2015 – Poughkeepsie
The first LAK Hackathon!
The first hackathon, in 2015, focused on the Apereo Open Dashboard, with data sourced from an xAPI  Learning Record Store. It illustrated how the concept of an Open Learning Analytics3 architecture was developing but also shone light on some structural weaknesses: shortage of usable data for demonstration/development/quality-assurance/etc, and something of a gulf between the conceptions held by different stakeholders as to what a learning analytics dashboard would contain. Subsequent work by workshop organizers has begun to develop repeatable methods for generating synthetic data to help address the first weakness . The second has been the topic of ongoing research (vide infra).
2016 – Edinburgh
The second hackathon, in 2016, continued to explore the practicalities of Open Learning Analytics. Using Jisc’s emerging Learning Analytics architecture  as a reference point, with some data generated using the synthetic data methods which the first hackathon stimulated, the participants in the hackathon: scrutinized Jisc’s interoperability recipes, tested the interoperability of learning record stores, learning analytics processors, and dashboards, and assessed the learning analytics standards landscape. The hackathon had a lasting effect, with numerous improvements to Jisc’s interoperability recipes, and a strong message from the LAK community in favor of the greater integration of emerging learning analytics standards – xAPI and Caliper – contributing to the cooperation of ADL and IMS from mid-2016.
2017 – Vancouver
The third hackathon built upon three assets: previous workshops, recent research, and recently-developed software. The first comprises the previous two LAK hackathons, the 2015 LAK Workshop “Visual Aspects of Learning Analytics” , and the 2016 LAK Workshop “Data Literacy for Learning Analytics” . We set the scene for the workshop using recent research on actionable analytics , student feedback , and embedding learning analytics in pedagogic practice . We introduced Jisc’s student app, which is being piloted with students across the UK after extensive consultation and design activities, as stimulus for discussion on the student perspective.
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