2017 LASI-nordic

Learning Analytics (Late) summer institute

Sept. 28-29, 2017


We hereby invite PhD-students, academics, researchers, educators, school/university leaders, learning entrepreneurs, and other learning professionals with interest in the Learning Analytics field to participate in our local LASI event.

Keynote Speakers

Rebecca Fergurson

Rebecca Ferguson is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University, UK, and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her primary research interests are educational futures and how people learn together online. Rebecca is an executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research and a leading member of the international learning analytics community.

Weiqin Chen

Weiqin Chen is a full professor in Human-Computer Interaction in Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science (HiOA) and an adjunct professor in SLATE at the University of Bergen. She has over 20 years research experience in the area of artificial intelligence in education. Her most recent research focuses on privacy issues and interoperability in learning analytics.

Schedule - Day 1

Learning Analytics in Higher Education: Challenges with Multiple Data Sources - Weiqin Chen

There has been a lot of excitement in recent years about how learning analytics can provide insights into learning and teaching and support evidence-based decision making in education. At the same time, the diversity of tools and sensors in a higher educational context and the diversity of data generated, pose great challenges to collection, integration and analysis of data, presentation and understanding of the analysis results, as well as privacy management. In this talk Chen will discuss these challenges in the context of existing literature and practices and look into the possible solutions to address the challenges

09:00 - 10:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - 10:15 - Welcome
10:15 - 11:00 - Keynote: Weiqin Chen
11:00 - 11:15 - Break: coffee/tea
11:15 - 12:15 - Workshop rotation 1
12:15 - 13:30 - Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 - Workshop rotation 2
14:30 - 14:45 - Break: coffee / tea
14:45 - 15:45 - Workshop rotation 3
15:45 - 16:00 - Break
16:00 - 18:00 - Poster Session
19:00 - Dinner

* All participants will rotate through the three workshops!

W1: Informing Learning Design with Analytics (Moren Misfeldt, Benjamin Brink Allsopp & Jonas Meldgaard Dreyøe)

W2. Communicating & Exploring (Mulitmodal) Learning Analytics  (Ulla Ringtved & Daniel Spikol)

W3. CONEXUS Showcase (Geir Fuhre Pettersen & Hans Petter Røkholt)

** Poster Session
The poster session starts with a firehose session, where a 1 minute advertisement for why you should visit their poster is presented.

Schedule - Day 2

Learning Analytics: The Way Ahead - Dr. Rebecca Fergurson

Learning analytics involve the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, in order to understand and optimise learning and the environments in which it occurs. Since emerging as a distinct field in 2011, learning analytics has grown rapidly, and institutions around the world are already developing and deploying these new tools. However, it is not enough for us to develop analytics for our educational systems as they are now – we need to take into account how teaching and learning will take place in the future. The current fast pace of change means that if, in 2007, we had begun developing learning analytics for 2017, we might not have planned specifically for learning with and through social networks (Twitter was only a year old), with smartphones (the first iPhone was released in 2007), or learning at scale (the term MOOC was coined in 2008). By thinking ahead and by consulting with experts, though, we might have come pretty close by taking into account existing work on networked learning, mobile learning and connectivism. This talk will examine ways in which learning analytics could develop in the future, highlighting issues that need to be taken into account. In particular, the learning analytics community needs to work together in order to develop a strong evidence base grounded in both research and practice.

9:00 - 10:00 - Keynote: Rebecca Fergusson
10:00 - 10:15 - Break: coffee / tea
10:15 - 12:00 - Ethics & Privacy workshop (Tore Hoel)
12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 - Nordic café
14:00 - 14:10 - Break: coffee / tea
14:10 - 14:40 - Panel
14:40 - 15:00 - Way Forward & Closing


The LASI-Nordic draws together the Nordic learning analytics community to learn from experts, to share research and experience, and to investigate if there is a Nordic approach to learning analytics.  Over two days there will be keynote talks, hands-on workshops, tutorials, panels, and a firehose & poster/demo session, in which to participate. First and foremost, however, LASI-Nordic 2017 will be a chance for participants to share, discuss, and shape how the Nordic countries use/want to use Learning Analytics to improve learning and teaching. Furthermore, the aim is to facilitate collaboration and sharing of knowledge on learning Analytics within the Nordic community, and determine if there is interest in developing a Nordic Special Interest Group (SIG) on Learning Analytics.


Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology, (SLATE) University of Bergen
ILD, Aalborg University
Malmö University
University College of Northern Denmark.


Scandic Bergen City
Book a room when you register for the LASI.
Rooms are 1070 NOK (including taxes & breakfast)


28 & 29 September 2017
2000 NOK
1800 NOK (Solar Member)
​includesbreaks & lunches

29 September 2017
750 NOK ​includes breaks & lunches


Address: Conference centre, Scandic Bergen City, Håkonsgaten 2-7, Bergen




Barbara Wasson - University of Bergen, Norway
Daniel Spikol - Malmö University, Sweden
Morten Misfeldt - Aalborg University, Denmark
Ulla Ringtved - University College of Northern Denmark


Sponsored by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), the Learning Analytics Summer Institutes (LASI) have become established in the last years as an awareness-raising, capacity-building, international network of events, where researchers and practitioners can meet to learn new methods, to share their work, and envision the future.

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‍Visiting Address:

Christiesgate 12, 2nd floor

Postal Address:

University of Bergen
PO Box 7807
N-5020 Bergen, Norway