IMPLEMENTING LEARNING ANALYTICS FOR AN ACADEMIC COUNSELING SYSTEM
An experience in the ESPOL (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral).
Session on the LALA project in LASI-Spain 2019 – Mar Pérez-Sanagustín y Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino.
On June 27, a 2-hour workshop about the LALA project took place in Vigo (Spain). This workshop was part of the activities of the LASI-Spain 2019 event, an annual event on learning analytics that was organized in Spain. The workshop was taught by Mar Pérez-Sanagustín (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) and Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino (Carlos III University of Madrid). During this workshop, several topics were introduced such as the objectives of the LALA project, the ongoing activities, how to apply the LALA framework in a practical manner, the different tools that have been adapted in the LALA project, etc.
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/