Happy new Year! 2016 promises to be a very exciting year, as January does not only mark the beginning of the new year, but also the second month (out of 36) of the AFEL project. In this first month, we have mostly focused on setting ourself up – creating this website, starting the online presence of the project (see our Twitter account) and more importantly starting to work as a team with people from 5 different organisations in 4 different countries.

AFEL Kick-Off Meeting in MadridIndeed, we had, in December, our first plenary meeting in the beautiful Museo Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid, where we started planning for the work to do. The first planned deliverable of the project is due very soon a regards dissemination and communication channels, but it will be quickly followed by key work especially on the thing at the heart of any project on learning analytics: Data. Setting up the data platform, tools to obtain and import data from online social environments, checking what is available under the hood of the GNOSS platform will be amongst our first tasks, to prepare for the more sophisticated aspects of analysis and modelling.

So, this is us wishing you a Happy New Year – May everyday be full of learning!

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