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.
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.
Third face-to-face meeting July 2018
On Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th, July 2018, the third face-to-face meeting of the LALA Project (Learning Analytics in Latin America) was held at the Escuela Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. This meeting, besides coordinating the administrative and project management issues, focused mainly on the formation of the LALA Community, which includes institutions but also specific people interested in learning analytics (LA) in Latin America.
Likewise, another important point of the meeting was the presentation of the first version of the LA adoption guide called “LALA Framework”. LALA Framework is a set of guidelines and instruments to facilitate and promote the design, implementation and adoption of LA tools at the institutional level, related to four dimensions: institutional, technological, ethical and the fourth dimension of the community.
In addition, initial steps were taken to adapt tools and services for learning analytics in Latin America. Finally, the dates for the next coordination meetings were planned and established, which will be in Edinburgh, Scotland from September 10th to 12th, 2018 and in Cuenca, Ecuador from November 27 to 29th, 2018 F.
One upcoming event is, a symposium on “Analytical learning for management and quality in Higher Education Institutions in Ecuador” which will be organized by the University of Cuenca on Monday, November 26th this year.