SoLAR Working Groups

Join us in working toward the mission of the society. Get involved with a SoLAR Working Group today!

The SoLAR Executive Working Groups are governed by the SoLAR Executive Committee. The Executive committee is made up of elected members as per the SoLAR by-laws. In addition to the SoLAR Executive, there are working groups created to further the mission and vision of the SoLAR community, as needed.

  • Working group chairs are Executive members who lead and oversee the working groups.
  • Each working group chairperson can volunteer or be nominated.
  • Working groups can be comprised of Executive members and non-executive SoLAR members.
  • Working groups work outside of regular executive meetings.
  • Update and bring forth proposals to the SoLAR Executive as needed.
  • Each working group operates on an annual basis and is reassessed with every new executive team.

If you are interested in joining a SoLAR working Group, please reach out to the individual Working Group Chair and/or our Event & Management Coordinator, Nicole at info@solaresearch.org.

Inclusion Working Group

Working Group Goals:

  • To develop and implement initiatives aimed at the society's goal to promote, elevate and foster an open and inclusive environment; recruit a balanced, diverse (gender, geographic, thematic, etc.) and welcoming membership,

Working Group Chair & Members:

Shenita Ray, Chair (sr1041@georgetown.edu) ; Maren Scheffel, Elle Wang, Stephanie Teasley, Cathy Manly, Gol Irgens

Recent and/or Past Initiatives:

  • August 2019 announced the formation of the first LAK Conference Scholarship to support individuals in the field of learning analytics who live and work in regions of the world that are underrepresented at LAK to attend the conference.
  • March 2019 - held "Speed Mentoring" Network Session at LAK19. Session was geared toward students and early career researchers as the discussed and asked questions to Senior researchers in the community.
  • Created and distributed an Inclusion and Diversity survey to all SoLAR members and the LA community.
    • Please take a moment to answer this quick survey and provide some feedback on how you think Inclusion & Diversity plays a role within LAK, this community and beyond and how the Inclusion Working Group and the SoLAR community can improve. Thank you so much for your time and your continued dedication to our mission - to advance the field of learning analytics globally.

Working Group Goals:

  • To oversee the internal and external communications of the society

Working Group Chair and Members:

Vitomir Kovanovic, Chair (Vitomir.Kovanovic@unisa.edu.au); Shibani Antonette, Anouschka van Leeuwen, Yi-Shan Tsai

Recent and/or Past Initiatives:

  • Launched bi-monthly webinar series in August 2019
  • Launched a Learning Analytics Podcast, SoLAR Spotlight: Conversations in Learning Analytics in July 2019
  • Strengthened the SoLAR monthly newsletter with robust information for SoLAR members and the broader LA community. Sign up here for our mailing list. You can also review our recently published newsletters here.

Working Group Goals:

  • To promote and support the establishment of Special Interest Groups within the Society

Working Group Chair and Members:

Shibani Antonette, Chair (antonette.shibani@uts.edu.au); Charles Lang, Kirsty Kitto

Current SoLAR SIGs:

Interested in joining an already existing SIG? Reach out to the SIG coordinator at any of the pages above.

Interested in establishing a new SoLAR SIG? If so, please review the SoLAR SIG guidelines. Once you have reviewed the guidelines and would like to proceed to submit a proposal to the SIG working group, please complete the Google Form to submit your proposal for review. All SIG proposals are reviewed by the SIG working group and then require approval by the SoLAR Executive Committee. Notifications of SoLAR decision will be made no later than 8 weeks after submission.

Working Group Goals:

  • To maintain the SoLAR website and ensure dissemination of important activities and initiatives within the society

Working Group Chair and Members:

Vitomir Kovanovic, Chair (Vitomir.Kovanovic@unisa.edu.au); Nicole Hoover

Recent and/or Past Initiatives:

  • Launched brand new re-designed solaresearch.org in September 2019
  • Improved membership portal for better functionality for member renewals

Events Working Group

Working Group Goals:

  • To encourage and support the community in hosting learning analytics related events to further the mission of the society by expanding the field of Learning Analytics

Working Group Chair & Members:

Xavier Ochoa, Chair (xavier.ochoa@nyu.edu); Oleksandra Poquet

Event In-Cooperation - If you are organising a conference, local LASI, seminar, symposia, workshop, tutorial, or a similar academic event that relates to learning analytics you might want to apply for SoLAR’s event in-cooperation. Take a look at our event in-cooperation guidelines; if you think that your event meets the criteria you can then fill out our event in-cooperation web form.

Recent SoLAR In-Cooperated Events:

Working Group Goals:

The Working Group aims to work on initiatives to expand membership benefits and increase overall membership for the society. The membership working group also coordinates the Institutional Briefs that are released to all institutional members twice per year.

Working Group Chair and Members:

Oleksandra (Sasha) Poquet, Chair (Sasha.Poquet@unisa.edu.au); Yi-Shan Tsai, Grace Lynch, Nicole Hoover

Working Group Goals:

  • To develop and implement initiatives aimed at the society's goal to promote, elevate and foster an open and inclusive environment; recruit a balanced, diverse (gender, geographic, thematic, etc.) and welcoming membership,

Working Group Chair & Members:

Simon Buckingham Shum, Chair (Simon.BuckinghamShum@uts.edu.au); Dan Davis, Geraldine Gray, Ioana Jivet, Yianna Vovides

SoLAR In-Cooperated Education Projects:

If you are working on a course or study program (for credit or not, online or not), textbook or any other educational project that would benefit the learning analytics community, you might want to apply for SoLAR’s educational in-cooperation. Take a look at our educational project in-cooperation guidelines and if you think your project fulfills the listed criteria, you can fill out our educational project in-cooperation web form. If you have any questions or concerns regarding educational project in-cooperation, please feel free to contact us at info@solaresearch.org.

 
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