LASI-locals 16

LASI’16 will be not just one big gathering in one place, but a network of online and face-to-face events. As in previous LASI-Locals, there are many ways to engage with LASI’16 by hosting your own meetup at whatever scale works for you, from a handful of work colleagues upwards:

Create a LASI-Local for your community, and track news and views in the Community space. We’re adding events as soon as you get in touch. In calendar order…


LASI-New York, 27 June: Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, NYU (Chairs: Charles Lang, Elizabeth McAlpin & Chad Coleman)

LASI-Atlanta, 27-28 June: Southeast Educational Data Symposium

(Chair: Timothy Harfield).

LASI-Spain, Bilbao, 27-28 June: Spanish Network of Learning Analytics

(Chairs: Susana Romero & Mikel Larrañaga Olagaray).

LASI-Denmark, Aalborg, 7 September: University of Aalborg

(Chair: Ulle Lunde Ringtved).

LASI-Asia, Seoul, 19-20 September: Korea Education & Research Information Service and ISO (Chair: Yong-Sang Cho).

LASI-South Africa, Potchefstroom, 17 Oct: South African Higher Education Learning Analytics (SAHELA) workshop, North-West University.

Australian-LASI (ALASI), Adelaide, 27 Nov: University of South Australia

(Chair: Shane Dawson, Tim Rogers & Cassandra Colvin).


Replay Michigan sessions: the LASI16 Welcome session, 3 Keynote sessions, and the closing Future of Learning Analytics session will all be repayable, but not live streamed  [LASI16 schedule]. Each replay will be posted as soon as possible on the SoLAR LASI16 playlist.

Blog your reflections on LASI (email Srecko if you want to add your reflections as a Chair or Participant) sreckojoksimovic {at} gmail

Tweet on #lasi16 — the live channel to track news and share resources.

Analyse U.Michigan data: UM is using anonymised data as part of its LASI, and remote participants are welcome to join in. Details below.

Designing your LASI-Local

Design your local event to meet the needs of your context. Most events have been face-to-face, but in [ast years have included 100% online, and 50/50 blended. They may scale from nations/regions/states, to a small group in your institution translating the big ideas into practical implications. It may be a small discussion group, to an event with your own speakers, agenda-setting workshops, hands-on tutorials and panels. So think glocal, and think about the mix that will work for you and your community.

This is a fantastic platform for you to take a leadership role, and catalyse educators, technologists, researchers, enterprise and policymakers around shaping the next generation of learning infrastructures to truly serve the needs now facing the education sector, and learning more broadly.

If you are interested in running a regional/local event, please contact Simon.BuckinghamShum {at} with the subject line containing: LASI Local.

Analysing UM datasets

Some of the datasets UM has been considering for LASI are here. The Wiki connected to the project contains details about the contents.

This is the code and associated tables built for the Practical Learning Analytics MOOC at UM. We’ve used these to ask specific questions such as the following:

1) In a particular course, which students are doing worse than their past academic performance would have predicted? We’ve collected much of this under the heading ‘grade penalty’.

2) For a sequence of courses (say Physics I to Physics II) in a subject, what factors predict a students probability to persist to the next course in the sequence?

3) For a given course, which other courses did students take before, concurrently, and after that course? And what were the eventual majors of those students?

Details of how to engage in the data analysis exercise will be shared as soon as ready.