The 11th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge
The impact we make: The contributions of learning analytics to learning
April 11-15, 2021, Newport Beach, California, USA


General Call


The 2021 edition of The International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK21) will take place in Newport Beach, California! LAK21 is organised by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) with location host University of California, Irvine.  LAK21 is a collaborative effort by learning analytics researchers and practitioners to share learning analytics research and practice. 


The theme for the 11th annual LAK conference, “The impact we make: The contributions of learning analytics to learning”. As academic fields concerned with the human condition develop and mature, their impact on advancing scientific understanding and practical application becomes an important marker of success. As an integrated and multi-disciplinary research topic, learning analytics is presented with questions regarding its contributions in two areas: 1. the respective fields from which it draws, 2. its own development as a research domain. 


Given the rapid global adoption of technology and online learning, due to COVID-19, we are additionally soliciting learning analytics research related to the classroom, teaching, learning, and organizational impact of this transition. The areas of research could include learning design practices, faculty and student response, and the role of learning analytics in supporting and informing the move to online for all stakeholders involved.  


The LAK conference is intended for both researchers and practitioners. We invite both researchers and practitioners of learning analytics to come and join a proactive dialogue around the future of learning analytics and its practical adoption. We further extend our invite to educators, leaders, administrators, government and industry professionals interested in the field of learning analytics and related disciplines. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 global situation and are planning for multiple scenarios including face to face, blended or fully online.


Conference theme and topics


We welcome submissions from both research and practice, covering different theoretical, methodological, empirical and technical contributions to the learning analytics field. Specifically, this year, we invite contributors to think about how learning analytics is contributing to our understanding of learning and learning processes. Learning research occurs in many distinct academic fields, including psychology, learning sciences, education, neuroscience, and computer science. Since its inception, LA has reflected a tight coupling between research and practice. What has been the impact of the methods, the approaches, the studies, and related outputs of the LA field?


For our 11th Annual conference, we encourage authors to address some of the following questions:

  1. How is LA contributing to our understanding of learning?
  2. What does impact mean in the context of online, blended, and in-classroom learning analytics?
  3. How have learning-related discoveries and research by the LA field influenced learning practices
  4. What are the practical and scholarly implications of the presented work for the future?
  5. What are the challenges of the presented work we need to address to improve its impact in the future?


We also explicitly encourage research that validates, replicates and examines the generalisability of previously published findings, as well as the aspects of practical adoption of the existing learning analytics methods and approaches. 

Some of the topics of interest include, (but are not limited) are:


Capturing Learning & Teaching:


Understanding Learning & Teaching:


Impacting Learning & Teaching:


Implementing Change in Learning & Teaching:


Conference tracks

The conference has four different tracks with distinct types of submissions. Please see the submission guidelines page for more information about each track.


1. Research track

The focus of the research track is on advancing scholarly knowledge in the field of learning analytics through rigorous reports of learning analytics research studies. The primary audience includes academics, doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and other types of educational research staff working in different capacities on learning analytics research projects. 

Submission types for the research track are:


2. Practitioner and Corporate Learning Analytics track

The Practitioner and Corporate Learning Analytics (PaC-LA) track is complementary to the research track and brings real-world experiences of adoption of learning analytics systems in education. PaC-LA participants include; 1) policy makers, project managers, department leads, instructional technologists, analysts, learning designers and other non-research staff; 2) developers, designers, analysts, and other representatives from commercial and industry entities, non-profit organizations, and government bodies. We consider this track an important vehicle to share experiences and learnings surrounding learning analytics implementations and related tools, programs, product development and researched-based product evaluations. 

Submissions for the PaC-LA track have a special format which emphasizes practical aspects of project implementations. All accepted submissions to the PaC-LA track will be published in the LAK21 Companion Proceedings and archived on the SoLAR website.


 Submission types for the PaC-LA track are:




The intent of the stream is to contribute to our collective understanding of the practices prominent in learning analytics adoption, what appears to be having impact, and why. Specifically, our interest is to explore the growing role of learning analytics in corporate learning, including the skills development needs of employees, alternative credentialing models, reliance on non-traditional education providers, and the impact of using data to guide corporate learning programs. As such, we encourage you, in your findings, to reflect on the stated purpose of your initiative and discuss learnings and outcomes from the initiative in light of these stated goals. We also encourage submissions where an initiative did not achieve what was expected, as we believe that such papers can also provide valuable knowledge to the community. While a detailed research paper is not required for submission, the more complete the abstract, including usage and impact, the higher the probability of being selected for inclusion. Further, while the stream is intended for non-researchers, we expect papers to still adhere to high standards of scholarly writing.

** significance should include a reflection on the importance of the reported initiatives in your paper  to the broader LAK community.


3. Posters and Demos


4. Pre-conference event track

The focus of pre-conference events is on providing space for new and emerging ideas in learning analytics and their development. Events can have either research or practical focus and can be structured in the way which best serves their particular purpose.


The types of submissions for the pre-conference event track are:


Review process


LAK21 will use a double-blind peer review process for all submissions except those for the doctoral consortium (as they include a letter of reference from the principal supervisor) and demos. Similar to the previous year, LAK21 will have a rebuttal phase for full and short research papers in which authors will be given five days to respond to remarks and comments raised by reviewers in a maximum of 500 words. Rebuttals are optional, and there is no requirement to respond. Authors should keep in mind that papers are being evaluated as submitted and thus, responses should not propose new results or restructuring of the presentation. Thus, rebuttals should focus on answering specific questions raised by reviewers (if any) and providing clarifications and justifications to reviewers. Finally, the conference timeline allows for rejected submissions to be re-submitted in revised form as workshop papers.


Proceedings publication


Accepted full and short research papers will be included in the LAK21 conference proceedings published and archived by ACM. Other types of submissions (posters, demos, workshops, tutorials, practitioner reports and doctoral consortium) will be included in the open access LAK companion proceedings, archived on SoLAR’s website. Please note at least one of the authors must register for the conference by the Early bird deadline before the paper can be included in the ACM Proceedings or LAK Companion Proceedings.


Important dates


Note: all dates are 23:59 GMT-12 (AOE Time zone)


Submission deadlines:


Acceptance notifications:


Conference and registration dates: