The LACE project organises a range of workshops, seminars and webinars to support the sharing of good practice in LA and EDM. Some of these events will take place at international conferences, some will be organised by the LACE team.

Forthcoming Events

Past Events

Reports from Events

Launch of the SHEILA MOOC on learning analytics policy and strategies

Dear colleagues,
 We are pleased to announce the launch of a MOOC based on the research outputs of the EU-funded project – SHEILA (Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics). If you’re looking to...Read More »

SHEILA Conference

On 5th June 2018 the Conference on Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics (SHEILA) will be held in Brussels, Belgium. The conference is organised by the team of the EU-funded SHEILA project ( that has developed a policy and strategy framework to support...Read More »


The LACE project will be supporting the following events at LAK16. We are looking forward to talk with you on various occasions. The LACE team is marked in bold letters.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The working group on learning analytics of the International Standards Organization, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC36, has a full...Read More »

Sharing insights on implementing LA in schools at BETT 2016

At the BETT 2016 show Jan Hylén and myself shared some of our insights with implementing LA in a schools, on local level and national level. What have we learned that is important when doing implementations? We tackled issues like tool selection, privacy and privacy agreements, and a model/procedure to...Read More »

250 people take part in LACE events at Bett 2016

LACE organised its second annual meeting at the huge Bett show that took place in London from 20-23 January. All-in-all about 250 people from the school and higher education sectors took part in the different activities organised by the LACE team at Bett. This included 2 seminars led by...Read More »

More Interviews in our video library

LACE organised in collaboration with University of Amsterdam the 1st Institutional Readiness Day for Learning Analytics in Amsterdam to explore the advantages and challenges to implement learning analytics in Higher Education.

After a very successful Open Learning Analytics Summit in Amsterdam in 2014, we were this year focusing on institutional readiness for...Read More »

LACE Workshop at Open University of Catalonia

LACE has been invited to discuss ‘data interoperability‘ and ‘learning analytics supported instructional design methods‘ at the University of Catalonia (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) at an Open Conference with various workshops.

With all the fog around questions like ‘What is the right Learning Analytics Infrastructure?’ and  ‘Do we collect the data in...Read More »

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...Read More »

Institutional readiness for learning analytics - a lot of piloting and consultations remains before we are ready

Institutional readiness for learning analytics. Is sounds like a dream. And it is a dream.  , it was the title for a conference LACE project organised in collaboration with University of Amsterdam middle of December. Through exploring  a number of pilots organised at UvA, a detour...Read More »

Keynote on Introduction to Learning Analytics still highly needed!

I have been asked to give an introductory keynote to Learning Analytics at the Dutch Onderwijsdagen (Teaching days). The Onderwijsdagem are a huge conference that attracts over 700 people every year, it is comparable to BETT in the UK, or OnlineEduca in Germany. It attracts especially teachers, companies and managers...Read More »

Learning analytics – polling the future

The European ICT community seems to have a not too optimistic, but– at the same time – not too pessimistic view on how learning analytics will transform the way we learn in schools, universities and workplace. That is if we choose to trust the polling done under the ICT15 workshop...Read More »

LACE Flare: Event replay on 23 October

Join the LACE team online as we replay our very successful SoLAR Flare networking event on Friday 23 October from 10am to 1pm (BST). Network problems meant people were unable to join the event on the day via the livestream. Instead, join us on Friday to watch the recordings...Read More »

Don’t worry…be XAPI !


Your LACE reporter Fabrizio Cardinali, CEO Skillaware, live from DevLearn 2015, MGM Grand Las Vegas

The “innovation in the making” motto displayed all across  this year’s DevLearn conference and exhibit spaces at MGM Grand Las Vegas, September 30 to October 2

Don’t worry…be XAPI !

That...Read More »

The hidden data of schools discussed in Almedalen, Sweden

The Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan) is an annual event taking place in early July in the city of Visby on the Swedish island Gotland. With speeches, seminars and other political activities, it is considered to be the most important forum in Swedish politics. During the week, representatives from the major political parties in Sweden take...Read More »

Visions of the Future coming up

In September 2015 the LACE project will begin a consultative study on Visions of the Future of learning analytics and educational data mining. This study will inform a report on the future of learning analytics and educational data mining which we will publish in December 2015.

To gather a range of views,...Read More »

LACE @ the Social Business Forum 2015: Learning Analytics and Performance Support in the times of Digital Disruption

LACE project was present at the Social Business Forum, held in Marriott Hotel, in the centre of Milan the last 7th-8th July 2015, both as event sponsor and as organizer of one of the thematic lunch events dedicated to Next Generation Workplaces and the use of disruptive learning technologies for...Read More »

LACE supports LASI15

This week (15-20 June), LACE is supporting the SoLAR Learning Analytics Summer Institutes (LASI) around the world with a series of resources to support LASI Locals.

We have videos you can use as part of your...Read More »

LACE SoLAR Flare event in UK: 9 October 2015

After last year’s successful LACE SoLAR Flare, the LACE project is running another face to face learning analytics event at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, on Friday 9 October 2015.

If you would like to attend, please register at

We are inviting technology specialists,...Read More »

Developing shared European policies for learning and performance support analytics at the workplace

On 15th April 2015 LACE project members organised the Spring Briefing and Workshop event on Policies for Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics, held in Brussels. The event was followed by 67 people, including representatives from different institutions/organisations with different interests, skills and backgrounds.

Large part of the afternoon was dedicated to 3...Read More »

Advances in Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining at ESANN 2015

A successful special session on “Advances in Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining” was held at ESANN 2015 conference on 23rd of April. The special session was organized by SmartLab, University of Genoa and Eindhoven University...Read More »

George Siemens Interview - "Making Learning More Human"

In this final (seven minute) interview from the LAK15 conference, George Siemens from the University of Texas at Arlington and Athabasca University addresses two questions:

  • What barriers have the learning analytics community overcome in the last three to five years?
  • How will learning analytics develop...Read More »

Abelardo Pardo Interview - "Learning Analytics will increase Student Capture"

In this interview from the LAK15 conference Abelardo Pardo from the University of Sydney considers some of the differences between Europe and Australia in how data is being used in institutions. Having recently moved to Sydney he thinks there is a much bigger focus in Australia on “using data to...Read More »

Shane Dawson Interview - Learning Analytics Needs a Solid Evidence Base

In this short interview Shane Dawson, from the University of South Australia, talks about how the field of learning analytics is developing especially in the area of privacy and ethics where new policies are being written and adopted. In the future he believes there will be more personalisation and implementation...Read More »

Interview with Erik Duval at LAK15

During LAK15 Tore Hoel, Hendrik Drachsler and Maren Scheffel took the opportunity to interview a number of international experts in learning analytics. Over the next few weeks we will be publishing these interviews which revolved around two questions:

  • What barriers have the learning analytics community...Read More »

LACE Interview with the New President of Society for Learning Analytics, Dragan Gašević

Last week members of the LACE project team attended the LAK15 conference. In addition to the presenting a number of papers and facilitating workshop sessions the team carried out a number of video interviews which will be published on the LACE blog. The first interview with the new president of...Read More »

Review of LAK15, LACE Team Participation and the Event Amplification

LAK15, the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics And Knowledge

LAK15, the Fifth International Conference on Learning Analytics And Knowledge , is currently taking place in by Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York. Workshop sessions and...Read More »

LACE Team Activities at LAK15

It’s a busy week for the LACE team many of whom are in New York State attending LAK15.

If you want to catch up with them or follow on Twitter (#laceproject)- the table below summarises who is doing what and when.

The overview schedule gives...Read More »

About Today's Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics (#EP4LA) Workshop

Later today members of the LACE project team are facilitating a half-day workshop session at the LAK15 Conference on Ethics and Privacy in Learning Analytics (#EP4LA).

As described in a blog post published recently on the LACE web site:

This interactive workshop aims to raise awareness of major ethics and...Read More »

Finnish-Norwegian Workshop open for registration

The Research Council of Norway and Academy of Finland organise a two days workshop on learning analytics in Helsinki, Finland on May 21st and 22nd. The workshop will be organised around three working groups exploring machine learning and educational data mining; feedback and adaptive learning environments & Massive Open Online...Read More »

Learning Analytics - making learning better? The Dutch perspective

On the Friday afternoon of BETT 2015 I had the pleasure to take part in the panel of the LACE seminar on learning analytics. The seminar aimed at the schools sector was led by LACE partner Dr Jan Hylén, working with Skolverket in Sweden and started with an Read More »

LACE project sessions at LAK15

The LACE project team will be taking part in several sessions at The 5th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge – Scaling Up: Big Data to...Read More »

Over 200 People Take Part in LACE Seminars at Bett!

Standing Room Only at LACE Seminars at Bett 2015 Show

It was standing room only last week at the Bett 2015 show for the two LACE seminars that made up the project’s first public annual meeting aimed at those interested in finding out more about...Read More »

Learning Analytics: Making Learning Better

Later today Doug Clow will give a talk on Learning Analytics: Making learning better at the BETT 2015 event. The talk will take place in the Learn Live: HE Learning Value and the Future Workforce...Read More »

Master Class on Learning Analytics and Visualisation of Data

On the 20th of November I organized a master class at the well-organized Media and Learning Conference in Brussels on Learning Analytics and Visualisation of Data. I was grateful for this subject as visualisation is a very important aspect in the...Read More »

Planning to take part in Bett this year? then join us for LACE Learn Live events

LACE partners are organising a high profile meeting in London during the annual BETT show centred on two seminars taking place as part of the Learn Live Seminar Series on Friday 23 January.

The first, aimed at the Higher Education sector, takes place...Read More »

Reporting back on OWD 2014

In this guest post Alan Berg, co-chair of the SURF Special Interest Group Learning Analytics who works at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, reports on the Workshop on Ethics & Privacy Issues in the Context of Learning Analytics organized by LACE and SURF in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on November 11, 2014. The post first...Read More »

Learning Analytics @ Eminent 2014

On Wednesday 12 November 2014 a group of 35 decision-makers and decision-shapers from some 15 European countries met in Zurich, Switzerland to discuss learning analytics and education. It was the Policy and Innovation Committee from European Schoolnet, its Digital Competence Working Group and representatives from LACE.

The meeting started off with...Read More »

Learning Analytics on Eminent 12 - 14 November 2014

During the next couple of days a number of policymakers and experts are gathered in Zurich for the annual Eminent conference (by invitation only). This year meeting on Learning analytics in education is organised as a joint meeting of the Read More »

LACE SoLAR Flare: Scaling up learning analytics

The LACE project held a successful SoLAR Flare event at the Open University, UK, on the 24 October 2014. It physically brought together more than 50 people interested in learning analytics, with more than 350 people followed the live video stream online from 29 different countries across 5 continents, and many...Read More »

Notes from Utrecht Workshop on Ethics and Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics

In this guest post Niall Sclater, a consultant at Sclater Digital and currently doing research on Learning Analytics for Jisc, reports on the Workshop on Ethics & Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics organized by LACE and SURF in Utrecht, the Netherlands,...Read More »

Open Learning Analytics - European Summit Announced

LACE is pleased to announce that it will be organising a one day summit event to broker collaboration around the idea of an Open Learning Analytics platform – based on principles of modularity, open architectures, and open standards – in Amsterdam on December 1st 2014, collaborating with colleagues from the...Read More »

Successful Scandinavian seminar on learning analytics in schools

Last week (on October 9th) LACE and Skolverket arranged, together with the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education, a one-day seminar on learning analytics...Read More »

Learning Analytics dilemmas: What are the ethics of trusting Google apps for teaching?

The workshop in Belgrade gathered around 20 participants, mainly from the ODS project, which includes more than 50 partners.

The Belgrade consortium meeting of the Open Discovery Space project was a good opportunity for LACE to test the idea of organising workshops on ethical...Read More »

MOOCs and Learning Analytics

On Wednesday September 24 Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, organized a one-day conference on MOOCs and Learning Analytics. About 80 people from all over Sweden attended. MOOCs have had a slow start in Sweden and the idea...Read More »

Seminar on Learning Analytics in schools 9 October in Stockholm

It is still possible to sign up for the 9 october seminar on Learning Analytics in schools organized in cooperation with the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education and Skolverket. The seminar will give an introduction to the concept of learning analytics as well as example both from vendors and...Read More »

Learning analytics: asking the right questions

The ECTEL / iKNOW conferences are just coming to an end in Austria and both learning analytics and big data have been high on the agenda. There was the Big...Read More »

Learning Analytics: Not just about measuring but engaging students!

Using learning analytics as a means to engage students was the common theme emerging from a workshop gathering UK higher ed professionals.

The Lace project ran a workshop on “Learning Analytics: seeking answers at a time of big questions?” at the...Read More »

Call for Ethical & Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics

1st Call for Ethical & Privacy Issues in the Application of Learning Analytics
Organised by the EU FP7 project LACE and the SURF SIG LA the
Submission Deadline: 15.10.2014,  Workshop will take place in Utrecht 28.10.2014, 11am – 5pm

The massive production, collection and processing...Read More »

How to give students control of their data

Everybody’s talking about Big Data and Learning Analytics, but if you don’t solve privacy first it is going to be killed before it has really started.” These are the words of Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium (NMC), known for...Read More »

Learning analytics: bridging the gaps

The LACE project supported a Learning Analytics Summer Institute event in the UK – LASI@MK.

The event highlighted the need for engagement and dialogue between communities in order to develop insight and institutional change. It is increasingly clear that introducing...Read More »

LACE Workplace Learning Analytics Workshop at the World Manufacturing Forum 2014

A post conference Workshop was organised by Lace together with Gala and Manuskills EU projects for the World Manufacturing Forum 2014 held at the marvellous Palazzo Mezzanotte, the headquarters of the Italian stock exchange, in central Milan in July 2014.

The workshop was dedicated to Innovating Manufacturing Education & Training and...Read More »

The Learning Analytics Summer Institute in Zeist

The Learning Analytics Summer Insitute (LASI) local event in Zeist, on the 30th June and 1st July 2014, was organised by LACE coordinator Hendrik Drachsler (OUNL) and Alan Berg from the University of Amsterdam.

What follows is a Storify report from that event, which included presentations and panel contributions from: Stefan Mol,...Read More »

LA on the agenda for international standardisation

The Open Forum Conference session organised by LACE in Oslo in June hit a nerve with the community of standardisation experts attending the conference prior to their full week meeting in Oslo. In the meeting of the ISO committee working on standards for Learning, Education and Training, ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC36,...Read More »

Do Higher Education Institutions Need a Learning Analytics Strategy?

The LACE Workshop, “Developing a Learning Analytics Strategy for a Higher Education Institution” took place on June 17th 2014, with over 35 participants exploring the issues and considering the question of what such a strategy...Read More »

Plenty of interest in Learning Analytics at EDEN2014

Hypocentar – Conference location

The LACE team was well represented at the EDEN (European Distance and e-Learning Network) conference held in Zagreb on 10-13 June which brought together just over 300 participants mostly from Europe. For those not familiar with this event, EDEN is...Read More »

Learning Analytics and Interoperability - The Big Picture in Brief

Learning Analytics is now moving from being a research interest to a wider community who seek to apply it in practice. As this happens, the challenge of efficiently and reliably moving data between systems becomes of vital practical importance. System interoperability can reduce this challenge in principle, but deciding where...Read More »