Opportunity versus Challenge: Exploring Usage of Log-File and Process Data in International Large Scale Assessments

Conference and Workshop Event

16th-17th May, Riu Plaza The Gresham, Dublin 1, Ireland

The Educational Research Centre (Dublin, Ireland) and Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ, USA) are collaborating to support the growing interest in log-file and process data from international large-scale assessments. A conference and workshop will take place on the 16th and 17th May, 2019 at the Riu Plaza Gresham Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

 Conference Event – 16th and 17th May (1.5 days)

This international conference event aims to:‎

  • Showcase recent and current work in this area that takes a variety of methodological ‎and theoretical approaches
  • Promote a shared understanding of log-file and process data in PISA and other large-‎scale assessments
  • Consider ethical issues relating to this kind of data
  • Establish priorities to guide future directions for research using log-file data.‎

The conference is expected to be of particular relevance to educational researchers with an interest in the potential offered by log-file data, but would also be of interest to educators and policy-makers, given the potential breadth of application that log-file data offers.

The conference takes place over 1.5 days on the 16th and 17th of May, with space for 100 ‎attendees. The conference will start at 9am on Thursday 16th and close at 1pm on Friday 17th May.

The half-day workshop will run from 2-6pm on 17th of May, with space for 30 participants.

There will be a drinks reception for all conference attendees, directly after the final session on Day 1. More information on the conference and workshop (draft programme, speakers, etc.) will shortly be available.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Kentaro Yamamoto, ETS
  • Frank Goldhammer, DIPF
  • Qiwei He, ETS
  • Samuel Greiff, University of Luxembourg
  • Reinaldo Dos Santos, Ministry of Education, France
  • Luis Saldiva, ETS
  • Loris Vergolini, IRVAPP
  • Ladislao Salmeron, University of Valencia
  • Damian Murchan, Trinity College Dublin.

Registration information

Please note, there are two options to attend the conference: a conference-only option and a conference and workshop option. To cover conference costs, attendance fees apply. ‎

Conference-only fee: €300 euro (includes tea and coffee breaks on Day 1 and Day 2, lunch on Day 1, and a drinks reception on the evening of Day 1)‎. Registration will operate on a first-come-first-serve basis, opening at 12 noon on Monday the 25th February 2019 at:


Conference and workshop fee: €400 euro (includes tea & coffee breaks and lunches on both Day 1 and 2, plus a drinks reception on the evening of Day 1).‎ To attend the conference AND workshop, please use the surveyhero link below.‎

Workshop Event – 17th May (afternoon only)

Immediately following the conference, a half-day workshop combining demo and hands-on activities is offered. The workshop uses a synthetic database constructed by ETS using Field Trial data from PISA 2015, and guides participants through the initial extraction process and data structure, then explores some key manipulations that are possible, and research questions that may be interrogated using the data.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants, with a registration process separate to the conference-only event. To attend both the conference and the workshop, a fee of €400 will apply.

Please complete the application form at the link below to apply for the workshop. Note: successful workshop applicants will be sent a link to register and pay for both events after receipt of the application form.

The application process for the workshop will be open until 4pm on the 18th April 2019, or until all places have been filled. The form is available at this link:


 Information for workshop participants

The workshop is aimed at educational researchers with some experience in data analysis using SPSS/STATA/SAS, with an interest in student process. The workshop will have a blend of demonstration and hands-on tasks that are aimed at researchers beginning to work with log-file and process data in large-scale assessments.

Workshop participants will require a general understanding of SPSS syntax or other programming languages. Extensive data science or programming experience is not essential, but some knowledge and understanding of data analytics and coding will be beneficial. Participants will also need to be generally familiar with the content and design of the PISA datasets.

Contact details

If you have any queries or questions related to the application process for the workshop or registration for the conference, please contact the team at processdataconference2019@erc.ie