The use of learning analytics in schools (K12) is of growing interests.This work package brings together people working in workplace education across Europe with common interests in sharing good practice and research in learning analytics. This work is being led by Peter Karlberg from Skolverket (Sweden), Wietse van Bruggen from Kennisnet (Netherlands). This page includes blog posts relevant to K12 education and more details of the activities of this work package.

Recent Posts

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’ More »

The King is dead, long live The King! Or funding period ended but LACE continues.

The LACE project has come to an official end of its funding period with “great results” – according to our reviewers! BUT we hope that this website will not become quiet now and have therefore set out a range of exploitation actions to keep the momentum that the LACE...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 »

Evidence of the month: ethical issues associated with learning analytics in schools

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. You are welcome to add to the Hub site, which you can visit via a tab at the top of this page.

The evidence of the month for February 2016...Read More »

Ethics & Privacy in Learning Analytics - a DELICATE issue

Privacy, please!

Picture from Tristan Niot

The widespread adoption of Learning Analytics (LA) and Educational Data Mining (EDM) has somewhat stagnated recently, and in some prominent cases like the inBloom disaster even been reversed...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 »

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 »

New Flyer for 2016

As LACE is entering the last year of its funded period, we therefore developed an updated flyer with a nice overview of all tangible outcomes and potential collaboration possibilities. The Flyer was first distributed at the annual LACE event at BETT 2016. Here the digitale version for all those...Read More »

Using Learning Analytics in an English School setting

Although the awareness that learning analytics offers a great potential and is an important technology for the future is on the rise in the school sector, it is still very rare to hear about schools actually implementing and using such technology. Therefore we are very happy to be able to...Read More »

LACE keynote at Onderwijsdagen 2015

Doug Clow, part of the LACE project representing the OUUK, delivered the closing keynote at the Onderwijsdagen conference in the Netherlands on November 11 2015. His keynote presentation, alongside with his slides, have been recorded in full and is available to watch here.

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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 »

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 »

Towards a Manifesto for Data Ownership

In this guest blog post Kirsty Kitto of Queensland University of Technology, Australia, asks who owns educational data. Her answer leads to an invitation to join her building no less than a genuine data pathway for a lifelong learning ecosystem.

If its free then you are the product: That is what...Read More »

Learning Analytics in the Norwegian school system

After the blog post on LA in Danish schools, we continue with Norway. Senior advisor Morten Dahl at the Norwegian Centre for ICT in education describes the current situation in Norway.

Morten Dahl, The Norwegian Centre for...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 »

The State of Art of Learning Analytics in Danish Schools

Schools are, compared to higher education, very dependent on initiatives from governments and governmental agencies. In the near future there will not be any developments regarding the use of learning analytics in schools unless there are national initiatives regarding standards, funding and knowledge sharing. In order to mirror the developments...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 »

Evidence of the month: Systematic literature review

Each month, we highlight one of the new additions to the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together evidence about learning analytics. Everyone is welcome to add  to the Hub site, which you can visit via one of the tabs at the top of this page.

The Evidence of the Month for...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 »

Evidence of the month: learning analytics meets measurement theory

The LACE Evidence Hub brings together evidence about learning analytics from all around the world and relates it to four propositions

  • Learning analytics improve learning outcomes
  • Learning analytics improve learning support and teaching, including retention, completion and progression.
  • Learning analytics are taken up and used widely, including deployment at scale.
  • Learning...Read More »

Call for Datasets

At the recent LAK15 conference, the high demand to have an overview of available datasets for Learning Analytics research has become evident. Based on the discussions at LAk15, we created a Call for Dataset descriptions together with the Journal for Learning Analytics (JLA), which will be published in a Special Issue.

We...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 »

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 »

Learning Analytics research in schools at OWD

At the De Onderwijsdagen (OWD – Education Days) in Rotterdam on November 12 there was a presentation on Learning Analytics research in the schools sector. In a full session room with about 50 professionals from the schools sector I started with an introduction to the LACE project. Then Gerard Veldhuis...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 Apps in Schools: Parents will drive Implementation as well as Privacy Concerns

The New York Times reports (November 16, 2014) on «Privacy Concerns for ClassDojo and Other Tracking Apps for Schoolchildren».  ClassDojo, a new app claimed to be used by at least one teacher in roughly...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 »

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 »

On the Question of Validity in Learning Analytics

The question of whether or not something works is a basic one to ask when investing time and money in changing practice and in using new technologies. For learning analytics, the moral dimension adds a certain imperative, although there is much that we do by tradition in teaching and learning...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 »

Infographic Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs. This provides actionable feedback for learners, teachers and school leaders. Learning Analytics can play an important role embedded in the...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 can bring about a sea change in education

A report, conducted under the auspices of the Learning Analytics Workgroup under the leadership of Roy Pea, describes how education data could transform how students are taught; how teachers are prepared and further developed; how education research is conducted; how education-related information is used and managed; and how foundations’ funds...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 »

Emerging Opportunities in K-12 Learning Analytics

In this video Roy Pea, Professor of Education and Learning Sciences at Stanford University, shares why data and learning analytics are needed to build a contemporary school education at scale. He does not only look into the promises of learning analytics but also the research challenges ahead. He also briefly...Read More »

Systematic use of data for school improvement

There are not many schools that have heard about learning analytics. But this does not mean that they are not collecting and making use of data, although it sometimes could be done more systematically. In this blog post I will give some examples of uses of data from Swedish schools...Read More »

Learning Analytics from a Norwegian perspective

Morten Søby, from the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education, recently publish an article about learning analytics in the Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy. In this article he argues that...Read More »


Of the three sectors the LACE project is focussing on schools have the greatest level of nationally governed structure and process and the greatest degree of influence of national culture. Learning analytics and educational data mining methodologies can be applied to national policy as well as to address classroom issues.

Government policy aims to provide effective education that meets national needs for well-educated and skilled citizens.

The LACE project is exploring three questions at the national policy level:

  1. Can LA & EDM provide better evidence for educational policy and good practice recommendations for teaching and learning?
  2. Should we change our national data collection and statistics to take advantage of new developments in LA & EDM, or to support third party LA & EDM based on this data?
  3. What use of LA & EDM is desirable and effective for use in our schools?

In the classroom teachers have a more personal perspective on education in which the individual child is the focus.  Teachers aim to help their pupils reach their maximum potential. LACE is exploring teacher-relevant questions including:

  1. Can LA & EDM help me to diagnose and remedy weaknesses, particularly in language and numeracy?
  2. Will it be possible to use LA & EDM to assess more learning without using the written word, for example by tracking activities in more realistic settings?
  3. Should I be using “Intelligent Tutoring Systems”, and if so, for which learning objectives?
  4. Will LA & EDM be fair and consistent with my values and ethical principles?

How We Work

Our objectives are to:

  • Bring together disparate communities with related interests
  • Capture and disseminate the latest thinking on learning analytics in practice.
  • Analyse significant developments and issues in the domain and produce authoritative reports.
  • Identify, collect and synthesise claims and evidence for the benefits of learning analytics.

We are doing this by:

  • planning, organising, and delivering events
  • presenting at, and otherwise contributing to external events;
  • capturing the latest thinking through blog posts,
  • creating more in-depth studies and scenarios.

Who we are?

Our work on learning analytics in schools will be led by Skolverket, the Swedish National Agency for Schools, working closely with Kennisnet, the Dutch organisation with responsibility for promoting effective use of IT in schools, and ATiT.