October 13, 2021
Learning Analytics, Learning Design, School, Workshop

On 12/13 of October the EduTec Team finally hit the road again and met with the ALICE Project partners in Kiel at the IPN for the first post-pandemic f2f Workshop. Wuhuuuuuuuu!

The purpose of the 2-day workshop was to work on an instructional model for designing and implementing instructional units in four domains – biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics – and tracking students learning progression with learning analytics during these units.  The units will be hybrid in that they will take place in regular classrooms but will involve students working through instructional activities involving digital media. Instruction will be led by a regular teacher but will have students continuously interact with a (tablet) computer. In order to be able to analyze students learning progression using learning analytics across the four domains, an instructional model was serving as a basis for the development of the respective instructional unit needs to incorporate four different perspectives:

  1. the domain-specific perspective,
  2. the digital media perspective,
  3. the pedagogical perspective and
  4. the learning analytics perspective.

These four perspectives need to be synthesized into a model for instruction in which students actively engage in a sequence of instructional activities to construct an increasingly complex knowledge about the domain, and continuously create digital artefacts to document their learning.

ALICE project team goes fully vegan :)
ALICE goes fully vegan 🙂

On basis of an instructional model for Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL), we have been using the FoLA2 method from Marcel Schmitz Ph.D. project to design the activities. FoLA showed again its full potential as our STEM partners have been able to use FoLA2 independently after a short introduction. We almost sold them 5 boards 😉 We have been able to design two full IBL cycles for all four domains and can focus now on technical implementation.  It is so fantastic to see stakeholders working with our FoLA2  and are highly satisfied and engaged in designing learning analytics activities without knowing a lot about learning analytics. And we will not leave it at this point, here we already show a sneak preview of the new digital version of FoLA2 created by Elvir from studiumdigitale.

Among, geeky EduTec stuff, we enjoyed the hospitality of the IPN namely Knut Neumann & Markus Kubsch and the great atmosphere with the ALICE project team (hope I forgot no one): Maria Elizondo, Sascha Bernholt, Jannik Lossjew, Berrit Czinczel, Daniela Fiedler, Ute Harms, Aiso Heinze, Nikol Rummel, Ulricke Cress, Daniel Sommerhoff, Elvir Bajrami, Sebsatian Gombert, Daniele Di Mitri, Onur Karademir & Maren Scheffel.