Ongoing Research Projects

LISAsince 2016

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LISA is a project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). In the project, we cooperate with HTW Berlin, the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien Tübingen and the companies SGM, Neocosmo and Promotion Software. We elicit requirements for sensor based learning analytics technologies from didactical, content-related, methodological, technical end ethical perspectives. Based on these, we design, implement and evaluate learning analytics methods for supporting self-directed learning in sensor based environments.

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Adaptive learning media for self-directed and collaborative learning in heterogeneous learning groupssince 2016

This BMBF funded project is conducted within the framework of the "Quality offensive teacher education". We will investigate to what extent digital media can be used to support inclusion in the classroom. More specifically, we will build an interdisciplinary educational model and a corresponding technical solution for supporting self-directed individual and small-group collaborative learning at school under the specific requirements of heterogeneous learning groups. The resulting adaptive media will be tested in several school subjects including Computer Science and History.

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Viva con Vivasince 2016

In the Viva con Viva project, we support the Viva con Agua der Sankt Pauli e.V. by conducting sociotechnical walkthrough workshops in order to elicit requirements for a system designed to facilitate the collaboration of the voluntary members of the organization.

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Researching the Buddhist cave paintings of the Kuča region on the Northern Silk Roadsince 2016

This project is the responsibility of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig and based at the Leipzig University. In this project, a team of researchers in Asian studies, art history and archeology will be exploring the murals of the Buddhist man-made caves in the Kuča region on the Northern Silk Road. Our role in the project is to design and implement a rich database information system to support the research. The information system will comprehend research results over the next 15 years but also integrate results from already existing sources (e.g. open accessible data at Museums, scientific literature databases, image databases, etc.). The information systems will provide suitable search interfaces for different use cases, providing both classic query systems and new ways to search and visualise information from the special context of the project.

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Lernen auf der Plattform. Inklusives eLearning als Weiterbildungsangebot für eingeschränkte Beschäftigtesince 2016

Im Jahr 2008 hat die Bundesregierung die UN-Behindertenrechtskonventionen ratifiziert und somit einen Paradigmenwechsel bezüglich der Einbindung von behinderten oder benachteiligten Menschen in der Gesellschaft angestoßen. Anstatt des Prinzips der Anpassung soll nun jeder Mensch, unabhängig der Ausgangslage, an der Gesellschaft teilhaben können (Inklusion). Mit unserem durch die Hans-Böckler-Stiftung geförderten Projekt möchten wir den Paradigmenwechsel der Inklusion in die Arbeitswelt transferieren, indem wir digitales Lernen für Personen jeglicher Ausgangslage ermöglichen. Das Vorhaben umfasst die Erarbeitung der theoretischen Grundlagen für eine inklusive eLearning-Plattform mit Schwerpunkt auf die berufliche Weiterbildung, die Realisierung eines entsprechenden Softwaresystems und dessen empirische Evaluierung im Rahmen eines Praxistests.

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DynaFITsince 2015

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The rapidly increasing availability of online educational resources and the recent attention gained by distance education methods such as massive open online courses (MOOCs) show the importance of intelligent tutoring systems (ITS) as adaptive educational technologies that can personalize e-Learning. Classical ITSs require an exact formalization of the learning task and learner-system interactions. Hence their applicability is typically limited to well-defined domains. In addition, their labor-intensive preparation restricts their use to static, large-scale applications where development costs do not play a significant role. Within the first period of the FIT project, we have developed a FIT ITS infrastructure which allows the construction of ITSs in ill-defined domains based on machine learning techniques. The goal of DynaFIT is to develop machine learning models which can generalize across different tasks and user behaviors and, based thereon, to enhance FIT ITSs via dynamic user-adaptive feedback and open learner models in ill-defined domains. In this project which is part of the DFG priority programme "Autonomous Learning", the CSES group cooperates with the research group of Prof. Dr. Barbara Hammer which is located at the Faculty of Technology at Bielefeld University.

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ProMINTionsince 2014

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The topic of the structured PhD programme "ProMINTion", funded by the Excellence Initiative, is on measurement processes and handling of data. These are part of the day-to-day scientific practice in the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Likewise, students in mathematics and natural sciences come intensely into contact with that same issue at school and university. Nevertheless, the topic has hitherto attracted little interest in both the field of subject-related pedagogical research as well as in the research field of university pedagogy. "ProMINTion" PhD students benefit from theoretical and methodological courses offered by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research and the Humboldt Graduate School. Furthermore, "ProMINTion" reconciles the specific sciences and the subject-specific pedagogies not only in terms of teaching but in terms of research. It involves Adlershof’s technology centres as prospective employers of future generations of students in current developments in the field of teacher education. "ProMINTion" thereby contributes to the competitiveness of the Adlershof Technology Park by promoting future scientists in the STEM disciplines.

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eCultsince 2011

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eCult (eCompetence and Utlilities for Learners and Teachers) is a large-scale project in Lower Saxony, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its aim is to improve the conditions for studying and the quality of teaching. Eleven universities and two other partners are taking part in this project; they will exchange local experiences and develop new approaches together. The eCult project is subdivided into three thematic areas: eAssessment, teaching and learning organisation, and video-based teaching and learning. While our research group is not "officially" member of this project anymore, we are still associated to the network and we are active in the area of eAssessment and focus on supporting programming education.

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