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The means to a blend: A practical model for the redesign of face-to-face education to blended learning

The means to a blend: A practical model for the redesign of face-to-face education to blended learning

Project, Publication — September 9, 2019
Learning design models provide guidelines and guidance for educators and course designers in the production and delivery of educational products. It is seen as beneficial to base learning designs on general learning theories, but these must be operationalised into concrete learning design solutions. We, therefore, present one such educational design model: the Design Cycle for Education (DC4E). The model has primarily been created to support the shift from traditional face-to-face education to blended learning scenarios. The cycle describes eight steps that can be used iteratively in the (re)design of educational products and provides educators and course designers with a flexible but clearly structured design model that enables them to reinvent traditional course content for blended learning with appropriate learning design tools. Scheffel, M., van Limbeek, E., Joppe, D., van Hooijdonk,…
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Policy matters: Expert recommendations for learning analytics policy

Policy matters: Expert recommendations for learning analytics policy

Conference, open access, Publication — September 9, 2019
Interest in learning analytics (LA) has grown rapidly among higher education institutions (HEIs). However, the maturity levels of HEIs in terms of being ‘student data-informed’ are only at early stages. There often are barriers that prevent data from being used systematically and effectively. To assist higher education institutions to become more mature users and custodians of digital data collected from students during their online learning activities, the SHEILA framework, a policy development framework that supports systematic, sustainable and responsible adoption of LA at an institutional level, was recently built. This paper presents a mix-method study using a group concept mapping (GCM) approach that was conducted with LA experts to explore essential features of LA policy in HEI in contribution the development of the framework. The study identified six clusters of…
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Dancing salsa with machines– filling the gap of dancing learning solutions

Dancing salsa with machines– filling the gap of dancing learning solutions

open access, Publication — August 23, 2019
Dancing is an activity that positively enhances the mood of people that consists of feeling the music and expressing it in rhythmic movements with the body. Learning how to dance can be challenging because it requires proper coordination and understanding of rhythm and beat. In this paper, we present the first implementation of the Dancing Coach (DC), a generic system designed to support the practice of dancing steps, which in its current state supports the practice of basic salsa dancing steps. However, the DC has been designed to allow the addition of more dance styles. We also present the first user evaluation of the DC, which consists of user tests with 25 participants. Results from the user test show that participants stated they had learned the basic salsa dancing steps,…
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Beyond Reality – Extending a Presentation Trainer with an Immersive VR Module

Beyond Reality – Extending a Presentation Trainer with an Immersive VR Module

open access, Publication — August 7, 2019
Schneider, J., Romano, G., & Drachsler, H. (2019). Beyond Reality—Extending a Presentation Trainer with an Immersive VR Module. Sensors, 19(16), 3457. The development of multimodal sensor-based applications designed to support learners with the improvement of their skills is expensive since most of these applications are tailor-made and built from scratch. In this paper, we show how the Presentation Trainer (PT), a multimodal sensor-based application designed to support the development of public speaking skills, can be modularly extended with a Virtual Reality real-time feedback module (VR module), which makes usage of the PT more immersive and comprehensive. The described study consists of a formative evaluation and has two main objectives. Firstly, a technical objective is concerned with the feasibility of extending the PT with an immersive VR Module. Secondly, a user experience objective focuses…
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Detecting Mistakes in CPR Training with Multimodal Data and Neural Networks

Detecting Mistakes in CPR Training with Multimodal Data and Neural Networks

open access, Publication — July 13, 2019
This study investigated to what extent multimodal data can be used to detect mistakes during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training. We complemented the Laerdal QCPR ResusciAnne manikin with the Multimodal Tutor for CPR, a multi-sensor system consisting of a Microsoft Kinect for tracking body position and a Myo armband for collecting electromyogram information. We collected multimodal data from 11 medical students, each of them performing two sessions of two-minute chest compressions (CCs). We gathered in total 5254 CCs that were all labelled according to five performance indicators, corresponding to common CPR training mistakes. Three out of five indicators, CC rate, CC depth and CC release, were assessed automatically by the ReusciAnne manikin. The remaining two, related to arms and body position, were annotated manually by the research team. We trained five…
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Workshop Trusted Learning Analytics

Workshop Trusted Learning Analytics

Workshop — July 1, 2019
Im Rahmen des hessischen Projekts Digital gestütztes Lehren und Lernen in Hessen (digLL) hat das Innovationsforum Trusted Learning Analytics (TLA) am 1. Juli 2019 einen Workshop im Hause des DIPF | Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation durchgeführt. Elf Teilnehmer aus sechs hessischen Hochschulen und der zentralen digLL-Servicestelle haben intensiv über Möglichkeiten und Hindernisse einer Einführung von Learning Analytics an hessischen Hochschulen diskutiert. Schnell ist deutlich geworden, dass sowohl bei Lehrenden als auch bei Lernenden ein großes Interesse an den Möglichkeiten von Learning Analytics besteht, die Vorbehalte gegenüber einer breiten Datensammlung und -auswertung aber mindestens genauso groß sind. Dementsprechend ist die Einstellung der Datenschutzbeauftragten der Hochschulen gegenüber solcher Vorhaben sehr zurückhaltend bis ablehnend. Da die Teilnehmer des Workshops diese Einstellung teilen, wurde besprochen, wie datenschutzgerechtes und somit eine Trusted Form von Learning Analytics gestaltet werden…
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DIPF & CEL Innovation Room #13: Learning Analytics in Higher Education

DIPF & CEL Innovation Room #13: Learning Analytics in Higher Education

Keynote, Workshop — April 8, 2019
On 8 April we contributed to the CEL 13th Innovation Room on Learning Analytics; an afternoon focusing on the topic of Learning Analytics. Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht, head of CEL, TU Delft kicked off the innovation room with a welcome and overview of the programme. Hendrik Drachsler, Professor of Educational Technologies and Learning Analytics, followed with a keynote on Tangible Trusted Learning Analytics. Interactive workshops followed the keynote. Participants could choose one workshop out of four, all exploring a different side of Learning Analytics. After thr coffee break the afternoon was wrapped up with a panel discussion about the Future of Learning Analytics. Marcus Specht moderated this interesting discussion with Claudia Hauff (Associate Prof., EEMCS TU Delft), Tinne de Laet (Associate Prof., Engineering Science KU Leuven), Heather Hamilton (Brightspace), Willem van…
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SCRUM Workshop 5

Workshop — April 1, 2019
In April, the ET team held workshops on the SCRUM method at the Fürstenbergerschule in Frankfurt and at the AGORA Reform School in Roermond, the Netherlands. SCRUM is a process model for project and product management, especially for agile software development.
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New team member

New team member

Team — March 31, 2019
Dr. Oliver Schneider joined us in the project Innovationsforum Trusted Learning Analytics funded by the DigLL project. Before he had a chair on Multimedia-Technologie, at the University of applied science in Darmstadt, Germany. His main subjects are: Multimediatechnics Web-Applikationen Social Media and Learning Management Systeme
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