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.