SHEILA project joins SoLAR SIG LACE


Dear LACE followers,

We would like to send a big welcome to our friends from the SHEILA project that decided to join our ‘SIG LACE’ under the umbrella of the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). SHEILA (‘Supporting Higher Education to Introduce Learning Analytics’ is partly funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme and is coordinated by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with Brussels Education Services, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Tallinn University, Open University of the Netherlands, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN).

The project aim is to build a policy development framework that will enable European HE leaders to take advantage of the field of learning analytics and that will promote formative assessment and personalised learning by taking advantage of direct engagement of stakeholders in the development process. SHEILA will assist European universities to become more mature users and custodians of digital data about their students as they learn online.

We are glad that SHEILA is the first learning analytics project that takes the opportunity to join the SoLAR SIG LACE which has been established on the achievements of the very successful FP7 project LACE.

The LACE SIG can be leveraged to support the work of SHEILA while maintaining their separate initiatives. This collaboration reinforces the dialogue among the different communities involved (including policy leaders), improves communication channels and understanding. It also enhances the exploitation of the project’s results and promotes their visibility and sustainability, at an early stage in the case of SHEILA. This strategy is in line with LACE’s aim of feeding its tools through to other learning analytics projects.

SHEILA thanks LACE for providing the context and for kindly sharing its communication tools and is looking forward to the fruitful collaboration.

If you also run a learning analytics project and you are looking for a sustainable exploitation point, get in contact with us and join the SoLAR SIG LACE.

Below an infographic about the project approach for SHEILA:

SHEILA project approach


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.

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