairing international scientific events and is Associate Editor of IEEE's Transactions on Learning Technologies, and the Journal of Learning Analytics.

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