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for an edited reference book entitled "Data Mining and Learning Analytics
in Educational Research" To be published by Wiley and Blackwell

In a 2010 article published in The Chronicles of Higher Education, Marc
Parry maintains that academia is “at a computational crossroads” when it
comes to big data and analytics in education. With this in mind, this
edited volume will bring together interdisciplinary articles in which
advances in data mining and education are showcased. It will address issues
of data mining research and its use, implementation, challenges, benefits,
and consequences in education
and educational research with the aim of presenting a comprehensive picture
and in-depth analyses of the current situation from the fields of Education
and Computing Sciences.

For over a decade, data mining has solidly established itself as a research
tool within institutions of higher education. Defined as the “analysis of
observational datasets to find unsuspected relationships and to summarize
the data in novel ways that are both understandable and useful to the data
owners (Han and Kamber, 2006)”, data mining is a multidisciplinary field
that integrates
methods at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning,
natural language processing, statistics and database systems. Data mining
techniques are used to analyze large scale data and discover meaningful
patterns such as natural grouping of data records (cluster analysis),
unusual records (anomaly and outlier detection) and dependencies
(association rule mining). It has made major advances in medical,
biomedical, engineering and business fields. Educational Data Mining (EDM)
emerged in the last few years from computer sciences as a field in its own
right with the goal of integrating data mining techniques to advance
teaching, learning and research in higher education. It has matured enough
to have its own international conference, its 7th annual gathering being
held in London in the summer of 2014

Yet, most of the advances in EDM are mostly led by and confined to
computing sciences. Educators from “education fields,” unfortunately, play
a minor role in EDM. Consequently, advances in EDM often lack the grounding
in pedagogical and educational research; which thus far, have played a
peripheral role in this strongly emerging field that could greatly benefit
and shape education and educational research.

We intend this proposed book to be a foundation for the intersection
between DM, LA, EDM and education from a social sciences perspective. The
chapters in this book will collectively address the impacts of DM on
education from various
perspectives: insights, challenges, issues,expectations, and practical
implementation of DM within educational mandates. It will be a common
interdisciplinary platform for both scientists at the cutting edge of EDM
and educators seeking to use and integrate DM and LA in addressing
educational issues, improving education and advancing educational research.

Being at the crossroads of two intertwined disciplines, this book will
offer practitioners, educators, computer scientists, graduate students,
university, school and board administrators, teachers and students a
reference in both fields. It will showcase the work of scholars who work
with a deep understanding and respect for both the social sciences and
computer sciences.

For proposal submission
Please include the following:
- A page with title, author’s name, affiliation and contact information
- A one page proposal (250-300 words)
- A short bio of 50 words
Please send proposals to:
Dr. Samira ElAtia: [log in to unmask]
Dr. Osmar Zaiane: [log in to unmask]
Dr. Donald Ipperciel: [log in to unmask]
Inquiries may be sent to the same email addresses.


Stage 1 – Submission of Abstracts Deadline
Proposal –one page *October 10, 2014*
Invitations to submit a manuscript *November10, 2014*

Stage 2 – Submission of Manuscripts
Submission of manuscripts April 30, 2015
Results of peer review July 30 2015
Submission of revised manuscripts October 30, 2015
Tentative date of Publication December, 2015

Jenny Boutros

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