SoLAR Flare UK (OU, 2012)

SoLAR Flare UK (19 Nov 2012) #FlareUK

Mon 19 Nov 2012, The Open University
Jennie Lee Building, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA [

This is the first UK gathering dedicated to the exploding field of Learning Analytics. Under the auspices of Society for Learning Analytics Research and sponsored by The Open University & JISC Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards, this inaugural UK Flare invites you to learn what’s going in the country, and forge valuable new connections. Sheila MacNeill from JISC-CETIS will also launch their fantastic new series of reports on the state of the art in Learning Analytics – and where the future may go.

SoLAR defines learning analytics as “the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.”

Part of SoLAR’s mission is to improve the quality of dialogue within and across the many stakeholders impacted by Learning Analytics. We therefore invite technology specialists, researchers, educators, ICT purchasing decision-makers, senior leaders, business intelligence analysts, policy makers, funders, students, and companies to join us in Milton Keynes for this inaugural event.

We’ve designed the day to maximise social learning including:

  • plenty of opportunity to meet with peers and explore collaboration possibilities
  • the chance to hear — and share — lightning updates on what’s happening (step up to do one on the registration form)
  • the opportunity to shape future Flares

For those who can’t make it in person, some of the sessions will be replayable — but really, this is an event to join face to face if at all possible, since we’re gathering to form a new national community and build relationships through informal discussions.

Numbers are limited so book early.

We look forward to seeing you!

Simon Buckingham Shum, Rebecca Ferguson, Doug Clow (Open University)
Sheila MacNeill (JISC CETIS)
Co-Chairs, SoLAR UK Flare

Blog posts: Sheila MacNeill / Myles Danson / Adam Cooper / Doug Clow – see below…

Outline programme

9.30 Coffee (Nexus open zone)

10.00 Welcome to SoLAR Flare UK! (Ambient Lab) [Doug’s liveblog notes]

10.15 Lightning updates – 2 mins/2 slides/person (Ambient Lab)

11.15 Coffee & Tea (Nexus)

11.45 Sticky Sensemaking (Ambient Lab)

12.00 Breakout Groups (Nexus)

12.45 Lunch (Nexus)

2.00 Plenary: feedback slides from breakouts (Ambient Lab) [Doug’s liveblog notes]

3.00 Future Shape of the Community and UK Flares [Doug’s liveblog notes]

4.00 Close


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