Learning Analytics Community Exchange: LACE (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
27 May 2016

Synopsis

The Learning Analytics Community Exchange is an EU funded project in the 7th Framework Programme involving nine partners from across Europe. LACE partners are passionate about the opportunities afforded by current and future views of learning analytics (LA) and educational data mining (EDM) but we are concerned about missed opportunities and failing to realise value. The 30 month project aims to integrate communities working on LA and EDM from schools, workplace and universities by sharing effective solutions to real problems.

The LACE project brings together existing key European players in the field of learning analytics & EDM who are committed to build communities of practice and share emerging best practice in order to make progress towards four objectives.

Objective 1 – Promote knowledge creation and exchange

Objective 2 – Increase the evidence base

Objective 3 – Contribute to the definition of future directions

Objective 4 – Build consensus on interoperability and data sharing

Classification

Inventory type:

network

Keywords:

Research network, research collaboration

Context of Practice

Learning:

School, post-compulsory, workplace

Geographical:

international

Pedagogic:

The focus of LACE is on analytics to deal with questions of interest to an educator, trainer or reflective learner. These include questions directed towards improving effectiveness or efficiency towards teaching and learning, towards developing assessment with greater relevance, or other forms of pedagogically driven decision making.

Practical Matters

Tools used:

The LACE project developed tools for use by the learning analytics community, include a framework of Quality Indicators for learning analytics, the DELICATE checklist for a trusted implementation of learning analytics, and the LACE Evidence Hub, which provides access to research evidence.

Design and implementation:

LACE engaged with learners, educators, organisations and policymakers across Europe. It organised many events, including a successful series of workshops on ethics and privacy in learning analytics (EP4LA)

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

LACE was a 30-month project, which ran from January 2014 until June 2016. Its tools and resources are still available online.

Further Information

LACE project website: http://www.laceproject.eu/

DELICATE checklist: http://bit.ly/1XT2iNO

LACE YouTube channel, containing video interviews with international experts: https://www.youtube.com/user/LaceprojectEu

LACE Review papers: http://www.laceproject.eu/learning-analytics-review/

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