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LASI-Asia 2016


The LASI-Asia 2016 will run 19-20 September in Seoul. To share global experiences and outcomes with Asian people, major international organizations and stakeholders related to learning analytics participate in this event as organizers and sponsors. ISO/IEC JTC1 SC36 (Information Technology for Learning, Education, and Training) and IMS Global Learning Consortium will share their outcomes for reference model and learning data APIS for learning analytics, and the Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) project – an initiative funded by the EU’s FP7 programme – will share its research outcomes.

Keynote addresses from Dai Griffiths, Simon Buckingham Shum, Charles Severance and Rob Abel will give insights for global collaboration and envisioning learning analytics for the future. Also many case studies and research outcomes to realize learning analytics will be introduced in this conference and workshops. In particular, standardization communities, LACE project and SIG of SoLAR will get momentum and move forward for learning data APIs interoperability through collaboration from the LASI-Asia 2016.

Learn more on the LASI-Asia 2016 website: http://www.lasi-asia.org.

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Bay Area Learning Analytics Network (BayLearn)

BayLearn will be a regional event to facilitate the exchange of information, case studies, ideas, and early stage research in the field of learning analytics.

From this event, we aim to grow a local network of researchers and professionals in the field of learning analytics, which can be used to exchange and validate innovative ideas and to provide local access to research and expertise.

The initial meeting of this organization will be an official Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) FLARE event. SoLAR is an inter-disciplinary network of leading international researchers who are exploring the role and impact of analytics on teaching, learning, training and development.

BayLearn 2016 Meeting

September 30, 1-7 pm, SRI International (Palo Alto).

In this kick-off meeting for BayLearn, we want to bring together the learning analytics community in the Bay area to discuss innovations and challenges in learning analytics.

Click here for more information and registration.

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New Job Announcements Available!

We are pleased to announce new academic and industry job vacancies. More details available at SoLAR Job Board!

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LAK’16 & LASI’16 video recordings


Available now!

The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) just finished uploading video recordings of most LAK16 presentations.

They are all available directly from the conference program or on the SoLAR’s official Youtube channel in the LAK16 playlist.

LASI’16 video recordings are available on our official Youtube channel, as well.

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3 PhD Scholarships in Learning Analytics

UTSCIC_PhD_LearningAnalyticsThe Connected Intelligence Centre at the University of Technology Sydney is pleased to announce the launch of their doctoral program in Learning Analytics, offering three UTS Scholarships to begin your research at the start of 2016.

CIC’s mission is to invent, evaluate and theorise the design of human-centered data science and learning analytics to advance the UTS Teaching & Learning program. As you will see from our Research Themes and the three PhD topics advertised, a core theme is analytics techniques to nurture in learners the creative, critical, sensemaking qualities needed for lifelong learning, employment and citizenship in a complex, data-saturated society.

While our first priority is the future of learning and teaching, we also anticipate broader applications of the tools we develop, to address data science challenges in other research fields and in UTS business operations.

We invite you to apply for a place if you are committed to working in a transdisciplinary team to invent user-centered analytics tools in close partnership with the UTS staff and students who are our ‘clients’.

Please explore the website so you understand the context in which we work, and the research topics we are supervising. We look forward to hearing why you wish to join CIC, and how your background, skills and aspirations could advance this program.

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LACE SoLAR Flare 2015 on Oct 9th

After a successful meeting of people interested in learning analytics last year, the Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) project will be holding a another exciting SoLAR Flare event at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, on Friday October 9, 2015 from 9:30am to 4:45pm.

This is a networking gathering for everyone interested in learning analytics. Under the auspices of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and organised by Europe’s Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE), this event forms part of an international series. SoLAR Flares provide opportunities to learn what’s going in learning analytics research and practice, to share resources and experience, and to forge valuable new connections.

The theme for this SoLAR Flare is “Research into Practice” with the day designed to maximise social learning including:

  • a chance to introduce yourself and what you want to know about learning analytics
  • plenty of opportunities to meet with peers and explore collaboration possibilities
  • the chance to hear — and share — lightning updates on what’s happening (volunteer to do one on the registration form)
  • time to explore the future of learning analytics

The day will also include opportunities to learn about how learning analytics are being put into practice in both formal and informal learning environments. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Chris Ballard, Innovation Consultant, Tribal Labs
  • Bart Rienties, Reader in Learning Analytics, The Open University, UK
  • Doug Clow, Senior lecturer at The Open University, UK
  • Patrick McAndrew, Director of the Institute for Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University, UK

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Speaker Series at Emory University

The 2014 – 2015 Learning Analytics Speaker Series at Emory University hosted by the  Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods aims to stimulate conversations about the use of educational data to promote student success, however that may be conceived.

Charles Dziuban (October 2014)

In October 2014 , Charles Dziuban (Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Central Florida) delivered a compelling lecture on the learning analytics through an effective teaching and learning perspective. He compared student success rates in varying course modalities, and showed the characteristics of excellent instructors from the student point of view using concepts such as the Anna Karenina Phenomenon. Chuck’s talk is well summarized in a story by Leslie King for the Emory Report: Statistician Explores how Faculty can Excel in Blended Learning Environments

Alyssa Wise (November 2014)

In November 2014, Alyssa Wise (Associate Professor of Educational Technology & Learning Design, Simon Fraser University) discussed the need to consider how educational data might be embedded within learning environments themselves, as an integral part of the teaching and learning process.  She presented a framework for linking pedagogical intent and student activity through data-based reflection, and used work from the E-Listening Project at Simon Fraser University as an initial example of how this framework might me implemented.

Upcoming Talks (in 2015)

In Spring 2015, the speaker series will continue with lectures from Ryan Baker, John Whitmer, and Dragan Gašević.  As with lectures in the series from Fall 2014, these will be professionally recorded, produced, and made publicly available via the Emory University YouTube Channel. For more information about the Learning Analytics Speaker Series, and about learning analytics at Emory University more generally, please visit Analytics for Learning at Emory (ALE).

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Australian LASI in November


The 2014 Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI) will run 20-21 November in Sydney. ALASI adds another node to SoLAR’s international network of community and discipline-building events. Building on the success of last year, ALASI is the premier forum in Australia for the exchange of knowledge and innovation in learning analytics.

Keynote addresses from Gregor Kennedy and Anne Young will offer distinctive leader / researcher / practitioner perspectives, and will combine with workshops, tutorials and panel discussions to create a friendly, challenging event: engage with the national community right at the intersection of data, algorithms, pedagogy and strategy.

Learn more on the ALASI website…

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LACE SoLAR Flare in October

The Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) project – an initiative funded by the EU’s FP7 programme – will be holding a SoLAR Flare event at The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, on Friday 24 October 2014 from 10am to 4.30pm.

We are inviting technology specialists, teachers, researchers, educators, ICT purchasing decision-makers, senior leaders, business intelligence analysts, policy makers, funders, students, and companies to join us in Milton Keynes.

We have designed the day to maximise social learning, including:

  • plenty of opportunities to meet with peers and explore collaboration possibilities
  • the chance to hear – and share – lightning updates on what’s happening (volunteer to do one on the registration form)
  • time to learn about, and contribute to, the LACE Evidence Hub, which brings together research and experience in a readily accessible form
  • discussions about future directions for learning analytics

You can register for the event here.


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LAK’15 Call for Papers Open!


The Society for Learning Analytics research is pleased to announce that the CFP for the 5th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge “Scaling Up: Big Data to Big Impact” is now open. The conference will take place March 16-20, 2015 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

As we move forward to our 5th annual conference, the theme for LAK’15 shifts the focus from data to impact, reinforcing the notion that Learning Analytics is on the cusp of scalability and continues to grow in importance in education and learning. We invite papers that address the impact of learning analytics and especially encourage submissions that demonstrate how the work is relevant to improving learning for people of all ages, leverages the technologies available to today’s learners, and is scalable within the many places where learning occurs. To accomplish these goals, we seek theoretically motivated papers that utilize analytics to provide direction for understanding and impacting learning.

For details on submitting conference papers please see the full Call for Papers and Author Instructions online. The deadline for submissions is October 14, 2014.

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