TaPTA Workshop at EC-TEL 2012: Towards Theory and Practice of Teaching Analytics

TaPTA Workshop at EC-TEL 2012

Towards Theory and Practice of Teaching Analytics

18 September 2012, Saarbrücken, Germany


High-performance classrooms are characterized by 1:1 computing, high cognitive density, and big data. However, in comparison with most other professionals from whom clients expect rapid decisions in a dynamically changing environment, presently teachers often do not get the information they need for decision making in a timely fashion and in a meaningful and actionable format. Building on the NEXT-TELL project, the TaPTA workshop explores methods and tools to support teachers’ professional vision in 21st century classrooms. This workshop’s ambitious objective is to jumpstart a new learning sciences research stream on teaching analytics by bringing together learning scientists in different sub-fields such as CSCL, ITS, EDM, researchers in Visual Analytics, and data scientists working with “Big Data” in public institutions and private enterprises. In addition to researchers, we are also targeting teachers at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of education to be involved as co-designers and discussants.


TaPTA 2012 workshop topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Historical and contemporary practices in notations, representations, and  visualizations of classroom activities and student learning
  • Theories and methods for designing and evaluating new notations, representations, and visualizations for teaching analytics
  • Cognitive dimensions of notations for learning and teaching purposes
  • Visual analytics for activity tracking
  • Visual analytics for knowledge tracking
  • Visual analytics for formative vs. summative evaluations
  • Visual analytics for technology enhanced formative assessment
  • Engendering  teachers’ professional vision in high-performance classrooms
  • Synthesis of visual analytics oriented theory and practice in the Learning Sciences, e-Learning, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL), Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), Educational Data Mining, and Learning Analytics.
  • Technical architectures and technological infrastructure for teaching analytics
  • Linked Data for teaching analytics
  • Instrumentation of classrooms and ecosystems for learning and teaching
  • Critical perspectives on teaching analytics

To Participate

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: 15 July 2012 31 July 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 14 August 2012
  • Camera-ready version of accepted papers: 26 August 2012
  • Workshop date: Tuesday, 18 September, 2012


Please register for the workshop at the EC-TEL2012 website.


The TaPTA workshop is held at EC-TEL2012 in Saarbrücken, Germany.

The workshop will be held in the location B81 – 0.21 on the campus of the “Universität des Saarlandes”:


The workshop is on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 from 9.00 to 15.00.

9.00 – 10.00 Introduction and first paper/discussion session

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 – 12.30 Second paper/discussion session

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break

13.30 – 15.00 Final paper/discussion session

The following accepted papers will be presented along with interactive discussions during the workshop:

  • Towards Semiology of Teaching Analytics (Ravi K. Vatrapu) [paper] [slides]
  • Group Informatics: A Multi-Domain Perspective on the Development of Teaching Analytics (Sean P. Goggins) [paper] [slides]
  • Articulation of Scenario Construction of Lessons Based on Ontological Engineering (Yusuke Hayashi, Riichiro Mizoguchi) [paper] [slides]
  • Script-Aware Monitoring Model: Using Teachers’ Pedagogical Intentions to Guide Learning Analytics (María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana, Alejandra Martínez-Monés, Juan Ignacio Asensio-Pérez, Yannis Dimitriadis) [paper] [slides]
  • Supporting the Development of 21st Century Skills: Student Facilitation of Meetings and Data for Teachers (Peter Reimann, Susan Bull, Pavithra Ganesan) [paper] [slides]
  • Learning Analytics in the LMS: Using Browser Extensions to Embed Visualizations into a Learning Management System (Derick Leony, Abelardo Pardo, Luis de la Fuente Valentín, Iago Quiñones, Carlos Delgado Kloos) [paper] [slides]
  • Learning Analytics as an Investigation Tool for Teaching Practitioners (Sandra Rebholz, Paul Libbrecht, Wolfgang Müller) [paper] [slides]
  • Invited teacher report: Working and Teaching Strategies at Strömstad Gymnasium (1:1 Laptop School) (Ilka Andersson) [paper] [slides]


The proceedings are published online as volume 894 of the CEUR series of workshop proceedings.

Organizing Committee

  • Ravi Vatrapu, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Wolfgang Halb, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria
  • Susan Bull, University of Birmingham, UK

Programme Committee

  • Peter Reimann, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Barbara Wasson, University of Bergen, Norway
  • Brock Craft, London Knowledge Lab, United Kingdom
  • Chris Teplovs, University of Windsor, Canada
  • Frank Linton, The MITRE Corporation, USA
  • Ryan Baker, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

Contact Information

For further information about the workshop, please contact the organizing committee at tapta [at] next-tell.eu