Workshops & Tutorials

Workshop and Tutorials Schedule

March 24, 2014
March 25, 2014
  • The Second International Workshop on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics (9:00-4:00)
  • Computational Approaches to Connecting Levels of Analysis in Networked Learning (9:00-4:00)
  • Tutorial: Introduction to Mining (half-day) (9:00-1:00)
  • Learning Analytics and Machine Learning (9:00-4:00)
  • The LAK Data Challenge 2014 (half-day) (12:00-4:00)
  • Tutorial of Epistemic Network Analysis (9:00-4:00)

Workshops | Tutorials


Note: Each workshop links to their own site in which they  provide detailed information.

  • LAK Data Challenge 2014. (Tuesday) Authors: Stefan Dietze, Mathieu D’Aquin, Taibi Davide, Eelco Herder and Hendrik Drachsler
      • Description: What do analytics on learning analytics tell us? How can we make sense of this emerging field’s historical roots, current state, and future trends, based on how its members report and debate their research? Challenge submissions should exploit the LAK Dataset for a meaningful purpose.
      • Workshop hashtag:  #lakdata14
  • The Second International Workshop on Discourse-Centric Learning Analytics. (Monday) Authors: Rebecca Ferguson, Anna De Liddo, Denise Whitelock and Maarten de Laat.
      • Description:  In 2014, the focus of the second international DCLA workshop, like that of LAK14, will be on the intersection of discourse learning analytics research, theory and practice. Once researchers have developed and validated discourse-centric analytics, how can these be successfully deployed at scale to support learning?
      • Workshop hashtag: #dcla14
  • Computational Approaches to Connecting Levels of Analysis in Networked Learning Communities. (Monday) Authors: H. Ulrich Hoppe and Daniel D. Suthers.
      • Description: The focus of this workshop is on the potential benefits and
        challenges of using specific computational methods to analyze
        interactions in networked learning environments. The workshop
        is designed for researchers and practitioners interested in
        analytical studies of collaborative and networked learning.
      • Workshop hashtag: #lak14cla
  • Learning Analytics and Machine Learning. (Tuesday) Authors: George Siemens, Carolyn Rose, Dragan Gasevic, Annika Wolff, Zdenek Zdrahal.
      • Description: Learning analytics represents a field of growing interest amongst researchers. To date, many analytic techniques have been “imported” from related fields such as sociology, statistics, and web science. The appropriations from other fields has produced valuable insight into learning in networks, identifying at-risk learners, and improving analysis of discourse and concept development. A critical next stage for developing the sophistication of LA as a field is to engage with promising research in artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, fields. This workshop will introduce students and faculty to machine learning and evaluate opportunities to apply supervised, unsupervised, and semi-supervised learning models to learning analytics. As learning analytics is concerned with a range of challenges, including network analysis, discourse analysis, prediction, adaptivity and personalization, #LAK14ML will explore specific ML solutions to various problems in the learning process and, more broadly, the system of education itself.
      • Workshop hashtag: #lak14ml


Note: Each tutorial links to their own information (or external site) in which they  provide detailed information.

  • Tutorial on Epistemic Network Analysis. (Tuesday) Authors: Wesley Collier, David Shaffer, Chandra Orrill.
      • Description: Learning in the 21st century means thinking in complex and collaborative ways that are situated in a real world context. This tutorial will convene a community of researchers who are examining (or interested in examining) complex thinking using epistemic network analysis (ENA). Originally designed to assess epistemic frames—collections of skills, knowledge, identities, values, and ways of making decisions—in virtual game environments, ENA is now being used broadly to quantify the structure of connections that constitute complex thinking in large-scale datasets that record discourse (chat, email, and actions) in logfiles of many kinds. The tutorial will (1) introduce new users to this method, (2) provide further training and insight for those already using ENA, and (3) develop a broader community of users and, as a result, create opportunities for the advancement and improvement of ENA.
  • Introduction to Data Mining for Educational Researchers. (Monday, half-day) Authors: Christopher Brooks, Zachary Pardos.
      • Description: The goal of this tutorial is to share data mining tools and techniques used by computer scientists with educational social scientists. We broadly define educational social scientists as being made up of people with backgrounds in the learning sciences, cognitive psychology, and educational research. The learning analytics community is heavily populated with researchers of these backgrounds, and we believe those that find themselves at the intersection of research, theory, and practice (the theme of LAK14) have a particular interest in expanding their knowledge of data-driven tools and techniques.

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