ALASI 2017: AUSTRALIAN LEARNING ANALYTICS SUMMER INSTITUTE

Thursday, 30 November - Friday 1 December 2017
University of Queensland, St Lucia
Twitter: #alasi2017

ALASI is the main forum in Australia for the exchange of knowledge, innovation, and experiences in the area of Learning Analytics. The event offers a great opportunity to learn about analytics in education, showcase your activities and benchmark results through exposure to the thinking, experiences and feedback of other practitioners and researchers in the field. This year’s ALASI is being held in conjunction with ASCILITE 2017 – come for the ALASI workshops and panels, stay on for the ASCILITE conference.

University leaders now consider learning analytics to have a high potential to increase the quality of the student experience and student outcomes. The use of analytics can provide institutions with improvements in admissions, the student learning experience, retention, curriculum design, and overall teaching and learning quality. However, institutions are now facing the challenge of bridging the gap between research and theory on the one hand, and practical implementation on the other. Some of the current key questions are: how is learning analytics impacting learning design, student conceptions of learning, student learning behaviour, and institutional actions? What tools, techniques and methodologies are currently having impact on practice? See below to find out how to contribute.

The event is hosted by the Teaching and Learning Innovation Unit of the University of Queensland.

  • Why come to ALASI?
    • It is the most established Australian forum to connect with the nation’s leading practitioners and researchers in learning analytics.
    • ALASI is a highly interactive event. The program is comprised mostly of workshops, tutorials and panels. There are no long presentations except two keynote speakers to engage and provoke thought and discussion.
    • Previous ALASIs have provided an ideal forum to make new collegial connections in the area.
    • ALASI focuses on how to bridge the distance between the disciplines of pedagogy, educational design, technology, and business intelligence, in order to foster an interdisciplinary approach to learning analytics.
  • Suggested topics
    • Practical impacts and evaluation of learning analytics on student learning
    • Engagement with students, academics and university communities in learning analytics projects and research
    • Personalised and adaptive learning
    • Feedback and decision-support systems
    • Operationalising learning analytics initiatives. 
  • Call for submissions

    We invite people interested in presenting at ALASI2017 to make submissions in one of following four categories for contributions:

    Panels (1 hour)

    • Panels aim at informing attendees about an important or controversial issue through a 1 hour debate among experts. These experts must come from different institutions to widen the debate and provide breadth of perspective.
    • Submit: 1 page explaining the issue selected for the panel, why it is relevant for the discipline, why the attendees will find this relevant, and the name, affiliation and brief expertise of the panellists.

    Workshops/Tutorials (2 hours)

    • Sessions of 2 hours for in-depth exploration of a topic. We strongly recommend hands-on, highly participatory sessions that maintain the engagement of the participants.
    • Submit: no more than 2 pages explaining the topic of the workshop, your credentials or experience to run it, how it relates to the learning analytics, how you plan to make it participatory, and the outcomes you expect participants to achieve. If relevant, describe the software required for the session. Note: software should be freely accessible for attendees to download on their own computers for the duration of the tutorial.

    Long or short papers (15minutes + 5 minutes Q&A)

    • Submission of long papers or short papers are also welcome. Accepted papers will be orally presented and published through CEUR-Workshop Proceedings (http://ceur-ws.org/).
    • Submit: a short paper (approximately 2500 words). Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full paper (approximately 5000 words) in accordance with the reviewer's comments for inclusion in the proceedings. Authors can decide whether they would like to submit their final paper as a short paper (4 pages) or long paper (8 pages).
    • Final submissions should be formatted as per the 2017 ACM Master Article Template.

    Posters/Demonstration

    • Show your ideas or how a software product works during the lunch break while having extended conversations with fellow delegates.
    • Submit: 1 page abstract of the idea you want to convey, the reasons you think it is interesting to the audience, and a copy of the poster if you already have it.
  • Key dates

    Monday, 1 May 2017
    Submissions open

    Friday, 1 September 2017
    Deadline for all submissions

    Extended by request    Friday, 6 October 2017 
                                           Deadline for all submissions

    Monday, 25 September 2017
    Notification of acceptance

    Extended                      Wednesday 11 October 2017
                                           Notification of acceptance

    Friday, 29 October 2017
    Deadline for registration (for presenters)

    Friday, 24 November 2017
    Deadline for submission of full papers to be published in the proceedings.

  • Contact

    Submissions, Program, and other inquiries: Marcel Lavrencic  

  • Past ALASIs
  • Learning Analytics connections and further information

    Australian Research Groups

    International groups

Keynote Speakers

Professor Dragan Gasevic 

Professor and the Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Schools of Education and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh

 

 


Keynote Speaker
Information coming soon!


WHAT TO DO IN BRISBANE

REGISTRATION

Early bird cut-off - Friday 7th October

Early for SoLAR/ACSILITE members
$150

Early non-members
$180


Regular for SoLAR/ACSILITE members
$200

Regular non-members
$230

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