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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
Digitalisation, 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
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
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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Meine KI-Forschung hilft dabei, produktive Lernverläufe zu identifizieren und Kompetenzen zu verbessern

Meine KI-Forschung hilft dabei, produktive Lernverläufe zu identifizieren und Kompetenzen zu verbessern

May 29, 2021
Press
[This article appeared on bildungsserver.de and it was written by Christine Schumann for Deutscher Bildungsserver] Wie bei digitalen Lerneinheiten entstehende Daten für personalisiertes Feedback genutzt werden können. FRAGEN AN Daniele Di Mitri, der im April 2021 in der Kategorie Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften zum AI-Newcomer des Jahres gewählt wurde. Am DIPF | Leibniz-Institut baut er gerade eine Forschungsgruppe zum Thema Künstliche Intelligenz auf, um verantwortungsvolle KI-Systeme für die Bildung zu entwickeln. Zurzeit konzentrieren sich seine Arbeiten auf praktische Lernaufgaben – und nicht auf allgemeine Lernsituationen im Klassenzimmer. Herr Di Mitri, sind Sie stolz auf Ihre Auszeichnung als „AI Newcomer“ des Jahres 2021? Ja, ich bin begeistert, dass ich im Rahmen des KI-Camps zum „AI Newcomer of 2021“ gewählt wurde. Das KI-Camp ist das nationale Event in Deutschland zur Künstlichen Intelligenz, das das Bundesministerium für…
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Interview for Hessischer Rundfunk

Interview for Hessischer Rundfunk

May 20, 2021
Press
Dr. Draniele Di Mitri was interviewed (in German) by Hessischer Rundfunk by Alexander Schmitt. The theme of the episode was: Artificial intelligence is penetrating deeper and deeper into our lives: we talk to computers, rely on their search results and will soon be driven by robot cars. The revolution is just beginning. What are young research talents in Hesse working on? [audio mp3="https://edutec.science/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/hr-info_wirtschaft_20210512_87919984-AudioTrimmer.com_.mp3"][/audio] Listen to the entire episode  Below the answer to the questions translated into English: *** You are interested in education and in technology - is it related to your parents? Yes, I believe I inherited my two main passions from my parents. My father was a first-generation software engineer and my mother was a teacher. In my teenage years, my father showed me how to create a…
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New Pub: Towards Automatic Collaboration Analytics for Group Speech Data Using Multimodal Learning Analytics

New Pub: Towards Automatic Collaboration Analytics for Group Speech Data Using Multimodal Learning Analytics

May 3, 2021
open access, Publication
Collaboration is an important 21st Century skill. Co-located (or face-to-face) collaboration (CC) analytics gained momentum with the advent of sensor technology. Most of these works have used the audio modality to detect the quality of CC. The CC quality can be detected from simple indicators of collaboration such as total speaking time or complex indicators like synchrony in the rise and fall of the average pitch. Most studies in the past focused on “how group members talk” (i.e., spectral, temporal features of audio like pitch) and not “what they talk”. The “what” of the conversations is more overt contrary to the “how” of the conversations. Very few studies studied “what” group members talk about, and these studies were lab based showing a representative overview of specific words as topic clusters…
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Dr Daniele Di Mitri elected AI Newcomer 2021

Dr Daniele Di Mitri elected AI Newcomer 2021

April 27, 2021
Award
Dr. Daniele Di Mitri is the AI Newcomer 2021 of the category Humanities and Social Sciences at the KI Camp 2021 organised by the German Informatics Society and the German Federal Ministry of Education. His research is oriented towards the question: how can we best interface artificial intelligence applications with humans to ultimately support human learning, support their goal achievement and boost human productivity? "The only function for which is AI is currently used in higher education is plagiarism check. There is a lot more that AI can do for education. I can imagine realistic application scenario both at primary school, with intelligent tutors via playful interfaces can engage students both individually and in group in learning concepts as geometry, geography, algebra, history, physics." - Daniele Di Mitri, PhD Here the name…
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Best Paper award @LAK21 – Quantum of Choice

Best Paper award @LAK21 – Quantum of Choice

April 16, 2021
Award, Conference, 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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Joshua Weidlich joins the team

Joshua Weidlich joins the team

April 6, 2021
Team
Starting April 2021, Joshua Weidlich joins the team as PostDoctoral researcher. He completed his PhD on social presence in online learning environments at the FernUniversität in Hagen in February 2021. He holds a Master's Degree in E-Learning and Media Education from Heidelberg University of Education as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Educational Science from Chemnitz University of Technology. See profile page for more information.
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