This one day briefing event was aimed at educational policy-makers, influencers and stakeholders as well as political representatives interested in getting to grips with the current state-of-the art in learning analytics and educational data mining. Those taking part were introduced to the latest developments in this field and the explosion of interest in tools which can be used to measure learning impact. They were also invited to take part in discussions on how best to develop policies related to the fair and ethical use of such data in schools, universities and the workplace. A policy briefing paper summarising the main conclusions and recommendations arising will be published by the LACE consortium following this event.
This briefing was organised by the LACE project consortium in collaboration with the PELARS, Lea’s Box and WatchMe project consortia and with the support of European SchoolNet. It took place on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 from 09.30 until 16.30 in the Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 75 in Brussels.
Images from the policy event can be found here.
Information about all speakers of the morning session can be found below.
Welcome and introduction to the event by Julie Ward, MEP for the North West of England and member of the Culture and Education Committee
|10.45||Q&A and discussion|
Introduction to European Commission-supported initiatives related to the use of learning analytics and educational data mining in Schools, Universities and Workplace Training.
Using learning analytics effectively and ethically in schools, universities and workplace learning – recommendations for policy
During this afternoon discussion and review session, participants in three separate discussion groups will work together to review specific issues related to the use of learning analytics in schools, universities and workplace training.
Report back from each working group with main points and policy recommendations emerging from the discussion.
|16.00||Conclusion and next steps|
|16.30||Close of event|
About LACE: The LACE project, funded by the European Commission, is actively supporting a growing European community of interest in using data to improve education and training, also known as ‘learning analytics’ The aim of the LACE project is to spread information about best practice in the effective use of learning analytics, to build skills amongst educational practitioners in the ethical handling of data generated on and offline in educational contexts, and to help shape future European research and innovation actions in this field.
Member of the European Parliament – Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)
Julie Ward is a writer, theatre-maker and cultural activist who began her working life on the factory floor before becoming a community arts worker for Burnley-based Mid Pennine Arts and Contact Theatre in Manchester. In 1984 she was appointed director of a regional arts and disability organisation covering 5 counties in the north of England and in 1986 she co-founded Jack Drum Arts, a rural artists’ co-operative based in the North Pennines. In May 2014 she was elected as a Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) to represent the NW of England. She is a member of the parliament’s committees on Culture and Education, Regional Development as well as the Women Rights’ and Gender Equality Committee. She’s a board member of the European Internet Forum, where she represents the interests of the community and voluntary sector and monitors issues appertaining to children and young people. Julie is an active campaigner on many human rights issues.
Director-General, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
Robert was educated in England at the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has also studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris. Born in 1957, a British civil servant since 1979, Robert has served in the Commission since 1993: in his current post since 2010; as Director General for Health and Consumer Policies from 2004 to 2010; on trade and investment policy before that.
Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics, University of Edinburgh & President Elect of the Society for Learning Analytics Research
Dragan Gašević is a Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Schools of Education and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh since February 2015. Before the current post, he was the Canada Research Chair in Semantic and Learning Technologies and a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University since 2007. Presently, he is also President Elect of the Society for Learning Analytics Research, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, Associate Adjunct Professor in the Learning and Teaching Unit at the University of South Australia, a Research Scientist in the LINK Research Lab at the University of Texas, Arlington, and an IBM CAS Faculty Fellow. A computer scientist by training and skills, Dragan considers himself a learning and information scientist developing computational methods that can shape next-generation learning and software technologies and advance our understanding of information seeking, sense-making, and self-regulated and social learning. Funded by granting agencies and industry in Canada and Europe, Dragan is a recipient of several best paper awards at the major international conferences in learning and software technology. The award-winning work of his team on the LOCO-Analytics software is considered one of the pioneering contributions in the growing area of learning analytics. Recently, he has founded ProSolo Technologies Inc that develops a software solution for tracking, evaluating, and recognizing competences gained through self-directed learning and social interactions. Committed to the development of international research community, Dragan had a pleasure to serve as a founding program co-chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge in 2011 and 2012. Currently serving as a founding editor of the Journal of Learning Analytics and a program co-chair of the Learning Analytics Summer Institute, Dragan is a (co-)author of numerous research papers and books and a frequent keynote speaker.
LACE Project Coordinator
Dr. Hendrik Drachsler works at the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands. His research interest includes Learning Analytics, Personalisation technologies, Recommender Systems, Educational Data, Open Science, mobile devices, and their applications in the fields of technology-enhanced learning and health 2.0. In this context, he has led different international research groups and developed various software applications and evaluated them with participative design approaches by applying a combination of computer and social science methods like structured interviews, questionnaires, writing personas, usability studies (SUS & eye tracking), group concept mapping, PMI rating, TAM and A/B testing. This has lead to high recognition within the community and highly cited research articles. Hendrik is currently principal investigator of the FP7 project LACE and is charing the SIG dataTEL and the SURF SIG Learning Analytics. He recently got elected as executive member of the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).
Lea’s Box Coordinator
Michael is specialised in cognition and knowledge psychology, he is an experienced project manager and software developer. His research and development activities focus primarily on technology-enhanced learning, in particular intelligent, adaptive educational systems and human-computer interaction. In the recent years, Michael’s work strongly involves game-based learning, learning analytics, and educational data mining. Since 2010 Michael is with Graz University of Technology, he is senior researcher and project manager at the Cognitive Science Section of the Knowledge Technologies Institute.
Manolis is a Senior Research Fellow at the London Knowledge Lab (LKL), UCL Institute of Education. He has been acting as principal investigation in several EU projects that explore the use of intelligent technologies and learning analytics to support learning, teaching and research (Metafora, iTalk2learn, PELARS, M C Squared). In LKL he is contributing to the MSc in Learning Technologies and MA in Educational Technology that address teachers, designers and developers interested in the field. Manolis chaired the International Educational Data Mining conference in London in 2014.
Marieke van der Schaaf
Marieke van der Schaaf is an Associate Professor and coordinator of the master program Educational Design and Consultancy at Utrecht University. After her study Educational Sciences (1993-1997, with honors), she was appointed as a researcher, lecturer and course coordinator at the department of Education, Utrecht University. Her PhD-study concerned the construct validity of teacher portfolio assessment (2000-2005, with honors, awarded). Besides she led several research projects on educational innovations and performance assessments in secondary education, vocational education, higher education and medical education. She has been a teacher and coordinator in several courses in undergraduate school, academic master and research master of educational sciences at Utrecht University since 2000, where she also chairs the board of examinations. In particular she is responsible for courses in topics of assessment and evaluation. Marieke earned several research grants for projects about: performance assessment, feedback, teacher expertise development and digital assessment in medical education. She has been a supervisor of several PhD-students in these themes. She publishes and presents her work in international journals and at international conferences and frequently serves as a reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals, conferences and grants. Her research focuses on quality improvement of formative and summative assessments. In particular she studies how assessment can stimulate students’ and professionals’ learning. She is coordinator of WatchMe.
Denise Janssen works as a project leader/account manager for EPASS at Mateum B.V. (Small Medium Enterprise located in Maastricht, The Netherlands). EPASS is an online portfolio and assessment support system, which is widely used by several educational institutions and hospitals in the Netherlands. The system is developed by Maastricht University and Mateum (www.epass.eu). Denise works as a project member in the European WatchMe project, in which EPASS will be used by several European educational partners. After her studies of Health Sciences (2005-2009) and Health Care Management (2009-2010), she worked at an employment agency and an industrial enterprise.