The LALA (Learning Analytics Latin America) project aims to build the local capacity to design, implement and use Learning Analytics tools in Latin America Higher Education Institutions(HEI), with the aid of European Universities, to provide a powerful tool to solve any problem where academic data analysis is necessary.
Fourth face-to-face meeting September 2018
From September 11th to September 13th, the fourth meeting of the LALA Project (Learning Analytics in Latin America) was held at University of Edinburgh (Scotland). This meeting focused mainly on the adaptation of learning analytics tools and the validation of the LALA Framework. The different Latin American partners presented preliminary results of their analysis of the focus groups. In addition, reports on administrative and project managements activities were informed. The main agreements approved by the steering committee were the following. Jorge Maldonado (representative from PUC) will be the LALA community coordinator. A new version of the LALA community statutes is approved. An agreement with the UNESCO Chair of Digital Education, coordinated by Prof. Carlos Delgado Kloos (UC3M), in which, the new members of the LALA community will become members of the UNESCO Chair of Digital Education. A bulletin with information about the LALA project will be sent to the LALA community with a periodicity of 6 months.
The next coordination meeting will be in Cuenca, Ecuador from November Tuesday 27th to Wednesday 28th, 2018. On Monday, November 26th, the symposium “Analytical learning for management in Higher Education Institutions. Ecuador Chapter”, organized by the University of Cuenca will also be held.
The upcoming LALA workshop and summer school will take place during 2 days in Valdivia (25th and 26th March 2019), being UACH the local organizers.
I Latin American Conference on Analytical Learning and Summer School LALA 2018 was held in Guayaquil – Ecuador
The Escuela Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, together with the LALA partners, Carlos III University of Madrid – Spain, University of Edinburgh – United Kingdom, KU Leuven – Belgium, University of Cuenca – Ecuador, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile – Chile and Austral University of Chile – Chile, organized in Guayaquil – Ecuador, the I Latin American Conference on Analytical Learning and Summer School LALA 2018.
The Conference and Summer School, which took place for the first time in Latin America, was held on July 9th and 10th. The Conference, on the one hand, aimed to reflect the development of Learning Analytics in Latin American countries, to be a window to observe the state of the art of Learning Analytics in other nations, and to present the Learning Analytics community for Latin America. On the other hand, the Summer School sought to train researchers interested in this subject, through prestigious exhibitors who are part of the LALA Project Consortium.
For the Conference, 37 articles were received, whose authors come from 12 countries: Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. With an acceptance rate of 60%, 22 articles were included in the program, distributed in 14 presentations and eight posters.
During the event, Carlos Alario, the representative of Carlos III University of Madrid, presented the scope of the LALA project, which seeks to improve the quality, efficiency and relevance of Higher Education in Latin America; developing local capacities to create, adapt, implement and adopt Learning Analytics tools that improve the academic decision-making process.