General Call

General Call

The 2022 edition of The International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK22) will take place in Newport Beach, California! LAK22 is organised by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) with location hosts from the University of California, Irvine. LAK22 is a collaborative effort by learning analytics researchers and practitioners to share the most rigorous cutting edge work in learning analytics.

The theme for the 12th annual LAK conference is Learning Analytics for Transition, Disruption and Social Change. This theme brings to the forefront both the dynamic world situation in which learning analytics now operate and the potential role of learning analytics as a driving force for change within it. In a moment when questions about transparency, fairness, equity and privacy of analytics are being brought to the forefront in many areas of application, there is both an opportunity and an imperative to engage with these issues in support of ethical pedagogical transitions and transformative social justice. In addition, as LAK itself explores changing formats for knowledge exchange and generation, this theme offers the opportunity for reflection on how to make the conference more sustainable and accessible for people around the world.

The LAK conference is intended for both researchers and practitioners. We invite both researchers and practitioners of learning analytics to come and join a proactive dialogue around the future of learning analytics and its practical adoption. We further extend our invite to educators, leaders, administrators, government and industry professionals interested in the field of learning analytics and its related disciplines.

Authors should note that:

Conference theme and topics

We welcome submissions from both research and practice, encompassing different theoretical, methodological, empirical and technical contributions to the learning analytics field. Learning analytics research draws on many distinct academic fields, including psychology, the learning sciences, education, neuroscience, computer science and design. We encourage the submission of work conducted in any of these traditions, as long as it is done rigorously. We also welcome research that validates, replicates and examines the generalizability of previously published findings, as well as examines aspects of adoption of existing learning analytics methods and approaches. 

Specifically, this year, we encourage contributors to consider how learning analytics is playing a role in social change. Since its inception, the field of learning analytics has had the goal of improving learning; this year we ask submissions to think beyond individual learners to also consider how our work intersects and interacts with existing power structures and systemic inequities. Despite the promising growth of online learning strategies and related approaches to data collection and analysis, the COVID-19 pandemic has both revealed and exacerbated equity and quality issues in educational systems, between and within regions and countries. 

Thus for our 12th Annual conference, we encourage authors to address some of the following questions in their submissions:

  1. Who decides what learning analytics get created and implemented?
  2. What groups and individuals are impacted by the use of learning analytics and in what ways?
  3. What value systems are embedded within learning analytics?
  4. What opportunities do learning analytics offer to drive positive social change?
  5. In what ways can we prevent learning analytics from perpetuating problematic systems or practices?

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

Understanding Learning & Teaching:

  • Data-informed learning theories: Proposals of new learning/teaching theories or revisions/reinterpretations of existing theories based on large-scale data analysis.
  • Insights into specific learning processes: Studies to understand particular aspects of a learning/teaching process through the use of data science techniques, including negative results.
  • Learning and teaching modeling: Creating mathematical, statistical or computational models of a learning/teaching process, including its actors and context.
  • Systematic reviews: Studies that provide a systematic and methodological synthesis of the available evidence in an area of learning analytics.

Tracing Learning & Teaching:

  • Finding evidence of learning: Studies that identify and explain useful data for analysing, understanding and optimising learning and teaching.
  • Assessing student learning: Studies that assess learning progress through the computational analysis of learner actions or artefacts.
  • Analytical and methodological approaches: Studies that introduce analytical techniques, methods, and tools for modelling student learning.
  • Technological infrastructures for data storage and sharing: Proposals of technical and methodological procedures to store, share and preserve learning and teaching traces, taking appropriate ethical considerations into account.

Impacting Learning & Teaching:

  • Human-centered design processes: Research that documents practices of giving an active voice to learners, teachers, and other educational stakeholders in the design process of learning analytics initiatives and enabling technologies.
  • Providing decision support and feedback: Studies that evaluate the use and impact of feedback or decision-support systems based on learning analytics (dashboards, early-alert systems, automated messages, etc.).
  • Data-informed decision-making: Studies that examine how teachers, students or other educational stakeholders come to, work with and make changes using learning analytics information.
  • Personalised and adaptive learning: Studies that evaluate the effectiveness and impact of adaptive technologies based on learning analytics.
  • Practical evaluations of learning analytics efforts:  Empirical evidence about the effectiveness of learning analytics implementations or educational initiatives guided by learning analytics.

Implementing Change in Learning & Teaching:

  • Ethical issues around learning analytics: Analysis of issues and approaches to the lawful and ethical capture and use of educational data traces; tackling unintended bias and value judgements in the selection of data and algorithms; perspectives and methods that empower stakeholders.
  • Learning analytics adoption: Discussions and evaluations of strategies to promote and embed learning analytics initiatives in educational institutions and learning organisations. Studies that examine processes of organizational change and practices of professional development that support impactful learning analytics use.
  • Learning analytics strategies for scalability: Discussions and evaluations of strategies to scale capture and analysis of information in useful and ethical ways at the program, institution or national level; critical reflections on organisational structures that promote analytics innovation and impact in an institution.
  • Equity and fairness in learning analytics: Consideration of how certain practices of data collection, analysis and subsequent action impact particular populations and affect human well-being, specifically groups that have been previously disadvantaged. Discussions of how learning analytics may impact (positively or negatively) social change and transformative social justice.

Conference tracks

The conference has three different tracks with distinct types of submissions that are described below. Please see the submission guidelines page for information on paper format and other technical details of submission for each track.

1. Research track

The focus of the research track is on advancing scholarly knowledge in the field of learning analytics through rigorous reports of learning analytics research studies. The primary audience includes academics, research scientists, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and other types of educational research staff working in different capacities on learning analytics research projects.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Learning Analytics research community, to best communicate study results, we encourage authors to pay attention to the following questions in preparing their submissions:

  • What was the learning context for the work and the value proposition for how data can be used to make a meaningful impact on teaching, learning or other educational activity?
  • What environmental factors influenced the generation, collection and sampling of data used in the study and how may these impact results and/or their generalizability?
  • How is the work informed by and/or contributes to current theories of learning?
  • What is the justification for the choice of data analysis methods used and any specific decisions made within them? What is the argument for why these methods lead to valid conclusions with respect to the research questions asked?
  • What is the most powerful or surprising part of the results? Is this seen as powerful or surprising by the people involved?
  • What changes in teaching and learning activities do you envision that could be realistically derived from the work? 
  • What limitations with respect to data, analysis or framing factor should be taken into account? What is the value and potential impact of the initiative at scale? 
  • What is the contribution to theory and/or practice? What are lessons learned from aspects of the learning analytics initiatives that did not turn out as expected? 

NOTE: If you are a newcomer to the LAK conference, it might be helpful to review the LAK21 ACM proceedings, openly available from the SoLAR website via ACM’s OpenTOC service.

Submission types for the research track are similar to other years, starting for LAK21, LAK follows ACM’s one column format for submissions. Templates and formatting details are available on the Submission Guidelines page. Please note that published Proceedings will appear in ACM two column format.

  • Full research papers (up to 16 pages in ACM 1 column format, including references) include a clearly explained substantial conceptual, technical or empirical contribution to learning analytics. The scope of the paper must be placed appropriately with respect to the current state of the field, and the contribution should be clearly described. This includes the conceptual or theoretical aspects at the foundation of the contribution, an explanation of the technical setting (tools used, how are they integrated into the contribution), analysis, and results. See bulleted list of questions above for more detailed ideas on useful elements to include.
  • Short research papers (up to 10 pages in ACM 1 column format, including references) can address on-going work, which may include a briefly described theoretical underpinning, an initial proposal or rationale for a technical solution, and preliminary results, with consideration of stakeholder engagement issues. See bulleted list of questions above for more detailed ideas on useful elements to include.

DEADLINE: All LAK22 submission deadlines can be found here.

Should you have further questions regarding paper length or format, please contact us at

2. Practitioner and Corporate Learning Analytics track

The Practitioner and Corporate Learning Analytics (PaC-LA) track is complementary to the research track as part of the main conference program and provides a way in which real-world learning analytics implementations and/or related tools, products, product development and researched-based product evaluations in use by practitioners can be shared with the entire community. The intent of the stream is to contribute to our collective understanding of learning analytics in practice, including product development and improvement, researched-based product evaluations, learning analytics deployment, intervention development and evaluation.  Specifically, some of the goals of PaC-LA presentations are to:

  1. contribute to the conversation between researchers and practitioners around adoption and implementation of learning analytics, 
  2. provide insights from practice around factors affording or constraining learning analytics  adoption and implementation, and 
  3. present effective learning analytics adoption strategies and approaches.

To meet these goals, submissions are encouraged to reflect on the context and purpose of the presented learning analytics initiative, discuss implementation, outcomes, impacts, and learning, and consider implications for others attempting similar work. We also encourage submissions where an initiative did not achieve what was expected, as we believe that such papers can also provide valuable knowledge to the community. 

We welcome submissions that fall in the scope described above from anyone regardless of their professional roles. Some examples of PaC-LA participants are:

  1. Developers, designers, analysts, and other representatives from commercial and industry entities, non-profit organizations, and government bodies. 
  2. Policy makers, department leads, instructional technologists, analysts, learning designers and other services staff from education institutions

Successful submissions are expected to offer unique or distinct insights into practical applications, intervention designs, analyses, and/or the processes surrounding their implementation. There is also special interest to explore the growing role of learning analytics in corporate learning, including the skills development of employees, alternative credentialing models, reliance on non-traditional education providers, and the impact of using data to guide corporate learning programs.

While submissions are not formal research papers, the more complete the report of the work is, including usage of the learning analytics and their impact, the higher the probability of being selected for inclusion. Further, while the stream is intended for non-researchers,papers are still expected to adhere to high standards of scholarly writing, including: 

  • thorough description of the institutional context for the work
  • detailed presentation of the innovation and the results found about it
  • discussion of issues that arose / lessons learned / implications for future efforts by others attempting similar work

The following criteria will guide reviewers when selecting submissions, although we recognise that this list may not be applicable to all submissions. Authors are encouraged to consider the following when preparing their submissions:

  • Learning/education related: The submission should describe work that addresses learning/academic analytics, either at an educational institution or in an area (such as corporate training, health care or informal learning) where the goal is to improve the learning environment or professional learning outcomes.
  • Implementation track record: The project should have been used by an institution or have been been deployed in a learning site. There are no hard guidelines about user numbers or how long the project has been running.
  • Stakeholder involvement: All submissions should include information collected from people who have used the tool or initiative in a learning environment (such as faculty, students, administrators and trainees).
  • Overall quality, including potential interest and value for LAK attendees: Project success (or failure) accounts are encouraged, but a focus must be placed on what the community of other practitioners and researchers can gain from learning about the work. What was successful (and why)? What was unsuccessful (and why)?
  • No sales pitches: While submissions from commercial suppliers are welcomed, reviewers will not accept overt (or covert) sales pitches. Reviewers will look for evidence that the presentation will take into account challenges faced, problems that have arisen, and/or user feedback that needs to be addressed. 

There is a single submission type for the PaC-LA track that has a special format emphasizing practical aspects of project implementations rather than a research paper format: 

PaC-LA Presentation Reports (2-4 page document, using the SoLAR companion proceedings template) should include accounts and findings that stem from practical experience in implementing learning analytics projects. The report gives PaC-LA authors a channel for sharing: the background of why the a) project was implemented and/or b) product was developed; data and the design process that drove the development of the project or product; details about how the project or product has been implemented in a real-world environment; findings from the project or product implementation including significance, including a reflection on the importance of the reported initiatives in your paper  to the broader LAK community. See bulleted lists above for more detailed ideas on useful elements to include and consider in crafting a submission.

DEADLINE: All LAK22 submission deadlines can be found here.

All accepted submissions to the PaC-LA track will be published in the LAK22 Companion Proceedings and archived on the SoLAR website.

3. Posters and Demos

  • Posters (3 pages, SoLAR companion proceedings template) represent i) a concise report of recent findings or other types of innovative work not ready to be submitted as a full or short research paper or ii) a description of a practical learning analytics project implementation which may not be ready to be presented as a practitioner report. Poster presentations are part of the LAK Poster & Demo session, and authors are given a physical board or virtual space to present and discuss their projects with delegates. 
  • Interactive demos (200 words abstract in SoLAR companion proceedings template + 5 min video) provide opportunities to communicate interactive learning analytics tools. Interactive demonstrations are part of the LAK Poster & Demo session, and presenters are given table or virtual space to demonstrate their latest learning analytics projects, tools, and systems. Demos should be used to communicate innovative user interface designs, visualisations, or other novel functionality that tackles a real user problem. Tools may be prototypes in an early stage of development  or relatively mature products. In whichever stage, tools should have been field tested with an authentic use case and provide some results and feedback. Submissions for conceptual products or for products that have not been used by instructors and/or students are unlikely to be accepted.

DEADLINE: All LAK22 submission deadlines can be found here.

4. Pre-conference event track

The focus of pre-conference events is on providing space for new and emerging ideas in learning analytics and their further development. Events can have either research or practical focus and can be structured in the way which best serves their particular purpose.

The types of submissions for the pre-conference event track are:

  • Workshops (4 pages, SoLAR companion proceedings template) provide an efficient forum for community building, sharing of perspectives, training, and idea generation for specific and emerging research topics or viewpoints. Successful proposals should be explicit regarding the kind of activities participants should expect and fall into one of the following categories:
    • Mini-tracks/Symposia: Organizers will typically publish a call for papers, select a number of presenters based on a common topic, invite keynoters, and organize the events as a mini conference
    • Interactive workshop sessions: Organizers will typically elicit some shorter input presentations, but emphasis will be placed on discussion, participatory or generative activities
    • Technology sessions (e.g., hackathons, datathons, demo sprints): Organizers will prepare an interactive session that will focus on collaborative exploration or generation of technology
  • Tutorials (4 pages, SoLAR companion proceedings template) aim to educate stakeholders on a specific learning analytics topic and/or stakeholder perspective. Organizers will prepare a guided introduction to a topic including hands-on activities for the participants. Proposals should be clear about what the need is for particular knowledge, target audience and their prior knowledge, and the intended learning outcomes.

DEADLINE: All LAK22 submission deadlines can be found here.

Review process

Papers that meet the conference requirements (in scope, proper length and format etc.) will go through a rigorous and robust review process. LAK22 will use double-blind peer review for all submissions except demos and the doctoral consortium (which each require elements that prevent blinding). In addition, full and short research paper submissions will have a rebuttal phase in which authors will be given five days to respond to remarks and comments raised by reviewers in a maximum of 500 words. Rebuttals are optional, and there is no requirement to respond. Authors should keep in mind that papers are being evaluated as submitted and thus, responses should not propose new results or restructuring of the presentation. Therefore, rebuttals should focus on answering specific questions raised by reviewers (if any) and providing clarifications and justifications. Meta-reviewers, senior members of the research community, will read all reviews and authors’ rebuttal (if made) and make final recommendations for paper acceptance or rejection with justification to the program committee chairs.

Proceedings Publication

Accepted full and short research papers will be included in the LAK22 conference proceedings published and archived by ACM. Other types of submissions (posters, demos, workshops, tutorials, practitioner reports and doctoral consortium) will be included in the open access LAK companion proceedings, published on SoLAR’s website. Please note at least one of the authors of each accepted submission must register for the conference by the Early Bird deadline in order for the paper to be included in the ACM or LAK Companion Proceedings.

Important dates for LAK22

Note: all dates are 23:59 GMT-12 (AOE Timezone)

Full / Short Research Papers

  • 4 Oct 2021: Deadline for submission 
  • 8 Nov 2021: Rebuttal submissions open
  • 15 Nov 2021: Deadline for rebuttal submissions
  • 3 Dec 2021: Notification of acceptance 
  • 20 Dec 2021: Deadline for camera-ready versions of all accepted full and short research papers 
  • 14 March 2022: Proceedings available in ACM digital library (pending ACM approval)

Practitioner Reports

  • 4 Oct 2021: Deadline for submission 
  • 3 Dec 2021: Notification of acceptance 
  • 20 Dec 2021: Deadline for camera-ready versions of practitioner reports

Posters / Demos

  • 17 Dec 2021: Deadline for poster and interactive demo submissions 
  • 14 Jan 2022: Notification of acceptance for posters/demos and papers submitted to individual workshops 
  • 31 Jan 2022: Deadline for camera-ready versions of posters/demos

Doctoral Consortium

  • 18 Oct 2021: Deadline for submission to doctoral consortium 
  • 3 Dec 2021: Notification of acceptance 
  • 20 Dec 2021: Deadline for camera-ready versions of all accepted papers

Workshops / Tutorials

  • 4 Oct 2021: Deadline for submission to organize workshops/tutorials 
  • 21 Oct 2021: Notification of acceptance for workshop/tutorial organization
  • 17 Dec 2021: Deadline for submission of papers to individual workshops that issue calls**
  • 14 Jan 2022: Notification of acceptance for posters/demos and papers submitted to individual workshops** 
  • 31 Jan 2022: Deadline for camera-ready versions of workshop/tutorial organizer docs and any individual papers** accepted by workshops

**Workshop Paper Submissions - this term refers to papers submitted to be presented within an accepted LAK pre-conference workshop. Many LAK workshops are mini-symposium style and issue calls for papers. Please visit the pre-conference schedule when available, to view which workshops have CFP’s that you may submit to.

Conference and registration dates:

  • 28 Jan 2022: Early-bird registration closes at 11:59pm PST
  • 21 - 25 March 2022: LAK22 conference, Newport Beach, California

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