This is the first full day of the LAK12 conference.
Shane Dawson welcomes everyone, and outlines practical arrangements. Apparently there is only one toilet for all 210 attenders so tickets will be issued.
Simon Buckingham Shum and Dragan Gasevic introduce the programme. Simon talks about what makes LAK special: friendly, sharing, multidisciplinary and bringing researchers and practitioners together. Dragan outlines the submissions – LAK11 had 17 contributions; LAK12 has 40. All papers were peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. Simon talks over the demographics – about 75%/25% M/F. Nationality of authors – US 54, UK 24, CA 20, GER 15, SP 15. About 50% education; less than that about 40%; 30% policy/sensemaking. Academics plenty; business here but not plentiful; a handful of government/public sector. And one other!
There’s the SoLAR AGM on Wednesday 2.30pm, and the reception/technology demo tonight 5-7pm.
Janet Giltrow, Associate Dean of Arts at UBC gives a welcome. Asks for help and input from the conference and learning analytics, particularly around curriculum change. Talks about how technology is changing her research area – new ways of making knowledge for researchers and genre participants. Talks about her research in to an online forum, exploring e.g. co-locations of utterances of interest. Thanks the organisers, welcomes us to Vancouver and says she expects we will need the conference umbrellas!
Caroline Haythornethwaite welcomes everyone, introduces Barry Wellman from University of Toronto, key expert in online social network analysis.