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Learning Analytics and Learning Process Management for Small Size Organizations in Higher Education
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Learning Analytics (LA) as a key aspect of Learning Process Management (LPM) supports the measurement, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs (statement on Learning Analytics and Knowledge from the 1st International Conference from 2011). LA focus on learning and teaching activities in digital supported learning environments such as Learning Management Systems (LMS). It enables both, learners and teachers to receive feedback and status reports the own learning / teaching track and therefore enables to put quality aspects into learning and teaching processes, emphasizing self evaluation on individual learning / teaching tracks. Hence, teaching and training will become much more transparent, this enables access on collected data and information for identifying individual key performance indicators for these processes. The main objectives of this project "Learning Analytics 4s" are to integrate already carried out experiences in the research topic LA and LPM, in combination with aspects of Learning Semantics (LS) and transfer innovations of these fields into the area of small size Higher Education institutions like the University of Liechtenstein. Development and implementation of LA is strongly needed, because it enables to implement quality measurement in teaching and learning on top. A number of European initiatives, such as the Digital Agenda 2020 and the eSkills initiatives, show the need for this project, and it directly addresses a number of ERASMUS+ priorities, for example, enhancing digital integration in learning, teaching, training, and youth work at various levels, supporting the implementation of reforms in line with the 2011 EU Modernisation Agenda's priority areas, and supporting the implementation of the 2013 Communication on Opening Up Education, just to name a few. The project brings together leading LA research institutions and leverages their potential to boost executive education in an area that is highly important for the European economy and society. Partners include the University of Liechtenstein (Professor Dr. Jan vom Brocke), the Technische Universität Graz (Dr. Michael Kickmeyer-Rust), the Open Universiteit Nederland (Ass. Professor Dr. Hendrik Drachsler), the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover with its research center L3s (Dr. Stefan Dietze), and the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (Professor Dr. Albrecht Fortenbacher). The project will produce five intellectual outputs in five transnational meetings, in virtual meetings and supported by ICT collaborative tools the consortium, that will be ready to use for educational institutions throughout Europe, including a platform prototype for testing and implementing LA-tools and prototypes, a literature review on current research results in LA/LS/LPM, a report with recommendations, about ethical issues, privacy and data protection considerations for LA in LPM, a framework for identifying learning paths covering key performance indicators and published in a case study, and a prototype of a LA toolbox ready to use for small size Higher Education institutions. These outputs go far beyond existing results because they integrate world-leading up-to-date research results and they are tailor made for the needs of EU Higher Education institutions using innovative virtual and blended learning scenarios. The consortium members contribute profound LA expertise they have gathered through past years research. The project will consolidate this knowledge by workshops and creativity techniques. The involvement of over 100 target users through interviews and co-creation techniques will facilitate shaping the outputs towards the specific needs of LA. All participants have profound experience in managing and conducting large-scale research projects on the European level, and professional project management will further contribute to project success.
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