For the fourth time the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK 2018, Sydney, March 5-9) will host a hackathon (Hack@LAK18) dedicated to create an environment where technologists and practitioners can explore, in a hands-on way, open challenges and key research questions in the field of learning analytics. The hackathon includes access to specific data and infrastructure, as well a key themes to be looked into during the two days event. This time, AFEL has a strong involvement with project coordinator Mathieu d’Aquin taking the role of co-organiser. Data from the AFEL data release (in its second version), as well as AFEL tools and questions around online self-directed learning are therefore expected to have a prominent involvement in Hack@LAK18.
Another new aspect of the hackathon is that, for the first time this year, submissions of papers are also being looked for. It is not necessary to have submitted a paper to participate to the workshop, but those short submissions represent an opportunity for community members to suggest and propose specific research questions (and associated data) that should be addressed by hackathon participants. The date by which those proposals should be sent is 18th December, so don’t miss it!