Impressions from LAK12 Vancouver

We’ve been in Vancouver for a few days now and still soaking in the positive vibes from the city – miles and miles of open sky and water and a sense of being hugged by the surrounding mountains. When we haven’t been playing hookey in Gastown, Grouse Mountain (snow! bears!) and Granville Island, we’ve been at the #LAK12 conference learning more about the relatively new boom area that is learning analytics.

After a really successful day on Sunday, running a workshop on ethical issues in learning analytics (google group open soon for follow up discussions), we’ve been catching up with the thinking of a whole bunch of people from around the world. Some great presentations so far: worthy mentions are Hendrik Drachsler with an overview of institutional confidence levels in LA, Doug Clow with a reminder that we don’t forget all that we already know about effective teaching and learning in our rush to embrace LA and a fabulous panel presentation from Linda Baer and Donald Norris from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reporting back on early findings and useful pointers from a large scale survey of leading LA institutions in the US.

Day 2 about to start….

About sharonslade

Dr Sharon Slade is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University in the UK working to support both tutors and students on Open University distance learning modules and programmes. Her research interests encompass ethical issues in learning analytics and online learning and tuition. Project work includes the development of a student support framework to improve retention and progression and the development of a university wide tool for tracking students and triggering relevant and targeted interventions. She led the development of new policy around the ethical use of learning analytics within the Open University, UK.
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