2015 Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference Held March 16-20

The 2015 international Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) conference, organized by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) took place at Marist College, in Poughkeepsie, New York the week of March 16th. 

In addition to being the largest LAK conference to date with the largest number of paper submissions, the event brought together, for the first time, open-source software developers from the Apereo Foundation community with learning analytics researchers from SoLAR in a two day pre-conference hackathon.  The session, organized by Alan Berg, Sandeep Jayaprakash and Kate Valenti and others from the Apereo Learning Analytics Initiative focused on exploring options for visualizing data and displaying results on an open-source dashboard tool.  In addition to this pre-conference event, this year saw the introduction of a Practitioner Track which focused on how prior research in the learning analytics field is now being implemented and the impact it is having on issues such as student success.  Over 80% of the attendees indicated that they found these sessions valuable and thus it will be included in future LAK conferences.

The conference drew 320 attendees from 34 countries including, among others, the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, United Kingdom and the Philippines. On average, 55 people viewed the remote live streaming of keynotes and select sessions.  Overall feedback on the event was very positive with 85% reporting that the conference provided “very high” or “high” value  81% indicated that they were "very satisfied" or "Satisfied" with the Practitioner Track and 87% said they enjoyed the combined practitioner and research tracks.  Video recordings of all presentations will be available on SoLAR YouTube channel within the next few weeks.

The 2016 Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh April 25-29, 2016 (http://lak16.solaresearch.org/).  Apereo community members who are interested in the field of learning analytics are encouraged to consider attending!