PhD defense: Measuring the Unmeasurable? Towards Automatic Co-located Collaboration Analytics

PhD defense: Measuring the Unmeasurable? Towards Automatic Co-located Collaboration Analytics

Artificial Intelligence, Book, Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Multimodal Learning Analytics, PhD defense, Press
Collaboration is one of the most important skills in the 21st century. Education, therefore, focuses on learning to cooperate, both in online and face-to-face settings. Learning Analytics is increasingly being used to analyse collaborations. Can face-to-face collaborations be analysed automatically by means of sensor technology? And what is the quality of the analyses generated by this? Sambit Praharaj developed a technical prototype to achieve automated collaboration analytics. On Friday 11 March 2022 at 1.30 pm Sambit defended his thesis 'Measuring the Unmeasurable? Towards Automatic Co-located Collaboration Analytics' at the Open University in Heerlen. Collaboration analytics using sensor technology Sambit Praharaj investigated the possibilities of automating collaboration analytics in face-to-face settings. He developed a prototype that measures the quality of collaboration. Praharaj also developed a dashboard that visualises the data and…
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PhD defense: Educational innovation towards organizational development: the art of governing open and online education in Dutch higher education institutions

PhD defense: Educational innovation towards organizational development: the art of governing open and online education in Dutch higher education institutions

Book, Higher Education, Open access, PhD defense, Press
Forms of open online education can bring about innovation in teaching and learning. Yet there is still little sign of this transformation at higher education institutions. How can open online education innovations be embedded in higher education institutions? And what organisational preconditions for open online education exist at various levels? On Friday 18 February 2022 at 4 pm, Martine Schophuizen defended her thesis entitled "Educational innovation towards organizational development: the art of governing open and online education in Dutch higher education institutions" at the Open Universiteit in Heerlen. Open Online Education (OOO) For years, there have been high expectations regarding the potential of forms of open online education (OOO), for example, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). However, research into the effects of OOO still provides too few insights into increasing…
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PhD defense by Tobias Rohloff: Learning Analytics at Scale Supporting Learning and Teaching in MOOCs with Data-Driven Insights

PhD defense by Tobias Rohloff: Learning Analytics at Scale Supporting Learning and Teaching in MOOCs with Data-Driven Insights

Learning Analytics, Lifelong Learning, PhD defense
Today I had the pleasure to participate in the PhD defense of Tobias Rohloff. The overall aim of this dissertation is to investigate the implementation of LA at the scale of MOOCs and to explore how data-driven technology can support learning and teaching in this context. To this end, several research prototypes have been iteratively developed for the HPI MOOC Platform. Hence, they were tested and evaluated in an authentic real-world learning environment. Most of the results can be applied on a conceptual level to other MOOC platforms as well. The research contribution of this thesis thus provides practical insights beyond what is theoretically possible. In total, four system components were developed and extended: (1) The Learning Analytics Architecture: A technical infrastructure to collect, process, and analyze event-driven learning data based…
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PhD Defense on educational importance of a well-designed dashboard in the online learning environment

PhD Defense on educational importance of a well-designed dashboard in the online learning environment

PhD defense, Press, Team
The impact of technology in improving educational opportunities has grown significantly in the last decade. Especially in 2020, when the corona crisis led to an unprecedented growth in online education for all ages. Online learning environments are equipped with all kinds of possibilities to generate feedback, based on educational data, the learning analytics. Ioana Jivet investigated how learning analytics can be used as a feedback tool in online learning environments. What are relevant aspects in the design of the online learning environment? And what information should the dashboard display in order to optimally support the learner in the learning process? Ioana Jivet defends her thesis 'The Dashboard That Loved Me: Designing adaptive learning analytics for self-regulated learning' at the Open University on Friday 26 March 2021 at 1.30 pm (online).…
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