May 12, 2020
Award, Conference, Publication

At the end of April the EDUCON2020 – IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference took place. The Educational Technologies team managed to contribute with a full research paper and a short paper. The full research by George Ciordas-Hertel has the title: “Which Strategies are Used in the Design of Technical LA Infrastructure?: A Qualitative Interview Study”. This paper was awarded as best paper the area “Infrastructure and Technologies for Engineering Education”. Here an abstract of the paper:

In order to obtain a holistic perspective on learning, technical infrastructure at an institutional level can be advantageous for Learning Analytics (LA). If personal data is collected and processed in such infrastructure, legal requirements are of crucial importance. Recent studies have examined various aspects of LA infrastructure, such as ethical trade-offs and stakeholder needs. However, strategies for designing technical LA infrastructure at the institutional level and strategies for dealing with data protection regulations have been lacking so far, although they are crucial for the adoption of LA in Europe. The purpose of this paper is to examine three research questions:
– (RQ1) which strategies are currently used to design LA infrastructure;
– (RQ2) how data protection and privacy affect the design of LA infrastructure; and
– (RQ3) how could technical measures support the adoption of LA.

These research questions were investigated by conducting eleven interviews with LA infrastructure developers representing eight different higher education institutions and ten different infrastructures. According to RQ1, the paper first examines the domain specificity of LA infrastructure and the four design strategies used. The paper also examines, according to RQ2, the interviewees’ awareness of data protection, the conflict with users’ consent, and the data subject rights. Finally, the paper presents, in line with RQ3, the results of the strategies in dealing with trust, stakeholder expectations, and engagement. Researchers and infrastructure developers can use and adopt these findings to improve their strategies for developing technical LA infrastructure with regard to data protection, privacy, and trust.


The short paper by Daniel Biedermann has the title: “Associative Media Learning Using Smartwatches”. The manuscripts will be published to IEEE Xplore. We will notify you when the DOIs are officially available.

The conference would have taken place in Porto, Portugual (source: http://www.educon-conference.org).