Contribution Types

Primary Participation

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.

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 (the most engaging and informative way to show interactive software or tools) 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 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 Submit 1-2 additional pages (not to be published in the proceedings) with the names and qualifications of confirmed panelists and discussants and a summary of how your panel format will ensure that there is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 (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. [Need to look up that template.]


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.

Secondary Participation

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

Doctoral Consortium

A one-day consortium will be 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 requirements will be forthcoming in a future call.

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. Demonstrators should be prepared to interact with several conference participants at a time in an interactive and not excessively scripted manner.


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 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.)

Workshop Participation

LAK workshops will provide conference participants with opportunities to interact intensively on a topic of shared interest. Workshop calls for participation will be distributed shortly after the December 14th workshop acceptance notification date. January 31st will be the uniform date for priority submissions for participation in workshops, although we encourage workshops to accept later submissions on a space-available basis. Workshop organizers will specify submission requirements.