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[publication] Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach #LearningAnalytics #iderblog

Our publication about „Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach“ has been published in the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning.

Abstract:

Purpose
Due to the important role of orthography in society, the project called IDeRBlog presented in this paper created a web-based tool to motivate pupils to write text as well as to read and to comment on texts written by fellow students. In addition, IDeRBlog aims to improve student’s German orthography skills and supports teachers and parents with training materials for their students. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach
With the aid of learning analytics, the submitted text is analyzed and special feedback is given to the students so that they can try to correct the misspelled words themselves. The teachers as well as the parents are benefiting from the analysis and exercises suggested by the system.

Findings
A recent study showed the efficiency of the system in form of an improvement of the students’ orthographic skills. Over a period of four months 70 percent of the students achieved a significant reduction of their spelling mistakes.

Originality/value
IDeRBlog is an innovative approach to improving orthography skills combining blogging and new media with writing and practice.

[Article @ Journal’s Website]

[Article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Nina Steinhauer, Michael Gros, Martin Ebner, Markus Ebner, Anneliese Huppertz, Mike Cormann, Susanne Biermeier, Lena Burk, Konstanze Edtstadler, Sonja Gabriel, Martina Wintschnig, Christian Aspalter, Susanne Martich, (2017) Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach, Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning, Vol. 10 Issue: 2, pp.143-159, https://doi.org/10.1108/JRIT-07-2017-0013

[presentation] German Language Training Apps for Primary School Children #tugraz

Alexander Schwaiger defended successfully his master thesis about an innovative app for the IdERblog project. Find here his slides:

[publication] Lernen unter der Lupe – Wie „Learning Analytics“ individuelles Lernen unterstützt #LearningAnalytics

Im neuen Computer + Unterricht Heft wurden wir gebeten einen kurzen Beitrag zur unseren Learning-Analytics-Aktivitäten beizusteuern. Der Beitrag ist nun erschienen und berichtet kurz über die Möglichkeiten die wir in dieser Entwicklung sehen.

Zusammenfassung:

Learning Analytics ist die Möglichkeit aus gesammelten Daten durch entsprechende Analyseverfahren neue Erkenntnisse für die pädagogische Praxis zu erhalten. In diesem Beitrag soll eine kurze Einführung gegeben werden, sowie anhand von zwei konkreten Beispielen gezeigt werden wir man es für den Schulalltag nutzen kann.

[Vorabzug @ ResearchGate]

Referenz: Ebner, M. & Ebner, M. (2018) Lernen unter der Lupe – Wie „Learning Analytics“ individuelles Lernen unterstützt. Computer + Unterricht Nr. 110/2018, S. 11-12

[publication] Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies #LearningAnalytics #STELA

Our publication about „Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.

Abstract:

This papers focuses on the use of learning dashboards in higher education to foster self-regulated learning and open education. Students in higher education have to evolve to independent and lifelong learners. Actionable feedback during learning that evokes critical self-reflection, helps to set learning goals, and strengthens self-regulation will be supportive in the process. Therefore, this paper presents three case studies of learning analytics in higher education and the experiences in transferring them from one higher education institute than the other. The learning dashboard from the three case studies is based on two common underlying principles. First, they focus on the inherent scalability and transferability of the dashboard: both considering the underlying data and the technology involved. Second, the dashboard use as underlying theoretical principles Actionable Feedback and the Social Comparison Theory. The learning dashboards from the case studies are not considered as the contribution of this paper, as they have been presented elsewhere. This paper however describes the three learning dashboards using the general framework of Greller and Drachsler (2012) to enhance understanding and comparability. For each of the case study, the actual experiences of transferability obtained within a European collaboration project (STELA, 2017) are reported. This transferability and scalability is the first-step of creating truly effective Open Educational Resources from the Learning Analtyics Feedback dashboards. The paper discusses how this collaboration impacted and transformed the institutes involved and beyond. The use of open education technology versus proprietary solutions is described, discussed, and translated in recommendations. As such the research work provides insight on how learning analytics resources could be transformed into open educational resources, freely usable in other higher education institutes.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: De Laet, T., Broos, T., van Staalduinen, J.-P., Ebner, M., Leitner, P. (2018)Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies. In: Conference Proceeding Open Educational Global Conference 2018. p. 14. Delft, Netherlands

[publication] Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice #iderblog #oer #learninganalytics

Our publication about „Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.

Abstract:

The article depicts the blogging platform IDeRBlog as an example of an Open Educational Resources Practice. The exercise databases of IDeRBlog are focussed in the context of orthography training. After briefly outlining Open Educational Resources an overview on how the exercises were researched and reviewed according to an established quality framework is given. This is followed by the Analysis of missing exercises and the creation of IDeRBlog exercises by the project team.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: Gros, M., Aspalter, C., Ebner, M., Ebner, M., Steinhauer, N., Adolph, H., Ankner, L., Biermeier, S., Cormann, M., Edtstadler, K., Ernst, S., Gabriel, S., Goor, G., Huppertz, A., Irmag, K., Leitner, P., Martich, S., Taraghi, B., Ullmann, M. & Wintschnig, M. (2018) Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice. In: Open Education Global Conference 2018: OEGlobal2018. Van Valkenburg, W. & Schuwer, R. (Hrsg.). Delft University of Technology, 5 S.

Special Issue: Learning analytics in primary, secondary and higher education #LearningAnalytics

Our special issue on „Learning analytics in primary, secondary and higher education“ got published in the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning. And the good news are, that all chapter are available via Open Access. Therfore enjoy reading 🙂

Table of Contents:

  • Small data as a conversation starter for learning analytics: Exam results dashboard for first-year students in higher education
  • Evaluating emotion visualizations using AffectVis, an affect-aware dashboard for students
  • Entrepreneurship students distilled their learning experience through reflective learning log
  • Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach
  • On predicting academic performance with process mining in learning analytics

[Articles @ Journal’s Website]

[publication] 1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition

Our publication about „1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition“ got published in the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM). We described our successful app, which has been firstly announced already here.

Abstract:

Nowadays, computers and mobile devices play a huge role in our daily routines; they are used at work, for private purposes and even at school. Moreover, they are used as support for different kinds of activities and task, like for example, learning applications. The interaction of these applications with a computer is based on predefined input methods, whereas a touchscreen facilitates direct input via handwriting by using a finger or a pen. This paper deals with the invention of a mobile learning application, which is supposed to facilitate children’s learning of simple multiplication. The aim of this paper is to collect the data of children’ experiences using interactive handwriting on mobile devices. In order to gain this data, a school class of the school “Graz-Hirten” was tested and afterwards for evaluational purposes interviewed. The results of these usability tests have shown that children perceived handwriting via finger on screen as quite positive.

[Full text @ ResearchGate]

[Full text @ iJIM]

Reference: Rabko, M., Ebner, M. (2018) 1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition. International Journal of Mobile Technologies (iJIM). 12/2. pp. 69-79. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijim.v12i2.7714

[publication] Lessons Learned when transferring Learning Analytics Interventions across Institutions #lak18 #research

Our publication at this year LAK18-conference about „Lessons Learned when transferring Learning Analytics Interventions across Institutions“ is now online available.

Abstract:

Learning Analytics is a promising research field, which is advancing quickly. Therefore, it finally impacts research, practice, policy, and decision making in the field of education. Nonetheless, there are still influencing obstacles when establishing Learning Analytics initiatives on higher education level. Besides the much discussed ethical and moral concerns, there is also the matter of data privacy. In 2015, the European collaboration project STELA started with the main goal to enhance the Successful Transition from secondary to higher Education by means of Learning Analytics. Together, the partner universities develop, test, and assess Learning Analytics approaches that focus on providing feedback to students. Some promising approaches are then shared between the partner universities. Therefore, the transferability of the Learning Analytics initiatives is of great significance. During the duration of our project, we found a variety of difficulties, we had to overcome to transfer one of those Learning Analytics initiatives, the Learning Tracker from one partner to the other. Despite, some of the difficulties can be categorized as small, all of them needed our attention and were time consuming. In this paper, we present the lessons learned while solving these obstacles.

[Full paper @ LAK 2018]

Reference: Leitner, P., Broos, T. & Ebner, M. (2018) Lessons Learned when transferring Learning Analytics Interventions across Institutions. In: Companion Proceedings 8th International Conference on Learning Analytcis & Knowledge. Sydney. pp. 621-629

[publication] Involving Stakeholders in Learning Analytics: Opportunity or Threat for Learning Analytics at Scale?

Our workshop publication at this year LAK18-conference about „Involving Stakeholders in Learning Analytics: Opportunity or Threat for Learning Analytics at Scale?“ is now online available.

Abstract:

This article introduces the goal and activities of the LAK 2018 half-day workshop on the involvement of stakeholders for achieving learning analytics at scale. The goal of the half-day workshop is to gather different stakeholders to discuss at-scale learning analytics interventions. In particular the workshop focuses on learning analytics applications and learning dashboards that go beyond the implementation in a single course or context, but that have at least the potential for scaling across different courses, programs, and institutes. The main theme of the workshop is to explore how the involvement of different stakeholders can strengthen or hinder learning analytics at scale. The key findings, recommendations, and conclusions of the workshop will be presented in a summarizing report, which will be shaped as a SWOT analysis for stakeholder involvement for achieving learning analytics at scale.

[Full paper @ LAK 2018]

Reference: De Laet, T., Broos, T., Verbert, K., van Staalduinen, J.-P., Ebner, M. & Leitner, P. (2018) Involving Stakeholders in Learning Analytics: Opportunity or Threat for Learning Analytics at Scale? Workshop. In: Companion Proceedings 8th International Conference on Learning Analytcis & Knowledge. Sydney. pp. 602-606

[publication] Learning Analytics an Schulen – Hintergrund und Beispiele #LearningAnalytics

Unser Artikel zu „Learning Analytics an Schulen – Hintergrund und Beispiele“ im Rahmen der medienimpulse 1/2018 Ausgabe ist nun online zugänglich.

Zusammenfassung:

Der Einsatz von digitalen Technologien im Alltag der Jugend ist selbstverständlich geworden. Die Schülerinnen und Schüler haben die Möglichkeit mit Hilfe von Geräten wie Computern, Tablets und Smartphones Zugang zu Informationen, Kursmaterialien und Übungen zu erhalten. Die dadurch gewonnenen Daten haben das Potential die Art und Weise wie wir Lehren und Lernen tiefgreifend zu verändern. In diesem Beitrag sollen die Möglichkeiten und die Entwicklung von Learning Analytics im Bildungswesen näher betrachtet und die Rolle der Lehrenden und Lernenden beleuchtet werden. Es wird ein Ausschnitt von am Markt befindlichen Werkzeugen geboten und anhand von ausgewählten Beispielen und Fallstudien der Mehrwert des Einsatzes aufgezeigt und diskutiert. Abschließend werden Datenschutzfragen und Potenziale für die Zukunft besprochen.

[Link zum Beitrag]

Zitation: Ebner, Markus, Ebner, Martin (2018) Learning Analytics an Schulen – Hintergrund und Beispiele. medienimpulse 1/2018. S. 16