Society for Learning Analytics Research: SoLAR (LAEP Inventory)

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Rebecca Ferguson
27 May 2016


The Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) is an inter-disciplinary network of leading international researchers who are exploring the role and impact of analytics on teaching, learning, training and development. SoLAR has been active in organising the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) and the Learning Analytics Summer Institute (LASI), launching multiple initiatives to support collaborative and open research around learning analytics, promoting the publication and dissemination of learning analytics research, and advising and consulting with state, provincial, and national governments.

SoLAR priorities to advance the field of learning analytics globally are:

• Foster the highest standards of academic research into learning analytics

• Promote the development of open educational resources in learning analytics

• Raise awareness of learning analytics amongst policy and decision-makers in educational institutions and governments

• Create opportunities for the diverse stakeholders in learning analytics to communicate, collaborate and debate, e.g. academic researchers, product developers, educators, students, institutional administrators, government policy analysts


Inventory type:

example at scale


Network, organisation, society

Context of Practice


All levels





Practical Matters

Tools used:

 MTS – Michigan Tailoring System, Student Information System

Design and implementation:

The Info Hub on the SoLAR website brings together learning analytics resources and reports from the field. SoLAR also provides a dataset of research literature, which can be used to test computational methods of analysis

Maturity and Evidence of Utility

SoLAR was founded in 2011. In 2016, its annual conference attracted 460 participants.

Further Information

SoLAR website:

SoLAR Info Hub:

LAK Dataset:

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Clair Wilson
2:04pm 10 February 2017

I heard in March there is going to be 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference in Vancouver. Is it held by SoLAR? Was looking into it but cold not found much. And since I am working for - online company specializing in research into education - was given a task to attend this oncference and review it. So any info you have on it wold be valuable. Thanks

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