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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
Organized by the Society of Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) with assistance of the International
Educational Data Mining Society (IEDMS).
* 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
* 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.
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
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
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
* 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.
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
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 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
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
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