Project LALA: Framework for the adoption of learning analytics in Latin America – Miguel Ángel Zúñiga
On May 31st, Miguel Angel Zuniga, local coordinator of the LALA Project for the University of Cuenca presented the keynote speech “Project LALA: Framework for the adoption of learning analytics in Latin America.” This talk was given under the framework of the International Conference on Advances in Emerging Trends and Technologies – ICAETT 2019 in Quito, Ecuador. This keynote presented the LALA methodological framework (The LALA Framework) whose objective is to support the development of the culture of learning analytics in higher education institutions in Latin America. This methodological framework guides the design, implementation and adoption of learning analytical tools from four fundamental dimensions:
- The institutional dimension, related to the political and strategic aspects of the institution;
- The technological dimension, related to the technical aspects associated with the design and implementation of technological tools;
- The ethical dimension, related to the ethical aspects of data processing and management; and
- The communal dimension, related to the generation of a research community and good practices around learning analytics in Latin America.
Student Success Informed by Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence – Isabel Hilliger
On Tuesday, May 28th, Isabel Hilliger, member of the LALA team, participated in the workshop “Student Success Informed by Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence” conducted by the consortium STHEM Brazil. In this workshop, which involved 171 teachers from 50 Higher Education Institutions in Brazil, Isabel discussed the adoption of Learning Analytics tools. Participants had the opportunity to:
- Identify learning analytics needs in their institutions through the LALA Canvas.
- Understand what technical and ethical considerations are relevant when adopting learning analytics tools at the institutional level.
- Learn more about the LALA Community and about the opportunities to exchange experiences in the region.
LALA Webinar – Isabel Hilliger
On May 14, Isabel Hilliger, Deputy Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Quality at the School of Engineering – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and member of the LALA team participated in a webinar through Microsoft Teams organized by U-Planner. This webinar counted on the participation of 15 assistants, among them, managers of the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia.The objectives to fulfill were:
- Disseminate the LALA project among decision makers of Latin American universities, providing guidelines on how to join the community, and
- Present the case of the adoption of an analytical tool for the continuous improvement of curricula in the School of Engineering of the PUC and the way to exemplify the use of learning analytics in the educational management of Higher Education Institutions in the region.
II Latin American Conference on Learning Analytics LALA 2019 was held in Valdivia – Chile
The Austral University of Chile, UACh, together with the LALA partners, Carlos III University of Madrid – Spain, University of Edinburgh – United Kingdom, KU Leuven – Belgium, University of Cuenca – Ecuador, Escuela Politécnica del Litoral – Ecuador and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile – Chile, organized in Valdivia – Chile, the II Latin American Conference on Learning Analytics LALA 2019.
The Conference, which took place for the second time in Latin America, was held on March 18th and 19th. The Conference 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.
For the Conference, 35 articles were received, whose authors came from 9 countries: Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, USA, México, Brazil, Guatemala and Argentina. With an acceptance rate of 54%, 19 articles were included in the program, distributed in 14 oral presentations and five posters.
During the event, Carlos Alario, the representative of Carlos III University of Madrid, opened the session with his presentation entitled “Decision making based on educational data analysis”. Traditionally, the teaching and learning processes have been developed taking as a reference the own experience of teachers and students. However, nowadays, data is essential for decision making in education. Teachers must rely on data to improve the content they offer to students and redesign their classes. Students must rely on data to improve their self-regulatory learning skills. The potential of a correct use of the data affects any educational level (pre-university education, higher education, lifelong learning), and educational context (face-to-face education, virtual education, hybrid education – blended).
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/
Fifth “face-to-face” coordination meeting of the LALA project
The fifth coordination meeting of the LALA project took place on November 27th and 28, 2018 in the City of Cuenca – Ecuador. This meeting, besides dealing with administrative issues and project management, had as a main objective to present the advances in the development of the “back-end” of the learning analytics tools that are being adapted. Likewise, a LALA architecture was proposed that is composed of the following elements: web application (front-end and back-end), anonymization service, authorization server and database, with the aim that each institution will replicate this architecture. Additionally, the preliminary results of the early warning system for the detection of students at risk of dropping out (UC3M) and the advances in the design of the counseling tool (KU Leuven) were presented. The University of Edinburgh, for its part, is helping all Latin American partners to use the On Task learning analytics tool. This tool is especially useful for providing feedback and personalized learning. Finally, during this meeting, agreements were established on the tasks to be carried out to adapt the learning analytics tools, their managers and deadlines. Also, it was agreed that the data collection for pilots will begin in April 2019 and the piloting phase will end in June 2020. The next coordination meeting will be in Valdivia, Chile, from March 20 to 21, 2019. On the other hand, on March 18 and 19, the II Latin American Conference on Learning Analyzes will be held – LALA 2019 organized by Universidad Austral de Chile.
Symposium “Learning analytics for management in Higher Education Institutions. Ecuador Chapter”
The University of Cuenca, together with the partners of the LALA Project, organized in Cuenca – Ecuador, the Symposium “Learning Analytics for Management in Institutions of Higher Education. Ecuador Chapter “. This event, held on Monday, November 26, 2018, aimed to present the benefits and challenges of the implementation of the Learning Analytics in Latin America to the main representatives and researchers of the Universities of the Region. Likewise, different tools were presented that are being developed and adapted by the members of the LALA Project. For this, the symposium had the participation and exposure of several members of the Project.
On November 21st, 2018, Tom Broos of the Catholic University of Louvain (KU Leuven) presented a lecture titled “Learning Analytics opportunities for Latin America” at the National Congress of “Information and Communication Technologies of Ecuador” TIC- EC 2018, at the National University of Chimborazo in the city of Riobamba (Ecuador). Congress link: https://www.cedia.edu.ec/es/ticec2018
Workshop: Learning Dashboard for 1st year students – the (without) senses of success probabilities and predictive models
On November 14th, 2018 at the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) the Workshop “Learning Dashboard for 1st year students – the (without) meanings of the probabilities of success and predictive models” was developed by Dr. Tinne De Laet of the Catholic University of Louvain (KU Leuven).
International Congress of Trends in Educational Innovations
On November 11th, 2018, Jorge Maldonado, Coordinator of the LALA Community, presented a virtual talk at the International Congress of Trends in Educational Innovations: http://citieconference.com/.. In this presentation we talked about the LALA Community and how to do Learning Analytics with MOOC data.
Workshop: Process of Academic Counseling and Tutoring to Undergraduate Students
On November 7th, 2018 at the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh), the Workshop “Process of Academic Counseling and Tutorial for Undergraduate Students” was held, conducted by Dr. Tinne De Laet of the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven).
Second International MOOC MAKER 2018 Conference
Mr. Jorge Maldonado, PhD (c) made a presentation on the LALA Community within the framework of the Second International Conference MOOC MAKER 2018 “Digital Culture for Education of the XXI Century” (http://www.mooc-maker.org/moocs18/?lang=es) that took place on October 11th and 12th, 2018 at Universidad Católica del Norte in Medellin, Colombia.
International Congress of Computing and Systems CONAIS 2018
Within the framework of the “NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF COMPUTERS AND SYSTEMS – CONAIS 2018” that took place in Mexico at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, on October 4th, 2018, Mr. Miguel Ángel Zúñiga Prieto, PhD from the University of Cuenca (Ecuador), presented the keynote Conference entitled “LALA collaboration network. Impact and benefits”. Conference link: http://congresos.ujat.mx/conais/conferencias
Seminar: Providing personalized feedback using OnTask
On October 3rd, 2018, the “Providing personalized feedback using OnTask” seminar was organized by the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia. In this event, OnTask was presented, a software tool that collects and evaluates data on students’ activities throughout the semester. This tool allows instructors to design personalized comments with suggestions about their learning strategies. To achieve this, the seminar was attended by Dr. Rafael Ferreira, a professor at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco in Brazil and currently a postdoctoral visiting researcher at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Within the framework of the CLEI-LACLO 2018 conference, the Latin American Informatics Conference – (CLEI) and the Latin American Conference on Learning Technologies – (LACLO), held from October 1st to 5th, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the facilities of the Mackenzie University, the diffusion of the LALA community was carried out. A meeting was also held with the CLEI working groups with whom agreements were sought with the purpose of strengthening the community and creating a specific working group on Learning Analytics.
Within the framework of the LWMOOCs 2018 congress held in Madrid in September 2018, Pedro J. Muñoz-Merino of the Carlos III University of Madrid gave a guest talk entitled “Learning Analytics in MOOCs” that included the presentation of the LALA project. Conference link: http://learningwithmoocs2018.org
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 (18th and 19th March 2019), being UACH the local organizers.
Talk “Discovering learning strategies”
On September 11th, 2018, in the auditorium of the University Foundation of Popayán, Colombia, the talk “Discovering learning strategies” was presented. Furthermore, the LALA Community that guides Jorge Maldonado was also presented. The event was organized by the Educational Innovation Seminar SINNE of the InnovAccion Cauca project, MOOCMenTES and MOOC-MAKER.
International Conference CITT-2018
During the International Conference CITT-2018 that took place in the city of Babahoyo – Ecuador from August 2th9 to August 31st, 2018, Carlos Delgado Kloos, representative of the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), promoted the LALA Project through his presentation “What can we do in education with less friction?”
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.
Seminar “Learning Analytics for management and quality in higher education”
On March 21st, the seminar “Learning analytics for management and quality in higher education” was held, organized by the PUC School of Engineering and the U-Planner company. In this event, the current state and the challenges of Learning analytics were approached. To achieve this, the seminar counted on the participation and exhibition of several members of the LALA Project.
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.
International Conference on Learning Analysis and Knowledge LAK18
Martijn Millecamp, KU Leuven (Belgium), promoted the LALA Project during the Eighth International Conference on Learning Analysis and Knowledge LAK18. The Conference was held in Sydney, Australia, from March 5th to 9th, 2018.
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.