Monthly Archives: April 2012

LAK12: Vancouver, recorded and live streamed

The Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2012 conference is being held in Vancouver this year. We started in Banff last year and were pleased to have ~100 attendees. This year, we’re sold out at 200+ and have about 40 people on a waiting list. Their is a high level of interest in analytics in learning and as the first conference addressing this area, LAK is getting significant positive buzz.

The conference program (titles/abstracts) is now available. It’s outstanding. All sessions will be recorded and most will be live streamed. Information will be posted on the main conference site.

If you want to stay up to speed on conference activity, follow the LAKconf twitter feed and/or the LAK12 tag.

Huge kudos to conference chairs Shane Dawson and Caroline Haythornthwaite and program chairs Dragan Gasevic and Simon Buckingham Shum for pulling together a terrific event.

For those of you attending LAK12 – looking forward to meeting you! We have a range of social activities (including a great dinner on May 1) and many opportunities for SIGs and informal interactions.

Learning Analytics Resources

It’s getting to be an understatement that learning analytics are exploding as an area of interest. Attention to data and analytics appeals to a fairly broad spectrum – research, K-12, universities, administrators, and startups.

While we are getting dangerously close to hype-level, the quality and breadth of literature on learning analytics and educational datamining is improving as well. A few recent resources that I’ve come across may be of interest:

The State of Learning Analytics in 2012:A Review and Future Challenges (.pdf). An excellent report by Rebecca Ferguson, providing an overview of LA as well as challenges going forward.

Analytics in Higher Education: Establishing a Common Language (.pdf) Self explanatory by title alone :).

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics (.pdf). A report by US Dept of Education. Details analytics processes and provides important challenges to consider if the field of LA is to progress.

And finally, last week I presented to EDUCAUSE’s online conference on learning analytics. Slides are below:

LAK12: Sold Out!

From my experiences with conference in education, especially research conferences, selling out an event is extremely rare. Last year, when LAK11 was held in Banff, we were worried right until the conference about attendance and how much we would lose. We managed to get 100 attendees and break even. A huge relief and an excellent event. The proceedings have since been published by ACM and the session recordings are available online.

LAK12 is being held in Vancouver this year. Shane Dawson and Caroline Haythornthwaite are conference co-chairs and Dragan Gasevic and Simon Buckingham Shum are program chairs for LAK12. A few weeks ago, the conference was officially sold out with about 200 expected to attend. Amazing…and an encouraging statement of the need and interest for a research-oriented view of learning analytics. A quick scan of the conference program (.pdf) suggests an outstanding event!

While I’m not clear of the details, the conference will be streamed and recorded. More details will be posted as soon as they are available.