Workshops and Tutorials

LAK 2017 welcomes workshop and tutorial proposal submissions.

Workshops provide an efficient forum for community building, sharing of perspectives, and idea generation for specific and emerging research topics. Tutorials aim to educate stakeholders on a specific Learning Analytics topic. 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.

The submitted 2 page workshop and tutorial summaries will be published in the LAK conference proceedings. Other workshop/tutorial proposal details will collected separately as described below.

Please note that up to 3 workshop/tutorial organisers may attend their own workshop without charge, however all attending organisers must register (for catering purposes, etc.).

Important Dates

  • 17th October 2017 (No extensions) – Proposal and form submission deadline
  • 7th November 2017 – Notification of workshop and tutorial acceptance
  • 9th January 2017- Final version of workshop / tutorial description for the proceedings     

For workshops with a submission/application process, we suggest that workshop chairs follow this suggested timeline:

  • 11th November 2017 – Workshop call for participation announced
  • Mid-December 2017 – Submission deadline
  • January 13th 2017 – Notifications sent out (prior to early bird registration deadline of January 20th; workshop chairs may want to consider this deadline given that later deadlines may mean participants miss early bird registration)

Proposal Format and Submission Process

Proposals should be a maximum of 2 pages in the ACM Proceedings Format and include the following information to judge the importance, quality, and benefits for the LAK community.

The following headings must be used for workshop proposals:

  • Workshop/tutorial title
  • Author names and affiliations (following ACM format)
  • Workshop/tutorial background (a literature review) – indicating the motivation for the workshop/tutorial, what is the overall topic of the workshop or tutorial? Why is this topic of particular interest for LAK 2017? What is its contribution to the research field? If a similar relevant workshop or tutorial has been organised at past LA oriented conferences then you should describe how your proposal builds upon these past events.
  • Workshop/tutorial objectives or intended outcomes – What are the objectives that the workshop or tutorial aims to achieve?
  • References

You are also required to submit the details below via a Google Form at time of EasyChair submission.

Please submit the following details to the form here:

  1. Paper number (from EasyChair submission)
  2. Workshop or tutorial title
  3. Author names and affiliations (following ACM format)
  4. Identification of the primary contact person(s)
  5. Short biography of each organizer stating their qualifications related to the workshop or tutorial topics
  6. Proposed Format/workshop activities
    • Half day/full day format
    • Workshop, Tutorial, Symposium
    • If the workshop is intended to be ‘by application’ (e.g., a paper submission), an ‘open’ workshop (i.e., any interested delegate may register to attend), or mixed participation.
    • Workshop activities – briefly describe the activities participants should expect, e.g., symposia elements, birds of a feather, group-based demos, etc.
    • Proposed schedule
  7. Expected participants and domains addressed (including anticipated, and maximum, capacity – note that room capacities range from 20-40. Workshop capacities should reflect the proposed workshop format/activities)
  8. Required equipment for the workshop / tutorial
  9. Dissemination activities (e.g. #hashtag of the event, mailing lists, etc.)

Reviewing Process

Workshop/tutorial selection will be handled competitively; proposals will be ranked according to five criteria:

  1. Relevance to LAK
  2. Innovativeness
  3. Overall quality
  4. Extent of interaction
  5. Comprehensiveness of planning

Workshop/tutorial organizers are encouraged to propose innovative and interactive formats, which will be given priority in the selection process. The proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the workshop and tutorial chairs and the LAK17 organizing team. In case of overlapping proposals, the workshop chairs might 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 LAK17 website. The two page workshop and tutorial proposals will be published in the research proceedings.

Each workshop/tutorial should aim to produce an open access document or notes (for example, a Google Doc or slide decks from the day) synthesising the key outcomes and agreed follow-on activities – these could be produced during the workshop.

Workshop/tutorial organizers may choose to prepare their collected papers for a proceedings volume in the online archive.

Workshops/Tutorial Chairs

Kirsty Kitto, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, (Kirsty.kitto at

Simon Knight, Connected Intelligence Centre, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia (Simon.knight at