LAK12: Monday morning

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.

Koerner Library

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.
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LAK12: Learning Analytics and Knowledge, Vancouver

I’m at the Second International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK12) in Vancouver, Canada.

The conference hastag is #lak12, and updates are on @lakconf; there’ll also be a livestream video for the main conference.

This is the first of several liveblogs from me from the conference. There are notes mainly for me, but posted here in the hope they might be useful to others.

Today (Sunday 29 April) is the pre-conference workshops; the conference proper runs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The workshops are taking place on the UBC campus in Vancouver, which is a fascinating mix of buildings set in stunning Pacific coastal parkland. If I had to emigrate I wouldn’t mind working here.

Museum of Anthropology
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