ALASI 2016: Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute

Sunday, 27 November 2016
University of South Australia, Jeffrey Smart Building
Twitter: #alasi2016

Registration open: Please see the Eventbrite listing (NOTE: registering for the ASCILITE conference does not register you for ALASI. It is a separate process)

Call for Contributions—workshops, panels, posters—now open!

Program now available! And it’s a beauty—see for yourself!

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 2016 – 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 the Call for Contributions below.

The event is hosted by the Teaching Innovation Unit of the University of South Australia.


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.


Keynote Speakers

Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and Director Penn Center for Learning Analytics. His previous lab at Columbia University, the Educational Data Mining Laboratory, conducted research on engagement and robust learning within online and blended learning, seeking to find actionable indicators that can be used today but which predict future student outcomes.

Ryan has developed models that can automatically detect student engagement in over a dozen online learning environments, and has led the development of an observational protocol and app for field observation of student engagement that has been used by over 150 researchers in 4 countries.

He was the founding President of the International Educational Data Mining Society, and the first technical director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center DataShop, the world’s largest public repository for data on the interactions between learners and online learning environments. Baker has co-authored published papers with 248 colleagues.


Abelardo Pardo

abelardo_pardo-smallDr. Abelardo Pardo is Associate Head of Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at The University of Sydney. He has a PhD in Computer Science by the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the director of the Learning and Affect Technologies Engineering (LATTE) laboratory specialized in educational technology, and Co-director of the University’s Learning Analytics Research Group. His areas of research are learning analytics, software for collaborative and personalized learning, and technology to improve the student experience and teaching practice. He is also Research Fellow at the LINK Research Lab (The University of Texas at Arlington), Manager of the Engineering and Technology Program at the STEM Teacher Enrichment Academy (The University of Sydney), and member of the executive board of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).


Call for Contributions

This year’s theme is Learning Analytics: Bringing it Home
How has learning analytics made a contribution to learning design, impacted curriculum, or influenced institutional actions? What visualisations or feedback have, or are likely to, improve the actionability of data?

Contributions to the following formats are welcomed. All submissions to Tim Rogers by August 25 September 5:

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.


Show your ideas or how a software product works during the lunch break while having extended conversations with fellow delegates.
Submit: A 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

7 July 2016
Submissions open

1 August 2016
Registration opens (please note no refunds)

25 August 2016 September 5 2016
Deadline for all submissions

25 September 2016
Completed Reviews returned to authors (acceptance advice)

21 November 2016
Registrations close

27 November 2016
ALASI Workshops and Panels


ALASI Program Outline

See here for program

Organising Committee

Tim Rogers, University of South Australia (Co-chair)
Cassandra Colvin, University of South Australia (Co-chair)
Simon Buckingham Shum, University of Technology Sydney
Linda Corrin, University of Melbourne
Shane Dawson, University of South Australia
David Gibson, Curtin University
Marcel Lavrencic, University of Queensland
Danny Liu, The University of Sydney
Lori Lockyer, Macquarie University
Grace Lynch, RMIT
Negin Mirriahi, UNSW Australia
Abelardo Pardo, The University of Sydney
Amy Wong, University of Queensland


Submissions, Program, and other inquiries: Tim Rogers



Learning Analytics connections and further information

Australian Research Groups

International groups

Recent Office for Learning and Teaching learning analytics projects