The use of learning analytics in workplace learning is growing rapidly due to smart manufactoring processes. 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 Fabrizio Cardinali, Sedapta Group (Italy). This page includes blog posts relevant to workplace 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 »

A Disneyland without Children?

In this post LACE workplace learning technologies expert and start-upper, Fabrizio Cardinali, takes a look at the revamped interest on Artificial Intelligence, and how new trends such as Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation and Cognitive Technologies are emerginging which might bring together a greater world to work and learn...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Advancing STEM, Advancing Europe


We need to do a much, much better job of ensuring that education programs are well-informed by and aligned with the needs of the modern workforce. The term “STEM education”...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 »

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 »

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 »

Workshop on Workplace based Serious Games & Learning Analytics at World Manufacturing Forum

LACE Project co-organising a workshop on Workplace based Serious Games & Learning Analytics at the next World Manufacturing Forum, 1-3 July Milan (Italy)

The LACE Project in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, Sintef and sedApta Group is organising the workshop: “Innovating Manufacturing Education, Workplace Training & Performance Support” at the World Manufacturing Forum...Read More »


The workplace activity area is focussing specifically on Smart Manufacturing, a key aspect of learning analytics application in industrial training. Manufacturing is a vital part of the European economy and in the coming years smart manufacturing alone is expected to account for 80% of the up-skilling needs of western economies. In the US smart production is forecasted to grow by 4.5% annually, and manufacturers are predicted to create 20,000 jobs a month, for in the region of 1.5 million people by 2020.

To get manufacturing smarter, new educational practices and solutions need to be trialled, shared and adopted at a much faster pace than in the past. Applying learning analytics and educational data mining methodologies offers opportunities for more agile training, performance support and just-in-time models of intervention.

In this area of the LACE project we are selecting, analysing, reporting and promoting sector related use of Business Intelligence (BI), management systems, Technology Enhanced Learning within smart manufacturing scenarios. We are also considering how these scenarios can be applied more widely.

New industry interoperability standards in the field of smart technical training documentation, repository access and learning experiences tracking such as the new OASIS DITA and CMIS work groups, the ADL (Tin Can) Experience and the AICC CMI5 API initiatives will be investigated in terms of applicability to LA/EDM. This will contribute requirements to our data and interoperability work.

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

This work is being led by Infinity Technology Solutions, given its leading role in the industrial automation vertical and strategic positioning in the field (e.g. Siemens and Microsoft certified partner) . New links to existing leading Manufacturing associations, trade shows and events will be established.


Key staff

Fabrizio Cardinali

Mehrnoosh Vahdat

Simone Naso