Metacognition SIG is not the biggest SIG in EARLI, and this year, there was 114 participants, who attended to the conference. From SLAM team, there was 6 participants, namely Jonna Malmberg, Marta Sobocinski, Sara Ahola, Eetu Haataja, Muhterem Dindar and Sanna Järvelä who attended. Each of them had a presentation about their studies, which all dealt with thematic areas such as Metacognition, Adaptation in regulation, and also combining multiple multiple data modalities to better understand how different data modalities such as electrodermal activity (EDA) and heart rate (HR) could be used to better understand invisible learning processes that are difficult to capture otherwise.
E-CIR network presented a panel discussion that focused on complexity of multichannel trace data for learning scientists and learning analytics, namely how to use the data, how to hypothesize trajectories in individual and social regulation of learning. The challenge is not only to tackle with multiple modalities of the data, but also to understand how these data modalities can reflect motivation, emotion, cognition and metacognition. Roger Azevedo noted that “We need a whole village for this type of research”.
Sanna also participated and gave a keynote at the Nordic Learning Analytics Summer Institute on the 29. and 30. of August 2018, in Copenhagen (Aalborg University’s Campus). LASI-Nordic 2018 is a part of the International Society for Learning Analytics Research (SOLAR) series of local learning analytics summer institutes. LASI was a great opportunity to discuss and share our progress in the SLAM.
Conferences offer a good kick start for academic year, since they often stimulate your thinking processes, but there is also possibility to get understanding of what are the questions that researchers from the same field are dialing and working with currently.