Consortium meeting and research workshop of the HELA project

Consortium meeting and research workshop of the HELA project

October 22, 2021
Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Meta-study, Project, Workshop
On October 22st, 2021, Hendrik Drachsler contributed to the HELA project. Prof. Nina Begičević Ređep PhD, presented activities and results achieved in the seven months of project implementation and give an overview of upcoming research activities due to the end of the first project year. The HELA partners have set up a powerful machine learning literature review system and will focus on providing insights through meta-analysis on ethics & privacy, LA use cases, strategic planning for the adoption of learning analytics. On Friday, October 22nd, 2021, a research workshop will be held where the FOI team will present project results through three modules: 1) Conceptual framework of learning analytics (LA), 2) Strategic planning and decision making related to LA implementation and 3) LA use cases. After this, external associate Prof.…
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New Pub: EDMEDIA 2021 Conference Paper

New Pub: EDMEDIA 2021 Conference Paper

October 19, 2021
Conference, Learning Analytics, Publication
Our conference article has been published at EDMEDIA 2021 relating to the preliminary findings based on a systematic review on teaching analytics (see abstract below) and we are currently working on extending these findings for a journal article…… Title: Utilising learning analytics for teaching success Authors: Jane Yau & Dirk Ifenthaler Abstract: Learning analytics are utilized to support learners’ educational needs as well as to enhance their study success, for example, via the use of real-time prompts, motivational dashboards, appropriate learning interventions, which have been shown to increase students’ academic performance as well as their course retention rates. The combination of student, learning and curriculum profiles consisting of static and dynamic parameters enable analytics to be computed and academic interventions to take place. In this paper, we present the results of a systematic…
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New Pub: Mobile Sensing with Smart Wearables of the Physical Context of Distance Learning Students to Consider Its Effects on Learning

New Pub: Mobile Sensing with Smart Wearables of the Physical Context of Distance Learning Students to Consider Its Effects on Learning

October 19, 2021
General education, Journal, Learning Analytics, Lifelong Learning, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Open access, Project, Publication, Research topic, Target group, Technical paper, Uncategorized
Research shows that various contextual factors can have an impact on learning. Some of these factors can originate from the physical learning environment (PLE) in this regard. When learning from home, learners have to organize their PLE by themselves. This paper is concerned with identifying, measuring, and collecting factors from the PLE that may affect learning using mobile sensing. More specifically, this paper first investigates which factors from the PLE can affect distance learning. The results identify nine types of factors from the PLE associated with cognitive, physiological, and affective effects on learning. Subsequently, this paper examines which instruments can be used to measure the investigated factors. The results highlight several methods involving smart wearables (SWs) to measure these factors from PLEs successfully. Third, this paper explores how software infrastructure…
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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

October 15, 2021
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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ALICE project workshop

ALICE project workshop

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…
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Ioana Jivet joins the team

Ioana Jivet joins the team

August 1, 2021
Artificial Intelligence, Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Learning Design, Team
Ioana Jivet is Associate Researcher at EduTech group at DIPF Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education. Ioana obtained her Masters degree in Computer Science in 2016 from the TU Delft and then pursued a PhD at the Open University of the Netherlands which she obtained in March 2021 Cum Laude. Her research focused on designing learner-facing learning analytics dashboards that foster the development of self-regulated learning skills. Over the past years, she has contributed to Competen-SEA, a capacity building project in South-East Asia around MOOCs, and SHEILA, a research project that investigated the adoption of learning analytics in European higher education institutions and built a policy development framework for HEIs to facilitate adoption. At the moment, Ioana is serving on the Executive Committee of the Society of Learning…
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New Pub: Are We There Yet? – A Systematic Literature Review on Chatbots in Education

New Pub: Are We There Yet? – A Systematic Literature Review on Chatbots in Education

July 15, 2021
Artificial Intelligence, General education, Journal, Learning Analytics, Literature review, Open access, Publication
Are We There Yet? - A Systematic Literature Review on Chatbots in Education Chatbots are a promising technology with the potential to enhance workplaces and everyday life. In terms of scalability and accessibility, they also offer unique possibilities as communication and information tools for digital learning. In this work, we present a systematic literature review investigating the areas of education where chatbots have already been applied, explore the pedagogical roles of chatbots, the use of chatbots for mentoring purposes, and their potential to personalize education. We conducted a preliminary analysis of 2,678 publications to perform this literature review, which allowed us to identify 74 relevant publications for chatbots’ application in education. Through this, we address five research questions that, together, allow us to explore the current state-of-the-art of this educational…
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SoLAR webinar on: Investigating persistent and new challenges of learning analytics

SoLAR webinar on: Investigating persistent and new challenges of learning analytics

July 6, 2021
Artificial Intelligence, Computational Psychometrics, Higher Education, Keynote, Learning Analytics, Learning Design, Multimodal Learning Analytics, School, Workshop
On 29 June 2021, Hendrik Drachsler gave an invited webinar for the SoLAR webinar channel where he reflected the process of applying learning analytics solutions within higher education settings and schools, 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-centred learning analytics concepts.  It, therefore, applies sensor technology to support psychomotor as well as web technology to support meta-cognitive and collaborative learning skills with high-informative feedback methods. Hendrik applies validated measurement instruments from the field of psychometric and investigates…
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Kickoff: HELA – Improving HEI maturity to implement learning analytics

Kickoff: HELA – Improving HEI maturity to implement learning analytics

June 15, 2021
Digitalisation, Learning Analytics, Project, School
In February 2021, the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ) approved funding of the research project "HELA - Improving HEI maturity to implement learning analytics" that will be implemented during the next 4 years at the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI), University of Zagreb under the leadership of Full Prof. Nina Begičević Ređep, PhD The project, which started with its activities on March 1, 2021, will be financed by the HRZZ in the total amount of 776,230.00 HRK. The purpose of this research project is to contribute to a better understanding and optimization of the teaching and learning processes supported by LA through improving HEI maturity to implement LA. The expected impact of the research will be reflected in faster implementation of learning analytics in higher education, improved evidence-based strategic decision-making and…
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Kickoff Meeting of HICOF-DL – Highly Informative and Competence-based Feedback for Digital Learning

Kickoff Meeting of HICOF-DL – Highly Informative and Competence-based Feedback for Digital Learning

June 1, 2021
Computational Psychometrics, Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Project
Currently, almost all students learn only digitally at home, because in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic, universities have largely converted their teaching to online courses. But the virtual lectures and seminars often still lack individual feedback for learners. A new project conducted by the DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Human Development and Educational Information and the Goethe University Frankfurt aims to change that. The researchers want to develop a software tool that uses modern, automated evaluation methods to help provide accurate feedback. Derzeit lernen fast alle Studierenden nur digital zu Hause, denn im Zuge der COVID-19-Pandemie haben die Hochschulen ihren Lehrbetrieb größtenteils auf Online-Veranstaltungen umgestellt. Doch den virtuellen Vorlesungen und Seminaren mangelt es häufig noch an individuellen Rückmeldungen für die Lernenden. Ein neues, vom DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für…
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