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Eighth «face-to-face» coordination meeting of the LALA project – Madrid, Spain.

The eighth coordination meeting of the LALA project took place on October 16, 17, and 18, 2019, in Madrid – Spain. The main focuses of this meeting were the piloting and dissemination work packages. All partners presented their advance in the last months since the last face-to-face meeting in Leuven regarding their pilots. In particular, the following topics were covered: monitoring of the progress of the pilots, analysis, and evaluation of the pilots, agreement on the final document to report the pilots, assignment of tasks and deadlines.

This meeting had a different format from the previous face-to-face meetings since there was more time for bilateral meetings and discussions in groups. Besides, during this meeting, administrative and project management issues were discussed as well as dissemination activities such as training packages and future dissemination actions. The next coordination meeting will be in Leuven, Belgium, from March 19 to 21, 2020.

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/