Advice for Authors

Learning analytics is about learning. Papers will ideally be explicit about the theory or conception of learning underlying the work and manifest this conception in the work presented. No particular theory or conception of learning is favored: individuals, small groups, and/or larger collectives may be the agent of learning; and learning may consist of knowledge or skill acquisition, intersubjective meaning-making, or changes in identity and participation in a community, among other processes. Rather, the point is to encourage authors to reflect on how their work relates to their conception of learning and to integrate learning concerns throughout their narratives. Furthermore, learning can be conceived of as simultaneously taking place at all of these granularities of agency and involving all of these epistemological processes. We encourage papers that analyze learning processes across multiple granularities and bring multiple methodological and theoretical orientations to bear, in the spirit of productive multivocality, to understand learning as a complex phenomenon.

Learning analytics is also about analytics. Papers will ideally be explicit about how the work either offers relevant new analytic methods (e.g., computational, representational, statistical, and visualization methods) or advances our understanding of the value of existing analytic methods, in either case for understanding learning and the management of learning. Papers with a technical contribution need not also include a study in an applied setting, but should at least discuss how the properties of the technical contribution are relevant to understanding or managing learning in practice. Papers with an application contribution need not advance the technical state of the art, but should at least discuss or evaluate whether and how the affordances of the chosen analytic methods bring forth relevant aspects of the data.

In summary, although papers may differ in their emphasis, all authors are encouraged to address the “middle space” by including both learning and analytic concerns and addressing the match between technique and application.

Contribution Types

Primary Participation (Closed: please see Secondary Participation below)

Full and Short Papers, Design Briefings, and the abstracts for Panels, Workshops and Tutorials will be published in the main proceedings. Submissions in these categories are due November 1, 2012.  For Full and Short Papers, the conference will follow the ACM proceedings format Option 1. The authors of these type of contribution should use these templates for their submission.  The paper should be submitted using the EasyChair system.

FULL PAPERS

Use a full paper to share substantial conceptual, technical and empirical contributions, following the advice to authors given above. Submit up to 10 pages in the conference paper format.

SHORT PAPERS, DESIGN BRIEFINGS, AND FORMAL DEMONSTRATIONS

Use a short paper to share preliminary conceptual, technical and empirical contributions, or substantial contributions that can be reported briefly. Short papers can also share a design concept or tool that addresses a challenge of interest to interface designers, system architects and programmers. A formal demonstration may also be proposed: such submissions should include at least one link to a current demo movie. Submit up to 5 pages in the conference paper format.

PANELS

Panels provide the chance for delegates to hear a range of speakers address a topical issue, e.g. diverse approaches to a problem, or a debate a hot topic. Submit up to 4 pages in the conference paper format suitable for publication in the proceedings, including an introduction to the nature and importance of the issue to be addressed and panelists’ position statements. Submit 2 additional pages (not to be published in the proceedings) with the names and qualifications of confirmed panelists and discussants and a summary of how your panel format will ensure that there is interaction between panelists rather than consisting of a collection of disconnected talks.

WORKSHOPS

Workshops (8-9 April, 2013) provide the opportunity to explore learning theory, analytics, methods and tools in depth. Workshops should be designed to take advantage of the interactivity afforded by this format, and should not consist merely of a day of talks. They may include for example, experience sharing and brainstorming, interactive demonstrations, data analysis by multiple analysts, problem solving sessions, and a few short and/or enlightening presentations. The length of the workshop sessions can range from a half to a full day (consisting of two to four 1.5 hour blocks between breaks). Please use the workshop/tutorial template, outlining the significance of the topic, the workshop format, and your track record. More information at the Workshops and Tutorials page.

TUTORIALS

Tutorials (also 8-9 April, 2013) provide the chance to take participants deep into a specific tool or technique in which you are experienced, or an introduction to a topic/class of tools. The time could range from a 1.5 hour session to a full day (consisting of two to four 1.5 hour blocks between breaks). Please use the workshop/tutorial template for submissions. More information at the Workshops and Tutorials page.

Secondary Participation

Submissions for the following forms of participation are due January 31, 2013.

DOCTORAL CONSORTIUM

A one-day consortium is being organized for doctoral students who are about to defend or have recently defended their proposals. Participating students will have the opportunity to present their proposed research to reputable faculty in learning analytics and obtain valuable advice. Other professional development and social networking activities will be included. Details for submission can be obtained in the Doctoral Consortium Call.

POSTERS

Posters are suitable for describing late-breaking results or for engaging conference participants in discussion of preliminary ideas or findings. Submit a 1-line title, the name(s) of the presenter(s), and an abstract limited to 100 words suitable for printing in the conference guide.  This should be followed with up to two pages (for our review, not to be published) describing the concept or results to be presented, the expected interactions with conference participants, and the poster format that will support these interactions. (If available, a high-resolution image of the poster provided as the second page can fulfill this requirement, and is preferred. Easily visible graphics and large brief texts are encouraged rather than small text.) Submit to the EasyChair system.

INFORMAL DEMONSTRATIONS

A space (table top surface) and designated times for informal demonstrations of relevant software will be provided at the conference. Submit one page that includes a 1-line title, name of presenter, and an abstract limited to 100 words suitable for printing in the conference guide. This should be followed with up to two pages (for our review, not to be published) describing the software to be demonstrated, and the expected interactions with conference participants. Demonstrators should be prepared to interact with several conference participants at a time in an interactive and not excessively scripted manner. Submit to the EasyChair system.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPATION

LAK workshops will provide conference participants with opportunities to interact intensively on a topic of shared interest. Workshop calls for participation are being distributed by workshop organizers. January 31st is the uniform date for priority submissions for participation in workshops, although workshops may accept later submissions on a space-available basis. Workshop organizers will specify submission requirements. Please see https://lakconference2013.wordpress.com/workshops/ for descriptions of workshops and submission requirements.

Tutorial PARTICIPATION

LAK will also offer tutorials on selected topics, described at https://lakconference2013.wordpress.com/workshops/. No submission is required, other than registration at https://lakconference2013.wordpress.com/registration/.

Submission Format and Publication

LAK 2011 and LAK2012 were published in the ACM Digital Library International Conference Proceedings Series. We plan to do the same for this conference. Author guidelines are available at http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates (option 1).

The works should be submitted using the EasyChair system in the conference lak2013.

Advertisements