Workshop – Designing Learning Analytics to Improve Lifelong? Learning

Workshop – Designing Learning Analytics to Improve Lifelong? Learning

Event, Learning Analytics, Learning Design, Lifelong Learning, Project, Report, Summer School, Workshop
Abstract: Learning Analytics (LA) has become a very heterogeneous research field due to the diversity in the data generated by the Learning Management Systems (LMS) as well as the researchers in a variety of disciplines, who analyze this data from a range of perspectives. In this workshop, we will present a LA tool called Open Learning Analytics Indicator Repository (OpenLAIR). OpenLAIR helps course designers, teachers, students and educational researchers to make informed decisions about the selection of learning activities and LA indicators for their course design or LA dashboard. The aim of this workshop is to allow users to interact with OpenLAIR and allow them to design a LA dashboard for a lifelong learning portal. During the workshop, participants will help with the design and evaluation of the OpenLAIR visual…
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Nationale Bildung Plattform (NBP) Brainstorm Meeting

Nationale Bildung Plattform (NBP) Brainstorm Meeting

Further Education, General education, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Project, School, Workshop
Today, representatives from BMBF, DIPF, studiumdigitale and Open University NL discussed the potentials and challenges of the Nationale Bildung Platform (NBP) initiative by BMBF. The BMBF is following a fresh and new approach to making the NBP actually become a sustainable platform.  This was great to see and is a very promising approach for digital education in Germany. We first got a presentation of the KOMZERT project that works on the use case for the NBP.  KOMZERT aims to develop a virtualized training program for teachers that enables them to acquire methodological knowledge and digital skills in order to design their own teaching/learning scenarios in such a way that the potential of innovative educational technologies can be exploited. The teachers learn methods and tools that are used during the qualification…
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KickOff: KomZert Projekt – Lehren in einer digitalen Welt – Kompetenzen entwickeln, überprüfen und zertifizieren

KickOff: KomZert Projekt – Lehren in einer digitalen Welt – Kompetenzen entwickeln, überprüfen und zertifizieren

Further Education, General education, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Project
Unter der Leitung von studiumdigitale tragen wir im folgende Projekt zur Nationalen Bildung Platform (Gaia X) bei. Ziel des Projekts ist die Entwicklung eines virtualisierten Qualifizierungsangebotes für Lehrende, mit dem sie Methodenwissen und digitale Kompetenzen erwerben können, um eigene Lehr-/Lernszenarien so zu gestalten, dass Potenziale innovativer Bildungstechnologien zum Tragen kommen. Die Lehrenden lernen dabei Methoden und Tools kennen, die während der Qualifizierung zum Einsatz kommen (didaktischer Doppeldecker) und mit denen sie innovative Lehre umsetzen können. Das Qualifizierungsangebot wird kompatibel mit der nationalen Bildungsplattform umgesetzt. Somit lässt sich das gesamte Angebot durch standardisierte Metadaten auffinden und verknüpfen, erworbene Kompetenzen feingranular zertifizieren und zu einem Kompetenzprofil in Form eines persönlichen Data-Wallets auf der Meta-Bildungsplattform zusammenstellen. Als hochschulübergreifend organisiertes Verbundprojekt werden bestehende Netzwerke und die Expertise im Aufbau hochschulischer Qualifizierung und Infrastruktur (u.a.…
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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

General education, Journal, Learning Analytics, Lifelong Learning, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Open access, Project, Publication, Research topic, Target group, Technical paper
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

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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New Pub: Analysis of the “D’oh!” moments.

New Pub: Analysis of the “D’oh!” moments.

Artificial Intelligence, Conference, Conference, Further Education, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Publication
“Soul and body, I suggest reacting sympathetically upon each other. A change in the state of the soul produces a change in the shape of the body and conversely, a change in the shape of the body produces a change in the state of the soul.” To test this hypothesis proposed by Aristotle, our bachelor student Tetiana Buraha investigated the physiology of students performing task-switching exercises. The physiological data were collected using an Empatica E4 band. The performances of the students were compared against the physiological data using descriptive statistics and machine learning techniques. The analysis of Tetiana enabled the identification of interesting correlations between galvanic skin response and performance, and models to predict performance based on the physiological data. Results of her excellent thesis were published and presented at…
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New Pub: Get your Back Straight!

New Pub: Get your Back Straight!

Conference, Conference, Game, Lifelong Learning, Multimodal Learning Analytics, Publication
“Mens sana in corpore sano” is a phrase that we all have heard multiple times in our life. We know all the positive effects of Sports and Exercise. However, let’s face it! Physical activity is not always fun and when doing it incorrectly without any guidance or feedback it is difficult to see improvements or even worse, we can face the risk of injury. To address these issues Anna Meik for her bachelor thesis developed the Pilates correction App. An application designed to support the practice of the “Kneeling Arm and Leg Reach” Pilates exercise in a gamified way, where the user helps a virtual rocket to reach high scores through the stability of their lower backs. Meik, A., Schneider, J., & Schiffner, D. (2021). Get your back straight! Learn…
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New Pub: A short history, emerging challenges and co-operation structures for Artificial Intelligence in education

New Pub: A short history, emerging challenges and co-operation structures for Artificial Intelligence in education

Artificial Intelligence, Higher Education, Journal, Lifelong Learning, Publication, School
To accompany the special issue in Artificial Intelligence and Education, this article presents a short history of research in the field and summarises emerging challenges. We highlight key paradigm shifts that are becoming possible but also the need to pay attention to theory, implementation and pedagogy while adhering to ethical principles. We conclude by drawing attention to international co-operation structures in the field that can support the interdiscipniary perspectives and methods required to undertake research in the area. Reference: Mavrikis, M., Cukurova, M.,  Di Mitri, D., Schneider, J., & Drachsler, H. (2021). A short history, emerging challenges and co-operation structures for Artificial Intelligence in education. Bildung und Erziehung 2021 74:3, 249-263. https://doi.org/10.13109/buer.2021.74.3.249.
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QE Webinar series moderated by DIPF

QE Webinar series moderated by DIPF

Further Education, General education, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, School, Webinar
The monthly QE Webinar Series showcases emerging research and exciting new developments in Quantitative Ethnography. These one-hour events begin with a 30-minute presentation by scholars from the QE community, followed by 30 minutes of moderated discussion. Attendance is free and open to anyone who is interested! The DIPF is currently moderating a series of webinars of the Quantified Ethnography (QE) community as pre-events to the QE conference taking place in October. So far we have been discussing the following topics and the recording can be watched back: Putting the E in QE: How Quantitative Ethnography can Enrich Qualitative Analyses Yotam Hod University of Haifa QE Data ChallengeField Report: Reflecting on the benefits of multidisciplinary research teams Daniel Spikol University of Copenhagen, DK Barbara Wasson University of Bergen, Norway Stefano Schiavetto…
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