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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Sebastian Gombert joins the team

Sebastian Gombert joins the team

June 1, 2021
Learning Analytics, Team
Starting 1st June 2021, Sebastian Gombert joins the team as a doctoral researcher.  Before this, he studied Linguistic and Literary Computing at TU Darmstadt which he finished with a thesis on the detection of semantic uncertainty in scientific writing through a combination of transformer language models and conditional random fields. Besides this, Sebastian worked as a tutor, software developer and junior research assistant in various contexts and was active in academic self-government.
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Jane Yau joins the team

Jane Yau joins the team

June 1, 2021
Computational Psychometrics, Learning Analytics, Team
Starting 1st June 2021, Dr. Jane Yau joins the EduTec team as a Researcher in the HIKOF-DL project. This project combines the existing methods from two open-source software tools – personalisation of formative learning feedback with the OnTask tool (funded by the Australian Govt.) and transformation of generic tests into adaptive ones suiting to individual learner profiles with the KAT-HS tool (funded by BMBF, Germany) in order to form new technologies for improving teaching and learning in the university context. This new feedback system will be implemented and evaluated with students at the Goethe University in Frankfurt and further collaborations with industry partners will be developed, who are interested in the technologies for increasing the learning effectiveness and study success within their students’ courses. In Jane’s Masters thesis, she focused…
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Best Paper award @LAK21 – Quantum of Choice

Best Paper award @LAK21 – Quantum of Choice

April 16, 2021
Award, Conference, Empirical Study, Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Open access, Publication
Learning analytics dashboards (LADs) are designed as feedback tools for learners, but until recently, learners rarely have had a say in how LADs are designed and what information they receive through LADs. To overcome this shortcoming, we have developed a customisable LAD for Coursera MOOCs on which learners can set goals and choose indicators to monitor. Following a mixed-methods approach, we analyse 401 learners’ indicator selection behaviour in order to understand the decisions they make on the LAD and whether learner goals and self-regulated learning skills influence these decisions. We found that learners overwhelmingly chose indicators about completed activities. Goals are not associated with indicator selection behaviour, while help-seeking skills predict learners’ choice of monitoring their engagement in discussions and time management skills predict learners’ interest in procrastination indicators. The…
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New E+ project RAPIDE – Relevant assessment and pedagogies for inclusive digital education

New E+ project RAPIDE – Relevant assessment and pedagogies for inclusive digital education

March 10, 2021
Higher Education, Learning Analytics, Press, Project
The European strategic project in higher education titled RAPIDE- Relevant assessment and pedagogies for inclusive digital education starts on Monday, March 1st 2021. The project, coordinated by the Faculty of Organization and Informatics (FOI) of the University of Zagreb, is the 24-month project funded under the Erasmus + program of the European Commission in the total amount of 219,085 euros. The goal of this  project is to co-create, implement and share innovative pedagogies and aligned assessment for relevant and inclusive digital education in order to deal with the COVID-19 induced and similar crises and to support meaningful digital transformation of higher education in (post)COVID era. The kick-off meeting of the project team including the coordinator and project partners - School of Medicine of the University of Zagreb, University of Rijeka,…
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KI@Schule – Virtueller Expert*innen-Workshop

KI@Schule – Virtueller Expert*innen-Workshop

February 25, 2021
Artificial Intelligence, Learning Analytics, Project, School, Workshop
Prof. Dr. Hendrik Drachsler wurde von der Deutschen Telekom-Stiftung mit 15 weiteren Expert*innen zum virtuellen Workshop „KI@Schule – Zwischen Wunsch und Wahrscheinlichkeit“ am 25. Februar 2021 eingeladen, um die Befunde der Trend- und Zukunftsstudie „Künstliche Intelligenz in der schulischen Bildung“ zu diskutieren. Prof. Dr Hendrik Drachsler and 15 other experts were invited by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation to the virtual workshop "KI@Schule - Zwischen Wunsch und Wahrscheinlichkeit" on 25 February 2021 to discuss the findings of the trend and future study "Künstliche Intelligenz in der schulischen Bildung".
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Nina Seidenberg joins the team

Nina Seidenberg joins the team

February 11, 2021
Learning Analytics, Team
Starting January 1st 2021 Nina Seidenberg joins the EduTech team. She has a part time position at the DIPF and is also working for studiumdigitale (Goethe University). She was one of the organizing chairs of the 10th international Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference, one of the very first conferences that was moved to the virtual space in spring 2020.Her research focuses on the management and design of virtual conferences.
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