Society for Learning Analytics Research

George Siemens and fellow researchers have announced the formation of “SOLAR: Society for Learning Analytics Research” (SOLAR website) to stimulate research in learning analytics and data mining.

The manifesto or “concept paper” for SOLAR  (“Open Learning Analytics: an integrated & modularized platform”) provides an excellent overview of the potential for Learning Analytics (LA) in education but goes further by outlining a research program to develop an open, modular, and integrated LA platform.

SOLAR is a welcome development in support of Learning Analytics research. The most exciting applications of Analytics in learning, as well as the most challenging research problems, will depend upon an enabling platform. As Siemens notes, “Researchers need to think in systems and platforms in order to have an impact.”

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