News for Youse | Jisc/Apereo Learning Analytics Hackathon

By Megan Bowe (Partner, MakingBetter)

This hackathon is happening as a preconference activity to the SOLAR’s Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK16) in Edinburgh. The hackathon will be two days, April 25th and 26th. We’re psyched because this hackathon will focus on interoperability, particularly in xAPI vocabulary.

From the hackathon agenda:

Day One will aim to generate a common understanding about how data portability can be enabled between the many different stakeholders involved in the xAPI community. We will start with a consideration of how learning activities and high-level dashboards should drive the development of xAPI recipes.

Day Two will continue from Day One, including the new xAPI recipes and the synthetic data generated, will be used to inform suggestions for data structures and to bootstrap high-level analytics solutions and generic dashboards.

This is super exciting! The LAK conference is the epicenter of learning analytics activity. There is no better group to work with on vocabulary. Onward!


Jisc ( is a non-profit serving UK higher education, further education and skills sectors’ for digital services and solutions. They are currently at work on a large xAPI implementation. They’re also hosting xAPI Camp at their London office on April 22nd.

Apereo ( is a global network of institutions on six continents. Their mission is to create and sustain software supporting learning, teaching and research. Some of the software developed and maintained by the Apereo Community includes Sakai, the Open Analytics Platform, the Open Academic Environment, and more.

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