A-LASI 2013 (Sydney, NSW)

Presentation slides now available below next to the presenter’s name.

The Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (A-LASI) followed on from the inaugural LASI held in the US in July 2013. The event hosted by The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and Stanford University was designed to bring together researchers, government, and industry in order to define and advance the field of learning analytics (LA). To maintain the momentum created by this initiative, the Australian universities UNSW, UTS, USyd, MQ, UNE, UniSA and the Ascilite conference partnered to host the first Australian LASI as a workshop event that occurred on the pre-ascilite conference workshop day on 1 December 2013 at Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW.

The objective of the A-LASI was to engage university researchers and staff, government, and industry in the field of Learning Analytics. The program event was designed to guide participants through the various disciplines that comprise LA. The program had been designed with special emphasis on interactivity and a predominance of workshops, tutorials and vast opportunities to engage with leading researchers and industry specialists.

The objective of A-LASI was to:
develop the necessary skills, knowledge and awareness of LA methodologies, tools and techniques, for participants to actively engage in future LA research, teaching and administration.


In order to maximise interaction among participants and to maintain the practical spirit of the activities in the workshops, the number of participants was limited. The cost of this full day institute was $330 (including GST), the standard workshop cost for Ascilite 2013. Registration was available from the Ascilite website


The A-LASI objectives was achieved through a combination of invited presentations; hands-on tutorials, group work and opportunity for informal interactions.

Saturday, 30 November 2013 – Evening Networking Reception (Complimentary for A-LASI participants)

6-8pm: Evening reception at Macquarie University (MGSM Conference Centre)

Sunday, 1 December 2013 – in conjunction with ascilite workshop day – Forum Building (Building #C5C on the campus map)

8:30am: Registration for 9am start

9:00am: Welcome from Prof Shirley Alexander & Keynote (Associate Professor Dragan Gašević ) Slides

10:00am Morning tea

10:30am Workshop A – participants choose 1 from 3 below:

  • Getting started in LA (Prof Lori Lockyer, MQ, Dr. Tim Rogers, UniSA, A/Prof Shane Dawson, UniSA) Slides
  • Interfaces for learning data visualizations (Prof Judy Kay, USyd) – Slides (PPT download)
  • Identifying and supporting students at risk (Gabrielle Gardiner, UTS; Prof Shirley Alexander, UTS; Brett Smout, UTS) – Slides

12:00pm: Networking Lunch

1:00pm: Workshop B – participants choose 1 from 3 below:

  • Multi-dimensional analytics (Dr. Abelardo Pardo, USyd & Dr. Philomena Renner, USyd) – Slides
  • Sensemaking (A/Prof Gregor Kennedy, UMelb) – Slides
  • Social network analysis (Dr. Suresh Sood, UTS) – Slides

2:30pm: Afternoon Tea

3:00pm: Update on OLT Project on Learning Analytics

3:15pm: Panel on Privacy and Ethics facilitated by Dr Leah Macfadyen, UBC (panelists: Dr. Grace Lynch, UNE & Dr. Abelardo Pardo, USyd)

4:00pm: Interest Group Discussions (participants choose 1 from 3 below)

  • Learning Analytics Research
  • Data sharing & access
  • Issues and case studies

4:30pm: Conference Wrap-up – Next steps for learning analytics for Australia


Saturday, 30 November – MGSM (Macquarie Graduate School of Management Conference Centre)

Sunday, 1 December – Macquarie Forum (Building C5C on the campus map)

Institute Leads

Shirley Alexander – University of Technology Sydney
Gabrielle Gardiner – University of Technology Sydney
Lori Lockyer – Macquarie University
Abelardo Pardo – University of Sydney
Grace Lynch – University of New England
Negin Mirriahi – University of New South Wales
Helen Carter – Macquarie University – Ascilite co-chair
John Hedberg – Macquarie University – Ascilite co-chair
Dragan Gasevic – Athabasca University
Shane Dawson – University of South Australia


Inquiries about participating in A-LASI may be emailed to Negin Mirriahi at negin.mirriahi@unsw.edu.au


Support for this event has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this event do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

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