In spite of rapid growth of data science, the development of learning scientists and analysts is often challenging given the lack of formal degree programs. An efficient approach to developing the skills needed by professionals to engage in learning analytics is to leverage existing communities of practice and networks. To address this issue, we developed the international Learning Analytics Learning Network (LALN). LALN events are held monthly, and speakers from 25 nodes (a local or regional learning analytics community) across the world take turns to introduce participants to new methods and learning activities.
This workshop will start with presentations by Professor George Siemens and Professor Shane Dawson. Participants will then explore how to best capitalize on this network and discuss the needs of their own community. Finally, a panel of LALN experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities of this network.