LAK13: Thursday (6) Keynote

More liveblogging from LAK13 conference – Thursday morning, keynote.

(Roy Pea is unable to attend, so Abelardo Pardo’s keynote has been moved here from Friday.)

Erik Duval welcomes everyone again. Dan Suthers gives an overview of the program. Best papers will be announced later.

Simon Buckingham Shum – in the 80s, neuroscience started, formation as a discipline. John Bruer had annual brain camps to form the field. The Learning Analytics Summer Institute is aimed at taking that role. First week of July in Stanford, but also a network of satellite event – LASI-Local events, running in parallel – five so far, across the world. You can create your own too!

Dragan Gasevic – new journal. Journal of Learning Analytics. Education-Computation-Sensemaking. Research papers, reflective practitioner papers. Any discipline. Any focus. Editors – Shane Dawson, Dragan Gasevic, Phillip Long – and John Campbell for reflective practitioner section. Peer reviewed, three issues a year. Open access CC BY-NC-ND. Issue submission April 30, 2013. Call for special issue proposals. @jla_editorial

Two special issues coming out, including American Behavioural Scientist. SoLAR has its AGM at lunchtime.

SpeakUp tool – mobile app, on Google Play and the Apple App Store – can use it to raise questions and peer-review (thumbs-up/down) other questions.

belgian chocolates
(cc) buttersweet on Flickr

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LAK13: Wednesday morning (2)

More liveblogging from LAK13 conference – Wednesday morning, second session.

Visualization to support awareness and reflection

Second session at LAK13. Ravi from Copenhagen is the chair.

Zumba crowd
(cc) Cimm/Simon Shoeters on Flickr. This is not a photo of the conference itself but it is very much like this.

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LAK12: Wednesday morning (1)

Liveblog notes from LAK13 Learning Analytics Conference in Leuven, Belgium.

Welcome and Opening

Erik Duval, General chair for LAK13 and local host, welcomes everyone.

The Vice-Rector of Science, Engineering and Technology at KU Leuven, Karen Maex, welcomes people and tells people a bit about KU Leuven. Been around since 1425, have a wide and deep historical and cultural heritage. Interdisciplinarity of LAK is good. Changes in communications patterns in society. Open, social models of learning. The first core business of a university is educating students to take part in a society that has changed so much.

Dan Suthers, Program chair for LAK13, welcomes everyone. He and Katrien thank authors and reviewers. Thanks the other chairs too. Theme of conference – Learning Analytics as a ‘middle space’. Very diverse ideas, now we’re moving to identify a core – though not too tightly. So keen on learning, and analytics. Conception of learning can be broad: no correct conception. Individuals as agents of learning, or something small groups do, or process of becoming a member of a community (LPP) where the community is the entity that’s changing. Different epistemologies of learning – moving information around, or it’s intersubjective meaning-making, or the process of becoming part of a community. We want to stay open to these questions. But we need to be explicit and clear about our own conception of what learning is. Interesting diversity and contributions – can be new technologies, or exploring their utility for informing our understanding of learning or the educational enterprise. The ‘middle space’, and ‘productive multivocality’. We do have many voices – different theoretical, methodological traditions; researchers, teachers, administrators, policy-makers, funders. Challenge for discourse. Risk of two extremes – it breaks up in to different discourses, or an ill-considered mish-mash of traditions. We need to find appropriate boundary objects, things that are meaningful in multiple traditions, the shared referent enables productive discourse. Asking everyone to seek this in the conference.

Nice chart of submission types over time – from 30ish in 2011, 60ish in 2012, >100 in 2013. Slides from Xavier. Acceptance rate going down: 63%, 39%, 28% this year. New and returning authors – most are new but some returning.

Katrien Verbert talks a bit about Conference Navigator. Has links to the full papers. Can add talks to your schedule, see who else is attending. They’ll use the data to develop visualisations. Introduces first keynote speaker: Marsha Lovett, from Carnegie Mellon University.

Keynote: Marsha Lovett – Cognitively Informed Analytics to Improve Teaching and Learning

Gothic townhall of Leuven, Belgium
(cc) Eddy Van 3000 on Flickr. The conference reception is actually in this building.

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