Workshops and Tutorials

Research Track | Practitioner Track | Posters & Demos | Doctoral Consortium

Workshops and Tutorial Chairs

Workshops provide an efficient forum for community building, sharing of perspectives, and idea generation for specific and emerging research topics or viewpoints. Tutorials aim to educate stakeholders on a specific learning analytics topic or stakeholder perspective. Proposals should be explicit regarding the kind of activity participants should expect, for example from interactive/generative participatory sessions, to mini-track/symposia sessions. The Chairs will seek to balance proposals from across the continuum.

Please note that up to three workshop/tutorial organisers may attend their own workshop without charge, however all attending organisers must register (for catering purposes, etc.).

Important Dates

  • 2 October 2017 (No extensions) – Workshop/Tutorial Proposal Submission Deadline
  • 16 October 2017 – Notification of Acceptance
  • 5 February 2018 – Final version of Workshop/Tutorial summary for Companion Proceedings

Those workshops with a submission/application process must follow the following timeline:

  • 30 October 2017 – Workshop calls for participation announced
  • 18 December 2017 – Workshop papers submission deadline
  • 15 January 2018 – Notifications sent out (prior to early-bird registration deadline of 9 January)
  • 5 February – Final version of paper due for Companion Proceedings


Proposals should be a maximum of four pages using the Companion Proceedings Template and should include the following information in order to enable reviewers to judge the importance, quality, and benefits for the LAK community:

  • Workshop/tutorial title
  • Workshop/tutorial background – indicating the motivation for the workshop/tutorial topic. Why is this topic of particular interest for LAK 2018? What is its contribution to the research field? If a similar relevant workshop or tutorial has been organised at past learning analytics-oriented conferences then you should describe how your proposal builds upon these past events.
  • Organisational details of proposed event:
    • Type of event (workshop or tutorial)
    • Proposed schedule and duration (half-day or full-day)
    • Type of participation: e.g., ‘by application’ (i.e., only persons with a paper submission may attend), ‘open’ workshop (i.e., any interested delegate may register to attend), or ‘mixed participation’
    • The workshop/tutorial activities that participants should expect: e.g., symposia elements, birds of a feather, group-based demos, discussion groups, presentations, poster sessions, etc.
    • Expected participant numbers and planned dissemination activities to recruit attendees
    • Required equipment for the workshop/tutorial
  • Workshop/tutorial objectives or intended outcomes – What are the objectives that the workshop or tutorial aims to achieve? How will these outcomes be disseminated? (e.g. #hashtag of the event, mailing lists, etc.)
  • References

Review Process

Workshop and Tutorial selection will be handled competitively; proposals will be ranked according to six criteria:

  1. Overall relevance to LAK
  2. Relevance to the theme of LAK 2018
  3. Innovation
  4. Overall quality
  5. Extent of interaction
  6. Comprehensiveness of planning

Workshop/tutorial organisers are encouraged to propose innovative and interactive formats, which will be given priority in the selection process. The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated in a double-blind fashion. In case of overlapping proposals, the workshop/tutorial Chairs may propose to merge two workshops or tutorials into a single one.

Workshop/Tutorial Outcomes

Workshop/tutorial descriptions and website links will be collated on the main LAK18 website.

Companion Proceedings

Four-page workshop and tutorial descriptions will be published in the Companion proceedings. Additionally, for those workshops that include the submission and presentation of papers, the final version of these papers must use the Companion Proceedings Template and will be published in the Companion Proceedings. Workshop Chairs are responsible for verifying that their papers are ready, and providing them to the Companion Proceedings editor on time.

In addition to this publication in the Companion Proceedings, workshop/tutorials are encouraged to produce open access documents or notes synthesising key outcomes and agreed follow-on activities – these could be produced during the workshop.