Earli Sig 27 - Online Measures of Learning Processes 29.11. - 1.12.2016




Dear Colleagues,

EARLI Special Interest Group 27 which deals with Online Measures of Learning Processes is proud and honoured to announce the first SIG 27 conference hosted with Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) (http://www.oulu.fi/let/), University of Oulu.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all in Oulu, the Capital of Northern Scandinavia, Finland. Two years ago an idea bubbled up to found a new EARLI SIG that would focus on new, more objective ways of measuring learning process. The idea for the new SIG came, on the one hand, from a dissatisfaction with the subjective measures used (e.g., questionnaires, Likert scales, etc.) for measuring learning processes and on the other hand from developments around new technologies which make it possible to observe, measure, and understand learning and assessment processes more objectively while they are happening; online and in real time. Today, SIG 27 has reached the point where it is setting up its first SIG conference.

First a note: SIG 27 aims at providing a forum that affords possibilities to share and discuss the methodological and analytical ideas or challenges that international research community interested in understanding the learning processes are facing. It’s goal is to be complementary and supplementary to already existing SIGs in that it provides theories, insights and tools for researchers in other SIGs. We would like to invite all of you who share this interest in finding new ways to measure learning as a process to do this with us in a white and beautiful wintery Oulu, which is getting ready for Christmas time in polar nights!

The theme of the 2016 Conference of the EARLI SIG 27 is Processes matter – Measures, Analysis and Applications for Tracing Learning. Learning is more than an outcome, a final grade, or a degree; learning is an ongoing process leading to an outcome. Similarly, the assessment of learning also requires considering the process and not just the outcome. To better understand and improve learning or assessment it is, thus, important to look at the ‘how' and ‘why' on the route to these outcomes. The chosen conference theme reflects an interest in the state-of-the-art and upcoming approaches to measure the process of learning, innovative solutions to analyse data, while also offering the opportunity to think about and discuss how the developing understanding can be used to design applications for supporting learning processes.