Guest Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University

Guest Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University

Invited talk
On 18th November 2021, Dr Daniele Di Mitri was invited to give a guest lecture to the Human-AI Interaction course at Carnegie Mellon University. The course is organised by Haiyi Zhu, Steven Wu and it resonates with Di Mitri's seminar Responsible AI for Human support. Abstract of the guest lecture: This guest lecture will focus on artificial intelligence in education. We start the lecture with a short history of AI systems in education; we will then introduce the concept of Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), the idea of providing automatic and personalised feedback for learners and provide some examples of modern ITSs. Additionally, we look at alternative and more indirect applications of AI in education and their potential support and benefits in education. Finally, we consider how modern multimodal and multi-sensor interfaces…
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New Pub: Designing the Learning Analytics Cockpit – A Dashboard that Enables Interventions

New Pub: Designing the Learning Analytics Cockpit – A Dashboard that Enables Interventions

Conference, Conference, Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Publication
This paper presents results from our design and evaluation studies of the Learning Analytics Cockpit (LA Cockpit) for a quiz app, which aims to provide lecturers with important information about students’ knowledge levels. We define a LA Cockpit as a tool for instructors that enables them to steer students’ learning process by providing a LA Dashboard which visualizes students’ learning indicators and an intervention feature enabling instructors to give feedback based on students’ knowledge levels. To address the needs of lecturers we applied the Double Diamond (DD) design process model which consists of four stages: discover, define, develop & refine. Following the DD process, we first conducted a qualitative study by interviewing four lecturers and student teachers to discover their needs. Results from the interviews allowed us to define requirements…
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Auftaktveranstaltung: Forschung über Studienerfolg und Studienabbruch II

Auftaktveranstaltung: Forschung über Studienerfolg und Studienabbruch II

Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Project, Project meeting
Am 11. November 2021 fand die virtuelle Auftaktveranstaltung der BMBF-Förderlinie Forschung über "Studienerfolg und Studienabbruch II" statt. Virtueller Gastgeber war die FernUniversität in Hagen. Das EduTec Team war mit dem Projekt LAMASS@DiLea, in dem Faktoren für Studienabbruch und Studienerfolg im Zusammenhang mit digitalen Lehrformaten untersucht werden, ebenfalls vertreten. [embed]https://static1.bmbfcluster.de/5/2/2/4/0_c464c1b3f1efcf4/52240_b0710c16e248bbf_web.mp4[/embed]   Nach einer Begrüßung der Rektorin der FernUniversität in Hagen, Ada Pellert, stellte Prof. Hans-Dieter Daniel wichtige Erkenntnisse aus der ersten Förderlinie vor und formulierte Anregungen und "lessons learned" für die aktuelle Förderlinie. Danach begannen die Kurzvorstellungen der geförderten Projekte, in denen sich alle 19 Vorhaben zum Thema Studienerfolg und Studienabbruch innerhalb von 5 Minuten präsentierten. Innerhalb der jeweiligen Themencluster entstanden angeregte Diskussion, in denen projektübergreifende Herausforderungen und Lösungsansätze zur Sprache kamen. Im Anschluss an diese Präsentationen gab es Breakout-Sessions mit…
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Milky-Psy first face-to-face meeting

Milky-Psy first face-to-face meeting

Artificial Intelligence, General education, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Project meeting
On November 9, 2021, the first face-to-face meeting of the BMBF funded project “Multimodal Immersive Learning with Artificial Intelligence for Psychomotor Skills” (Milki-Psy) consortium took place in the city of Cologne where the DIPF, as an active member, was represented by Dr Daniele Di Mitri, Dr Jan Schneider, Gianluca Romano and Fernando P. Cardenas-Hernandez. The purpose of this meeting was to present the progress of each project partner as well as to propose and discuss possible solutions for the two case studies of this project, which are running case and robot case. (more…)
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New Pub: Virtual Academic Conferences as Learning Spaces

New Pub: Virtual Academic Conferences as Learning Spaces

Journal, Publication
The COVID-19 outbreak came with an unprecedented opportunity to investigate how the new reality of social distancing and limited international travel will affect the organization of academic conferences. Drawing on conceptualization of academic conferences as professional learning spaces, in this study, we examine the factors associated with the perceived value of purely virtual academic conferences and how such perceptions differ between participants from different research fields. The aim was to gain knowledge about factors that should be considered when designing a virtual conference. Survey data from participants of three different virtual conferences were collected (N = 311). Kendall's rank correlation and χ2-analyses were performed. Results show satisfaction with social interaction, the extent to which presentations met participants' topics of interest and the perceived importance of learning and getting an overview on the…
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Invited talk at new Data Science in Education Center at PHZH, Switzerland

Invited talk at new Data Science in Education Center at PHZH, Switzerland

Invited talk
On 09.11.21 Hendrik Drachsler gave an invited talk on Learning Analytics - Data Science in den Bildungswissenschaften at a newly founded Data Science in Education Center the Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich. Hendrik reflected on the process of applying learning analytics solutions within higher education settings, its implications, and the critical lessons learned in the Trusted Learning Research Program. The talk focused on the experience of edutec.science research collective consisting of researchers from the Netherlands and Germany that contribute to the Trusted Learning Analytics (TLA) research program. The TLA program aims to provide actionable and supportive feedback to students and stands in the tradition of human-centered learning analytics concepts. During his talk, Hendrik discussed lessons learned from implementing TLA systems for learning and teaching. He will touch on TLA prerequisites like ethics, privacy,…
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We are looking for Student Assistants (Hiwi)

We are looking for Student Assistants (Hiwi)

Job announcements
The EduTec Science lab is constantly looking for motivated student assistants (Hiwi) to help us out with various scientific tasks. Some of these tasks require coding skills, some others require scientific English writing. You can have an overview of our projects here. The workload is typically 40 hours/month. One example job announcement as a student assistant can be found the attached PDF example. If you believe you have the background to work with the EduTec team send us your CV and motivation letter via email at dimitri [at] dipf.de with the subject "Application as student assistant".
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Workshop on Culturally Aware Human-Centred Learning Analytics (CARLA) at EC-TEL2021

Workshop on Culturally Aware Human-Centred Learning Analytics (CARLA) at EC-TEL2021

General education, Learning Analytics, Workshop
Learning analytics (LA) have been implemented in various countries, often at a limited scale. We have also seen that LA have been used in different ways in different countries. This makes the transfer of LA solutions from one country to another challenging, due to varying contextual, technical, and cultural factors. In an increasingly international educational landscape, how and to what extent should the LA community take into account cultural factors in order to make a relevant impact (i.e., improve learning) at scale? What opportunities are offered by LA technologies to consider learners’ cultural preferences and values, and how can we design culturally aware LA services which account for these values? These were some of the questions we aimed to answer during the Culturally Aware Human-Centred Learning Analytics (CARLA) workshop which…
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Two new research grants on AI in Higher Education

Two new research grants on AI in Higher Education

Artificial Intelligence, Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Project
The EduTec group contributed to two winning research grants on AI in Higher Education for the upcoming four years. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is thus strengthening Frankfurt as an excellent centre for educational technologies, especially AI in Education (Learning Analytics). The federal-state initiative “Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education” supports two projects at the Goethe University Frankfurt. One of the projects is a cooperation project under the Goethe University Frankfurt direction, together with the University of Bremen, the FU Berlin, the HU Berlin, and the distance university in Hagen. The IMPACT project (IMPlementing AI-based feedbaCk and assessment with Trusted learning analytics in universities) is about the (partially) automated analysis of texts. Along the Student Life Cycle, prospective students, newcomers and students should receive text-based, highly informative and…
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