Remembering Erik Duval


The LACE project would like to remember Erik Duval and highlight how important he has been for the LACE project and for the Learning Analytics Community in general and especially in Europe.

Erik was one of the leading researchers in the field of Learning Analytics in Europe and the first to bring the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference to Europe, i.e. Leuven, Belgium in 2013. He supported LACE from the very first moment by providing critical feedback and an inspiring talk at the initial LACE kickoff meeting in January 2014 in Brussels. Since then LACE has been involved in several events together with Erik. Almost one year ago, he gave the following inspiring interview for LACE at the LAK15 conference.

Many members of our team have had frequent contact with Erik and very inspiring debates. He has been one of the corner stones of Learning Analytics in Europe and his death therefore is a big loss for our community. We surely will miss Erik and his brilliant and controversial ideas combined with his kindness to all people around the table and would like to extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to his family.


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,, WP2 lead He has regularly chairing international scientific events and is Associate Editor of IEEE's Transactions on Learning Technologies, and the Journal of Learning Analytics.

1 Comment

  1. Paul hollins on

    Erik will be missed,

    I didn’t always agree with him, yes controversial and outspoken but his contributions to the TEL field over many years have been significant and in particular recently to Learning Analytics. A kind man privately I will miss him a great deal …

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