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  • 2022 Call for Nominations – SoLAR Executive Committee The SoLAR Executive Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022-2023 Executive Committee. Executive Committee members serve a two year term. Nominations are open for four member at-large positions. If you are interested in shaping and guiding how SoLAR continues to serve the growing learning analytics community please

  • We invite you to participate in the 2nd CSEDM Data Challenge, an event held in cooperation with SoLAR! Participants will compete to develop new modeling techniques to predict students’ outcomes in CS/programming classrooms, based on their code submissions to prior programming problems. Overview & Dataset: The challenge is designed to bring together researchers from across the disciplines of Computing Education,

  • We are pleased to announce our next webinar with Dr. María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana which will take place on August 31, 2021 at 3pm CEST (9am EDT, 2pm BST, 10pm JST). This webinar will provide an overview of how analytics proposals can enhance awareness and reflection about learning design practices. You can join us by registering for the August webinar event

  • The new episode of the SoLAR Spotlight podcast series features Leah Macfadyen and Danny Liu as guests, hosted by Shibani Antonette. They converse about the importance of learning analytics practitioners and the pragmatisms in translating learning analytics research into real classroom practice. Listen to it here: What is your takeaway of this podcast? What is the lie that Leah

  • Current SoLAR Executive Committee for 2021 President – Maren Scheffel, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), GER Member at Large – Simon Buckingham Shum, University of Technology, Sydney, AUS Member at Large – Bodong Chen, University of Minnesota, USA Member at Large – Nia Dowell, University of California, Irvine, USA Member at Large – Isabel Hilliger, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, CHL The

  • The SoLAR Executive Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2021-2022 Executive Committee. Executive Committee members serve two year terms. Nominations are open for six member at-large positions and one student member. If you are interested in shaping and guiding how SoLAR continues to serve the growing learning analytics community please fill out this short google

  • LAK21 Moves Fully Online

    Special Announcement from LAK21 Organizers Dear Learning Analytics Community, Given the current realities of the global pandemic due to COVID-19, there continues to be uncertainty of international travel and mass gatherings for the foreseeable future. Taking these concerns into consideration, the LAK21 organizers and the Society for Learning Analytics Research have made the decision to host LAK21 fully online. SoLAR is making

  • A new SoLAR position paper titled “Creating Data for Learning Analytics Ecosystems” has been published. This position paper discusses the challenges faced by institutions as they seek to wrangle data from a portfolio of technology products and services to deliver rich learning experiences. It identifies a number of systemic failures that are leading many institutions to collect a large quantity

  • UPDATE: Virtual Presentations, and attendance, will be available for LAK21. This includes Workshops, Long and Short Research Papers, Practitioner Papers, Posters and Demos. The deadline for the CFP has been extended to provide more time for individuals to consider virtual options while preparing their submissions. The Organizing Committee continues to monitor the pandemic situation and ensure that a COVID-19 safe

  • The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) condemns the murder and treatment of Black people and communities in the U.S. and worldwide, expressing its solidarity with peaceful non-violent protesters around the world and the Black Lives Matter movement. These current protests call our attention to lives lost to police and vigilante actions. Know their names: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony

  • The LASI organising team has been exploring options for hosting the event later in the year. Unfortunately, hosting a face to face event in 2020 is not viable in terms of either securing physical space at the university, individuals being able to travel and/or able to secure funding to attend. The LASI organising team also believe that hosting an online

  • We have been monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and unfortunately, the face to face meeting in New York in June 2020 will no longer be possible.  We are exploring different dates/formats for LASI, such as a virtual LASI, LASI Locals or a face to face meeting later in the year, and will have further information in the coming months on

  • We are pleased to present the following candidates as nominees for election to the SoLAR Executive: Candidates for SoLAR Executive Member at Large (13 Candidates, 4 Positions Available) Simon Buckingham Shum, University of Technology Sydney, AUS Bodong Chen, University of Minnesota, USA Guanliang Chen, Monash University, AUS Nia Dowell, University of California – Irvine, USA Victoria Dunnam, Consultant, USA Carrie

  • The issue 6(3) of the Journal of Learning Analytics (JL.A) is now available. This new issue contains a special Invited Dialogue sparked by Neil Selwyn’s follow-up article to his LAK18 keynote “What’s the Problem with Learning Analytics?”. Four senior members of the community holding diverse perspectives (Alfred Essa, Rebecca Ferguson, Paul Prinsloo, and Carolyn Rosé) each respond and discuss current


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