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The ninth edition of the Learning Analytics Summer Institute Spain 2020 (LASI Spain 2020), organized by the Universidad de Valladolid and SNOLA (Spanish Network of Learning Analytics) will be fully online on June 15-16 2020. Therefore, the conference programme has been established taking into account the time difference with Latin America in order to promote a meeting point for both learning analytics communities.

In this conference, we will have the opportunity for diverse paper sessions, including a panel session with researchers from Latin America and a doctoral consortium, as well as two international keynote talks by speakers of great relevance in the area:

  • Abelardo Pardo from the  University of South Australia on “Effective adoption of Learning Analytics in Educational Institutions”

  • Michail N. Giannakos  from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on “Sensing-based Analytics to Support Learning Design”

LASI Spain is free of cost for all participants. In any case, registration will be required to allow us to organize properly and offer a full conference experience to the attendees.

Learn more on the LASI-Spain  2020 website.

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LALA Framework

In order to support the development and adoption of learning analytics in this region, the project “Building Capacity to Use Learning Analytics to Improve Higher Education in Latin America (LALA Project) – co-funded by the Erasmus + Program of the European Union- has developed the LALA framework (or LALA Framework). The objective of this framework is to guide the design, implementation and use of learning analytical tools in Higher Education Institutions in Latin America. This LALA framework has been developed in joint work with Latin American and European universities, taking as a reference the framework proposed by the SHEILA project and other European projects.

Specifically, the framework is composed of four fundamental dimensions: 1) the Institutional dimension, which considers the current and desired state of the institution in relation to policies and strategies for the incorporation of LA tools; 2) the Technological dimension, which considers the technical needs for the adoption and / or the design and implementation of LALA tools in the institution; 3) the Ethics dimension, which considers the necessary guidelines for the ethical use of data, safeguarding the privacy of users, maximizing the benefits associated with the use of educational data and minimizing the possible risks of their manipulation; and, 4) the Communal dimension, which proposes a series of guidelines for the institution to be integrated into a LALA Community and thus have support for research and development in this area.

Each of these dimensions is addressed in a manual, and each manual describes the methodologies and instruments to support different processes. This work has been protected by Creative Commons (CC) with the aim of facilitating adaptation and use for other contexts. The link to the LALA Framework document is the following: https://www.lalaproject.org/deliverables/

 

LALA Tools

The project Building Capacity to Use Learning Analytics to Improve Higher Education in Latin America (LALA Project) – co-funded by the Erasmus + Program of the European Union – presents to the LALA Community, the learning analytics tools developed within the framework of the LALA Project.

The purpose of these tools is to ensure that project results have a beneficial impact on the operation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Latin America in general. Likewise, the intention is to present examples of implementation and their possible uses.

These tools have been developed in joint work between universities in Latin America and Europe, based on the reference framework of LALA (LALA Framework) and European experiences.

We invite you to know each of the tools, as well as their source code, the demo version, videos and explanatory manuals at the following link: https://www.lalaproject.org/demo/