Research Track

Full and Short Papers

Full papers include a clearly explained substantial conceptual, technical or empirical contribution. The scope of the paper must be properly placed with respect to the current state of the field, and the contribution should be clearly described. This includes the conceptual or theoretical aspects at the foundation of the contribution, an explanation of the technical setting (tools used, how are they integrated in the contribution), analysis, and results of a successfully completed experience.

Short papers can address on-going work, which may include a briefly described theoretical underpinning, an initial proposal or rationale for a technical solution, and preliminary results in an experience.

Please refer to the General Call for more details about topics relating to objectives of learning analytics research and practice.

Proposal Format & Submission Process

Submissions for full papers may be up to 10 pages and short papers up to 5 pages in the ACM Proceedings Format. At least one of the authors must register for the conference before the article can be included in the proceedings.

All conference submissions are done via EasyChair, following the these steps:

  • Prepare a submission in accordance with ACM Proceedings format.
  • Access the EasyChair LAK 2017 submission system and register or sign in.
  • Click the “New Submission” menu tab and follow the on-screen instructions and select the “Full and Short Research Papers” track. NOTE: Please copy and paste the presenter information, title, abstract, keywords and deployment summary into the online form as well as including them in the PDF.

Reviewing Process

Each full and short research paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers designated by the program chairs. The review process is single blind (i.e., reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to those submitting). The comments for each paper will be shared among the reviewers of that paper and the program chairs. Submissions with the highest evaluations will be accepted for presentation in the conference, pending final review by the program chairs.

The five papers with the highest rankings provided by the reviewers will be nominated for the “Best Research Paper Award”. A committee formed by the current and past program chairs of the conference will then choose the winning paper from among the nominees. The award will be made public during the conference. The best paper nominees will be designated in the proceedings.

During & After the Conference

Authors of full papers will have 25 minutes to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions. Authors of short papers will have 15 minutes to present their contribution, followed by 5 minutes for questions.

The full and short research papers will be published in an indexed proceedings. Some of the presentations in the conference may be recorded and made available after the event.

Posters (Printed or Powered)

Poster submissions are are suitable for describing:

  • Work-in-Progress (Printed Posters): A concise report of recent findings or other types of innovative or thought-provoking work that has not yet reached a level of completion that would warrant submission of a full or short paper.
  • Demonstrations (Powered Posters): Show aspects of learning analytics in an interactive hands-on form. A live demonstration is a great opportunity to communicate ideas and concepts in a powerful way that a regular presentation cannot.

Please refer to the General Call for more details about topics relating to objectives of learning analytics research and practice.

Proposal Format & Submission Process

Submissions for all posters should be 2 pages in the ACM Proceedings Format. At least one of the authors must register for the conference before the article can be included in the proceedings.

All conference submissions are done via EasyChair, following the these steps:

  • Prepare a submission in accordance with ACM Proceedings format.
  • Access the EasyChair LAK 2017 submission system and register or sign in.
  • Click the “New Submission” menu tab and follow the on-screen instructions and select the “Research Posters” track. NOTE: Please copy and paste the presenter information, title, abstract, keywords and deployment summary into the online form as well as including them in the PDF.

Reviewing Process

Each poster will be reviewed by at least two reviewers designated by the Poster Chairs. The review process is single blind (i.e., reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to those submitting). The comments for each poster will be shared among the reviewers of that paper and the conference chairs. Submissions with the highest evaluations will be accepted for poster presentation (printed or powered) in the conference, pending final review by the Poster Chairs.

During & After the Conference

At the conference, all accepted posters submissions will be presented (using a paper poster or through digital means) during a specific poster session and during a short firehose session.

  • Printed Posters will need to fit within the dimensions of the boards provided (3ft wide x 4ft tall) with the layout to be determined by authors.
  • Powered Posters will be given a table to show their digital content (no projectors will be provided).  Powered posters are encouraged to have some explanatory signage describing their work.
  • Firehose Session: All printed and powered poster presenters will have one minute to give a pitch about their work to all attendees. Please have a single PowerPoint slide ready to show (4:3 aspect ratio) and be prepared to give this pitch.

During the poster session, the attendants will vote to select the “Best Poster Award”. The award will be made public during the conference. Accepted poster submissions will be published in an indexed proceedings.

Program Chairs – Research Track

Inge Molenaar, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands (i.molenaar at pwo.ru.nl )

Xavier Ochoa, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Ecuador (xavier at cti.espol.edu.ec)

Shane Dawson, University of South Australia, Australia (shane.dawson at unisa.edu.au)

Posters and Demonstration Chairs

Leah Macfadyen, University of British Columbia, Canada (leah.macfadyen at ubc.ca )

Nia Dowell, University of Memphis, United States (niadowell at gmail.com)

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