We were very excited to attend the Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) conference, this year held in Sydney, Australia. The conference didn’t disappoint. A particular highlight for me was Neil Selwyn’s keynote. Great to see critical theorists being invited to speak – long may the tradition continue!
There were a huge range of excellent presentations and sessions to choose from, an entire track devoted to discourse analytics which was a treat, and plenty of good reading in both the main conference proceedings (research focus) and in the companion proceedings (practitioner track).
LAK is becoming known as a very supportive and collegial conference and I certainly found it so. An opportunity to catch-up with old friends, make some new ones and finally, meet in person at least one colleague with whom I’ve been working at a distance for a while!
The full proceedings are available here, companion proceedings here and our own practitioner paper on Quantext development is here. A practitioner paper from Dr Irina Elgort, who led an investigation into MOOC discussion forum posts and used Quantext for preliminary analysis, is here.