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2nd Call for participation

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Vitomir Kovanovic <[log in to unmask]>

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Due to the change in location of LASI'14, which is now Harvard Graduate School of Education in 
Cambridge, MA, USA, the second call for participation is issued. 



2nd Call for participation

2nd Learning Analytics Summer Institutes (LASI 2014)

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA, USA, June 30 – July 2, 2014
http://www.solaresearch.org/events/lasi-2/lasi2014/
 
Organized by the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) with assistance of the International 
Educational Data Mining Society (IEDMS). 


Important dates

* Application for participation (first call): January 31, 2014
* Application for participation (second call): May 4, 2014
* Notification of acceptance: May 8, 2014
* Summer institute: June 30 - July 2, 2014



Important notes

* LASI 2014 will not charge any registration fees. 
* LASI 2014 does not have a call for presentation and/or talk proposals. 
* Only applications that will have provided the information requested in the application form outlined in 
the call will be considered. 



Introduction

Learning Analytics as both a research topic and emerging marketplace has recently received attention of 
faculty, educational researchers and administrators, policy makers, data scientists and learning 
technology entrepreneurs. Unprecedented quantity of, and access to, learner-generated data has opened 
up new opportunities, for instance, for researchers to better understand how learners learn, for educators 
to assess the impact of teaching activities and interventions, and for learners to receive personalized, 
real-time, automated support for their learning advancements.

Learning Analytics (LA) as a field is related to disciplines such as educational data mining, machine 
learning, information visualisation and computer science in general, various branches of psychology, 
learning sciences, psychometrics, and systems theory.  LA aspires to integrate cognitive, social, 
pedagogical, technical, and organizational components to advance a holistic view of learners and their 
learning processes. Cross-disciplinary research, publications, and documented socio-technical systems, 
designs and algorithms are important for advancing these goals.

For the past four years, the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) has hosted open online 
courses, the international LAK conference and national meet-ups, initiated a distributed research lab for 
PhD students, and established the Journal of Learning Analytics. During this timeframe, researchers 
from learning sciences, computer supported collaborative learning, and related disciplines have found 
research affinity with the emerging LA field.

Leading international universities have initiated programs and enacted strategies to use LA to improve 
learner success and organizational efficiency. Numerous schools have adopted personalization and 
adaptive learning systems to support learners. Corporations and start-ups have also turned their focus to 
learning analytics, resulting in numerous entrants into the LA market.

This bricolage of research, intersecting fields of study, and corporate activity has created an exciting, 
albeit sometimes confusing, landscape for academics, PhD students, and the diverse users of LA 
products and projects



Summer Institutes

A critical window of opportunity is opening as we stand on the threshold of what may be a new discipline 
with disruptive potential for educational research and practice. Bringing the right mix of people together 
for an intensive ‘summer camp’ can serve as an intellectual and social springboard to accelerate the 
maturation of the discipline — as was the case for other young disciplines, such as cognitive 
neuroscience.

After the 1st such event in Stanford in 2013, the 2nd Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI 2014) is 
a strategic event organized by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) in cooperation with 
the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The International Educational Data Mining Society is also 
assisting with event organization. LASI 2014 will be held in Cambridge, MA, USA from June 30, 2014 to 
July 2, 2014.

As we did last year, in parallel a global network of LASI-Locals will run their own gatherings. Last year we 
had: LASI-Hong Kong, LASI-Denmark — Aalborg, LASI-Latin America — Online, LASI-France — Lyon, 
LASI-Netherlands — Amsterdam, LASI-South Africa — Pretoria, LASI-Spain — Granada, LASI-Spain — 
Madrid, LASI-UK — Edinburgh, LASI-USA — Boston, and A-LASI – Sydney. So get inspired, and self-
organise! This year, we are planning ways in which the activities of LASI-Locals will be more visible to 
Cambridge, MA, USA and to each other.

The objective is that participants will leave better equipped to actively engage in advancing the LA field 
through their teaching and research activities. More specifically, LASI has two goals:

* Build the field of Learning Analytics through cross disciplinary interactions, identification of research 
and teaching needs, advancement of LA methods, and connecting isolated researchers and research 
communities. 

* Develop the skills and knowledge of doctoral students and academics, equipping them to engage 
actively in LA research and teaching.


In the selection of participants, we will strive for a careful balance between disciplines, skillsets and 
seniority — see the application criteria for details.



Format

LASI2014’s goals of building the LA field and developing the skills of researchers, educators and 
students will be achieved through a combination of lectures, hands-on tutorials, group work and ample 
opportunity for informal interactions. Activities include presentations from leading researchers, innovative 
start-ups, and experts from related fields, coupled with panels and workshops… all designed to define 
the needs of the LA field, identify research gaps and needs, forge the community and establish a 
research agenda.



Organizing Committee

Ryan S.J.d. Baker, Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
Simon Buckingham Shum, The Open University, UK (LASI-Locals chair)
Shane Dawson, University of South Australia, Australia
Erik Duval, KU Leuven, Belgium (program co-chair)
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University, Canada (program co-chair)
Garron Hillaire, Harvard University, USA (Local Organizer)
Charels Lang, Harvard University, USA (Local Organizer)
Philip Long, University of Queensland, Australia
Grace Lynch, University of New England, Australia
Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador
Mykola Pechenizkiy, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands  (program co-chair)
Salvador Ros, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain
George Siemens, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
Llanos Tobarra, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain



Enquiries

Enquiries about participating in, or sponsoring, LASI may be emailed to <lasi2014.madrid atsign 
gmail.com> with the subject line containing: LASI Enquiry

If you are interested in connecting with the others running a regional/local event, please contact Simon 
Buckingham Shum <s.buckingham.shum atsign gmail.com> with the subject line containing: LASI Local

Speakers in Cambridge, MA, USA are by invitation, with the program now being designed. Queries 
around the program should go to Dragan Gasevic <dragan.gasevic atsign gmail.com> with the subject 
line containing: LASI Program. Regional/local satellite events will design their own schedules and 
programs.




How to participate
 
To apply for participation in LASI 2014 in Cambridge, MA, USA please complete the following application 
form available in the EasyChair site of LASI 2014  (https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?
conf=lasi2014.). The details about the application process can be found at 
http://www.solaresearch.org/events/lasi-2/lasi2014/

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