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Learning Analytics

SoLAR Flare Event in UK

Dr Doug Clow
This event took place on 24th October 2014 at 10:00am (09:00 GMT)
Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall Campus, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

The LACE project invites everyone interested in the research and use of learning analytics to this one day networking gathering event in October at the Open University in Milton Keynes (UK). Under the auspices of the Society for Learning Analytics Research(SoLAR) and organized by Europe’s Learning Analytics Community Exchange (LACE) project, this event forms part of an international series. SoLAR Flares provide opportunities to learn what’s going on in learning analytics research and practice, to share resources and experience, and to forge valuable new connections within the education sector and beyond.

The event will be of interest to a range of people including technology specialists, teachers, researchers, educators, ICT purchasing decision-makers, senior leaders, business intelligence analysts, policy makers, funders, students, and companies. There will be: opportunities to meet with peers and explore collaboration possibilities; the chance to hear, and share your own, lightning updates on what’s happening; time to learn about and contribute to the LACE Learning Analytics Evidence Hub; and keynote presentation.

About the organisers: SoLAR is an inter-discplinary network of leading international researchers interested in the role and impact of learning analytics and it defines learning analytics as ‘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’. The LACE project is an EU funded initiative that is working to promote knowledge exchange and increase the evidence base in the schools, higher education, workplace learning and informal learning sectors. The Open University is the leading provider of distance education in the UK and is a LACE project partner.

Numbers are limited, so book early. If the number of places has apparently been exceeded please do join the waiting list as we’ll work to include you if possible. Some of the sessions will be shared online after the event, however to make the most of the opportunities to meet and discuss face to face, we would encourage you to attend if you can.


10:00 Introduction and welcome

10:15 ‘The Apereo Learning Analytics initiative’, Alan Berg (University ofAmsterdam and Apereo Foundation)and Patrick Lynch (Hull University)

10:45 'Learning analytics at massive scale', Chris Lowis (FutureLearn)

11:45 Lightning Presentations

15:45 Summary and Future Directions

Select from replays below:

10:00 am Introduction-Alan Berg-Patrick Lynch and Chris Lowis
11:45 am Lightning Presentations
4:00 pm Summary and Future Directions

The webcast was open to 400 users