Spanish Network of Learning Analytics: SNOLA (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
27 May 2016

Synopsis

SNOLA (Spanish Network of Learning Analytics) is a collaborative community building practice for learning analytics researchers in Spain. The primary aim of SNOLA is to share resources and findings among members through online depositories, webinars and in-person events. The project also encourages collaboration between members on learning analytics-related projects. One prominent example is ATHENA-I (translation from Spanish: Application of analysis techniques and adaptation of the educational process in the Cloud for the provision of Interoperable Learning Spaces), which analyses effectively of new technologies in school classrooms, such as learning management systems or MOOCs. Other collaborations include a learning analytics extension for Kahn academy and edX, and MakeWorld, a digital program for STEM subjects. There are currently nearly 75 members in SNOLA from a variety of universities and businesses across Spain.

Classification

Inventory type:

example at scale

Keywords:

Research network

Research collaboration

Context of Practice

Learning:

All levels

Geographical:

National: Spain

Pedagogic:

SNOLA members come from a wide variety of research backgrounds, thus it is not possible to highlight one specific pedagogic framework that applies to the entire network

Practical Matters

Tools used:

A wide variety of tools are used by various researchers.

Design and implementation:

SNOLA was formed in response to a call by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) for ‘networks of excellence’ of scientific research. In 2015, SNOLA was designated as an accepted ‘network of excellence’ by the government. At present, any Spanish researcher can join SNOLA through an online form.

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

Although a relatively new collaborative research group, SNOLA has already provided an important boost to learning analytics research in Spain. For instance, in 2015 the Learning Analytics Summer Institute was hosted in Bilbao, Spain at the University of Deusto, in collaboration with SNOLA members. In 2016, a well-received webinar was held by SNOLA members, entitled ‘Applying Quantitative Techniques for Analysis of Educational Data.’ Similarly, several collaborative projects between partners are already underway. Altogether it is a good start to regional and language-specifc community building in the learning analytics field.

Further Information

Group website: http://snola.deusto.es/

Zotero group: https://www.zotero.org/groups/snola

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