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.
Second meeting March 2018
On Monday, March 19th and Tuesday, March 20th, the second meeting of the LALA Project (Learning Analytics Latin America) was held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. The objective of this meeting was to report the progress of the activities of the first six months of the project, as well as to plan and coordinate the following tasks to be carried out.
The final versions of the management guidelines, the conflict resolution protocol and the quality plan were presented first. As a second point, advances were made in the creation of the LALA Community as well as in the organization of the First Latin American Conference and Summer School of Learning Analytics to be held in Guayaquil – Ecuador from 9 to 10 July 2018.
One of the the most important points of the meeting was the presentation of the progress of the LA adoption guide called “LALA Framework”. This framework is composed of 3 guides that are: 1) institutional and ethical dimensions, 2) technical and methodological aspects, and 3) common aspects. As a final activity of the meeting, the planning of the type of tools to be developed for the adaptation and testing phase began.
On March 21, the seminar “learning analytics for management and quality in higher education” was held, organized by the UC Engineering School and U-Planner. In this event, the current state and the challenges of Learning Analytics were addressed. To do this, the seminar counted on the participation and exhibition of several members of the LALA Project.
Kick off meeting December 2017
From December 11th to December 13th, the kick-off meeting was carried out at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid, in which the work packages were established, along with each university’s activities and responsibilities.
There were workshops and presentations about Learning Analytics tools in charge of KULeuven, University of Edinburgh and, Carlos III University of Madrid, as well as presentations about available systems, data and expectations in Learning Analytics in charge of ESPOL, UACH, PUC and U. CUENCA universities.
The objectives, methodologies, and results of the SHEILA project were presented, as well as the objectives, methodologies, and activities of the LALA framework and how to apply the SHEILA project on it.