Practitioner Track Instructions

Please Note:  The submission deadline has passed, papers are no longer being accepted.

The following provides submission instructions and guidelines for the 2015 LAK Practitioner Track, which are not included in the ACM Proceedings.
All proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 PM Pago Pago Time, SST on November 3, 2014. Due to the international nature of LAK, we will be utilizing American Samoa, Pago Pago Time, to globally standardize the deadline. Click here to find the time in your local time zone. Please check this page regularly for additional updates and details or follow the conference @lak15marist to get real-time updates. Any questions, please contact

Table of Contents

  1. Submission Types and Formats
  2. Submission Guidelines
  3. Suggested Topics
  4. Relevant Dates
  5. Proposal Format and Submission Process
  6. Program Committee

Submission Types and Formats

Practitioner sessions should focus on innovative real world uses of learning analytics and their impact on the learner. Note, the Practitioner Track submissions are not included in the ACM Proceedings. Formats include:

  • Practitioner Presentations (20 min. presentation/10 min. Q&A) - Presentation sessions are designed to highlight individual institution or instructor/practitioner uses of learning analytics.
  • Practitioner Panel (40 min. presentation/20 min. Q&A) - Panel sessions are generally best for multi-institutional implementations of learning analytics or larger projects that have been deployed at scale.
  • Technology Showcase (1.5 hours) - The Technology Showcase event has been designed to allow practitioners to demonstrate new and emerging learning analytics technologies that they are currently piloting or deploying in full production.  The Showcase will be held during its own block of time when other conference events are not taking place.

Submission Guidelines

To be considered for LAK15, an array of topics are suggested below and the committee encourages submissions for any topic or tool that would be of interest for the Learning Analytics community. However, the review committee will provide preference to those proposals that meet or exceed the following guidelines and requirements:

  • Deployed at at least one educational institution/organization
  • User feedback and/or lessons learned are shared


  • Presentation is led by a member of the educational institution/organization
  • No overt advertisements in the presentation

Suggested Topics

Although far from exhaustive, the list below provides some suggested topics that the Program Committee is particularly interested in seeing presented and discussed at this year's conference.

Institutional Impact
Presentations that focus on innovative uses of learning analytics and how they are impacting on institutions, instructors and/or learners.  What are some of the successes, failures and barriers to adoption? We are particularly interested in innovative practices, lessons learned and tips for successful adoption.

Pedagogical Impact
Case studies, best practices, intervention processes, pedagogical techniques and methods adopted. How has learning analytics impacted on the design of MOOC courses? What is happening with intervention strategies? How do teachers use learning analytics to improve the learning experience of students? How do students perceive and are motivated or unmotivated by their experiences?

National and International Policies and Guidelines
Presentations about national or international policies and best practices and how they affect the use and implementation of learning analytics. How does national or international policies affect the growth of organizational adoption? Are policies consistent with regards to ethics and law? Should we be concerned about governmental infringements of privacy across borders? Both qualitative and quantitative studies (SNA, citation analysis, text mining etc) are welcome.

Community Collaboration and Impact
Discussion of the communities currently collaborating on learning analytics and their impact on adoption and deployment.  What communities are active in the learning analytics space? How are they collaborating? How are they supporting the use of learning analytics at scale?

Learning analytics technologies deployed at educational institutions or organizations.  How has the technology solution been architected? What standards were used? What impact is it having? What are the future goals?

"Innovative Wild Card"
Learning analytics is a dynamic field with new technologies and data sources emerging almost daily (wearable tech, MOOCs, "Internet of everything"). We welcome some crazy idea's that might just work. The idea needs to be supported by trends in the marketplace or an extrapolation of research.

Relevant Dates

  • 3 November 2014: Deadline Practitioner Proposals (Note: Research Track proposals are due October 14, 2014)
  • 9 December 2014: Notification of acceptance for full/short papers, panel proposals, demonstrations and posters.
  • 16-20 March 2015: Conference.

Proposal Format and Submission Process

Practitioner Track proposals should include:

  • Presenter(s)/Panelist Names/Titles/Email
  • Institution(s)/Organization(s)
  • Presentation/Panel/Showcase Title
  • Abstract (100 words*)
  • Keywords (up to 10)
  • Expected Learning Outcomes (at least 3)
  • Full Description (up to 750 words*)

* - Proposal reviewers will only read up to the word maximum, please adhere to these guidelines.

Steps for Proposal Submission

  1. Download LAK 15 Practitioner Proposal Submission Form (MS Word Format | RTF Format)
  2. Complete Proposal Form and convert to PDF format (Need help converting?)
  3. If you do not already have one, sign up for an account from the EasyChair LAK15 account sign-up screen.
  4. Access the EasyChair LAK15 submission system and sign-in.
  5. Click on the "New Submission" menu tab and follow the on-screen instructions.  NOTE:  Please copy and paste the presenter information, title, abstract and keywords into the online form as well as including them in the PDF.

Program Committee

Practitioner Track Chair - Alan Berg, University of Amsterdam
Committee Members
Ben Betts, Learning Locker
Christopher Brooks, University of Michigan
Adam Cooper, University of Bolton
Ian Dolphin, Apereo Foundation
Dragan Gasevic, Athabasca University
Sandeep Markondiah Jayaprakash, Marist College
Beth Kirschner, University of Michigan
Gábor Kismihók, University of Amsterdam
Nicole Maziarz, Marist College
Stefan Mol, University of Amsterdam
Annemarie Zand Scholten, University of Amsterdam