This Week in Learning Analytics (November 8 – 14, 2014)

Beautiful photo taken by my wife, Elisa Wallace at our home, Rock Creek Farms.
Beautiful photo taken by my wife, Elisa Wallace at our home, Rock Creek Farms. Pictured is Hwin, whom Elisa is currently training to compete at the 2015 Mustang Magic competition in Fort Worth, TX.

Latest News

14 November 2014
DeltaDNA makes analytics services free to academia
Scotland-based analytics firm DeltaDNA has creased a new free licence for universities and other academic institutions. The unlimited, non-commercial academic licence gives users access to the firm’s data platform and complete analytics and player relationship management toolset in order to better understand the nature of player behaviour in free-to-play games […]

12 November 2014
STAR Assessments Approved by California Department of Education for Diagnostic Assessment in Grade Two
Renaissance Learning, K12 assessment and learning analytics company, announced today that schools in California will be able to use its STAR Early Learning (consisting of STAR Reading and STAR Early Literacy) and STAR Math to meet requirements for grade two in the state’s newly adopted assessment system. […]

11 November 2014
MRUN and IRU to work together on 3-year research projects starting 2015
Ministry of Higher Education and the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) of Australia have agreed to each allocate RM2 million for a three-year research programme collaboration beginning next year. The programme, which involves Malaysia Research University Network (MRUN) and IRU, aims to improve learning and teaching skills/methods through technology in universities and to undertake in-depth research activites into fields of combined interest. […]

Latest Blogs

From MOOCs to Learning Analytics: Scratching the surface of the ‘visual’ by Jeremy Knox
A thoughtful and well-written piece exploring the common visual element in both MOOCs and learning analytics, and expresses concern about the emphasis on tools over pedagogy, and the extent to which am emphasis on visual elements might co-opt deep engagement and critical reflection on the part of learners and practitioners alike.

Featured Videos, Presentations & Webinars

Recent Publications

Am I doing well? A4Learning as a self-awareness tool to integrate in Learning Management Systems
Luis De La Fuente Valentín & Daniel Burgos

Most current online education scenarios use a Learning Management System (LMS) as the basecamp for the course activities. The LMS offers some centralized services and also integrates functionality from third party services (cloud services). This integration enriches the platform and increases the educational opportunities of the scenario. In such a distance scenario, with the students working in different physical spatial locations, they find difficult to determine if their activity level matches the expectation of the course. A4Learning performs a daily-updated analysis of learners’ activities by establishing the similarity between two given students. That is, finds students that are doing similar things in the Learning Management System. Then, the system finds and represents how similar students have similar achievements in the course. A4Learning can be integrated within the LMS to provide the students with a visual representation their similarity with others as an awareness mechanism, so that the students can determine the achievements of similar students in previous courses and estimate their own performance.

A Survey on the Classification Techniques In Educational Data Mining
Nitya Upadhyay & Vinodini Katiyar

Due to increasing interest in data mining and educational system, educational data mining is the emerging topic for research community. educational data mining means to extract the hidden knowledge from large repositories of data with the use of technique and tools. educational data mining develops new methods to discover knowledge from educational database and used for decision making in educational system. The various techniques of data mining like classification. clustering can be applied to bring out hidden knowledge from the educational data. In this paper, we focus on the educational data mining and classification techniques. In this study we analyze attributes for the prediction of student’s behavior and academic performance by using WEKA open source data mining tool and various classification methods like decision trees, C4.5 algorithm, ID3 algorithm etc.

Proceedings of the 2014 ACM workshop on Multimodal Learning Analytics Workshop and Grand Challenge
Editors: Xavier Ochoa, Marcelo Worsley, Katherine Chiluiza & Saturnino Luz

Learning Analytics is the “middle-space” where Educational Sciences, Computer Science, Learning Technologies and Data Science converge. The main goal of this new field of knowledge is to contribute to new empirical findings, theories, methods, and metrics for understanding how students learn and to use that knowledge to improve those students’ learning. Multimodal Learning Analytics, which emphasizes the analysis of natural rich modalities of communication during situated learning activities, is one of the most challenging but, at time, more promising areas of Learning Analytics. The Third International Workshop on Multimodal Learning Analytics brings together researchers in multimodal interaction and systems, cognitive and learning sciences, educational technologies, and related areas to discuss the recent developments and future opportunities in this sub-field.

Emotion analysis meets learning analytics: online learner profiling beyond numerical data
Calkin Suero Montero & Jarkko Suhonen

Learning analytics is an emerging field of research, which deals with collecting and analysing data about learners and their learning context, as well as developing solutions that utilise the analysed data. Traditionally, learning analytics methods focus on the analysis of learners’ digital trails or numerical big data, e.g., online material access, digital learners’ records, grades, and length of interaction with the learning environment. However, profiling a learner without taking into account the emotional aspects that may hinder the learner’s progress, can only offer an incomplete view of the learning experience. Hence, in this paper, we elaborate on the fusion of emotional aspects (i.e., emotion data) and learning analytics, specifically in online learning settings. We bring an open discussion to the educational technology community regarding the potential of analysing learner’s emotions from pedagogical texts (i.e., non-structured text data) generated during an online course. We also discuss the role of negative emotions during learning, the ethical issues with the use of emotion data and the technology acceptance and reliability.

Calls for Papers / Participation


Open Learning Analytics Network – Summit Europe 2014 Amsterdam | 1 December 2014 (APPLICATION DEADLINE: None, but spaces are limited)

NEW! EDEN Annual Conference Barcelona, Spain | 9 – 12 June, 2015 (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 January 2014)

EDM 2015: 8th International Conference on Education Data Mining Madrid, Spain | 26 – 29 June, 2015 (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 12 January 2014)

Journals / Book Chapters

Universities and Knowledge Society Journal (RUSC): Special Section on Learning Analytics (SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 20 January 2015)

Employment Opportunities

NEW! Leiden University (Leiden, Netherlands)
Postdoc Data & Learning Analytics for Online Learning – The function involves doing research and conducting experiments within the Online Learning Lab ( ). It’s purpose: 1) to improve online learning and 2) publishing in professional and scientific journals. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:November 28, 2014

Simon Fraser University (Victoria, BC, Canada)
Tenure Track Position In Educational Technology And Learning Design – The Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University ( seeks applications for a tenure-track position in Educational Technology and Learning Design at the Assistant Professor rank beginning September 1, 2015, or earlier. The successful candidate will join an existing complement of faculty engaged in Educational Technology and Learning Design, and will contribute to teaching and graduate student supervision in our vibrant Masters program at our Surrey campus and PhD program at our Burnaby campus. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: December 1, 2014

University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY, USA)
Associate for Institutional Research/Research Scientist: Online Learning Analytics – The University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York seeks a scholar in online learning analytics to join its newly formed Center for Educational Innovation. Reporting to the Senior Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs, the Center for Educational Innovation has a mission to support and guide the campus on issues related to teaching, learning and assessment, and at the same time serves as a nexus for campus-wide efforts to further elevate the scholarship of and research support for pedagogical advancement and improved learning. The Research Scientist in online learning analytics will work in the area of Online Learning within the department and join a campus-wide network of faculty and researchers working on “big data”. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: December 6, 2014

University of Boulder Colorado (Boulder, Colorado, USA)
Multiple Tenure Track Positions in Computer Science – The openings are targeted at the level of Assistant Professor, although exceptional candidates at higher ranks may be considered. Research areas of particular interest include secure and reliable software systems, numerical optimization and high-performance scientific computing, and network science and machine learning. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Posted Until Filled

University of Technology, Sydney (Sydney, AUS)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Academic Writing Analytics – Postdoctoral research position specialising in the use of language technologies to provide learning analytics on the quality of student writing, across diverse levels, genres and domains DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Posted Until Filled

University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Senior Digital Media Specialist – The University of Michigan is seeking a qualified Senior Digital Media Specialist to create digital content in support of online and residential educational experiences for the Office of Digital Education & Innovation (DEI). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Posted Until Filled

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education,and Human Developments Center for Research on Higher Education Outcomes (USA)
12-month postdoctoral position – available for a qualified and creative individual with interests in postsecondary assessment, learning analytics, data management, and institutional research.The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for promoting the use of institutional data sources and data systems for the purpose of developing institutional assessment tools that can inform decision making and contribute to institutional improvement across New York University (NYU). DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Open Until Filled