|Research field||Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS)|
|Funding||EU FP7 ICT SA|
Future gazing Technology Enhanced Learning - The Roadmap for the unknown Learning Landscape - EU FP7 ICT SA
This project focuses on ‘exploratory/Roadmapping activities for fundamentally new forms of learning’ to support take-up of those new forms, via ‘Awareness building and knowledge management on the results of EU RTD projects in TEL’ and ‘socio-economic evaluations in education and for SMEs’. We gather information on the current, desired and emerging position of TEL, and on awareness and appropriation (by educators and SMEs) of RTD results in TEL. We codify that information using state of the art knowledge management tools/ methods, at three levels of scale:
- Macro (political, economic, social, technological, legal,
- Meso (organisation of education and training systems and institutions), and
- Micro (enacted
paradigms of learning and teaching).
Cutting across these levels of scale is the categorisation of changes as exogenous or endogenous relative to forms of learning and to the TEL community. This provides direct input to TEL-relevant decisions at all three levels, including economic, political, and research discussions. With a 10-year horizon, we co-develop a portfolio of stakeholder-specific roadmaps and influence maps, to gain insights into fundamentally new forms of Learning, Education and Training activities (LET) and into what makes for effective transfer and scalability. Our collaborative development approach leads to a Multi-perspective Dynamic Roadmap to track, anticipate and manage knowledge about new forms of LET and their impact on TEL. This extends established TEL Roadmapping methods in novel, powerful and cost-effective ways, with high potential for sustainability and for targeting each stakeholder’s goals. Outcomes include well-grounded recommendations on TEL and LET innovations, plus a platform and a sustainable dynamic process that will foster collaboration and consensus-building across specialized communities and stakeholder groups.
First Year Achievements by the ACIS Group
In the first year of the project (October 2010 - September 2011), our ACIS Group has produced several key contributions to the project. We hosted and developed services for the project’s service portal for the European Commission at http://www.learningfrontiers.eu. We extended the Mediabase, which was established by i5 in the FP6 project PROLEARN, with new information on collaboration networks in EU funded projects, as well as with publications related to TEL, thus supporting TEL-MAP in achieving its mapping and roadmapping objectives.
We were able to achieve synergies within i5 by
- adopting and adapting cutting-edge widget developments from the ROLE project and by
- adopting the established academic event recommender system (AERCS) developed at i5.
In 2011, we have represented and disseminated TEL-Map results in several project deliverables, at IEEE ICALT in Georgia, US (see the slides of the plenary address below), as well as at ADVTEL and EC-TEL in Palermo, Italy.
Second Year Achievements by the ACIS Group
- We conceived, developed, deployed, and evaluated an embeddable dashboard for supporting roadmapping activities by providing flexible and personalized visualizations of data indexed in Mediabase: this "Learning Frontiers Dashboard" is available to the public on the learningfrontiers.eu portal. Along with the dashboard, we provided Mediabase queries and visualizations for all Mediabase data sources, addressing different stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, observers, authors). The results of this effort were published at I-KNOW 2012.
- Extension of the AERCS system as part of Mediabase with a conference and journal series analysis tool, as well as a series comparison tool. These tools enable stakeholders to view, analyze, compare, and benchmark the development and status of conference and journal author communities based on social network measures. The AERCS database was also updated in 2012 with data from DBLP and CiteSeerX. We now have close to 1.95 million bibliographic records of published papers and books in the database (+30% compared to Year 1), published in more than 4,400 conference series and journals by 1.13 million authors.
- We extended Mediabase TEL blog index together with TEL-Map partner CETIS at University of Bolton. At the end of Y1, we had 802 blogs indexed in Mediabase, of which 163 blogs were manually tagged to be genuine TEL blogs; by end of Y2 we have 1,200 blogs total, with all added blogs being TEL blogs. The total number of genuine TEL blogs is now 561, the number of indexed TEL blog posts amounts to more than 80,000 posts.
- We also added 40 "new" TEL projects (introducing 152 new organizations) funded under the EC’s eTEN and PSP programmes to the project database. All new projects were added to the project space on the learningfrontiers.eu portal. The project space also features (1) for each project an automatically computed list of predecessor and successor projects based on social network analysis (see EC-TEL 2012 paper) and (2) an interactive geographical map overlay for aggregate figures on funding and participation in EU projects in the area of TEL.
- Joint work by TEL-Map and the EU Lifelong Learning Programme project TeLLNet (Teachers' Lifelong Learning Networks) at the 11th International Conference on Web-based Learning (ICWL 2012) in Sinaia, Romania. The paper addresses approaches to exploiting learning analytics in learning blogospheres, for instance to identify bursty topics in blogs, to identify social capital, and other things, based on the TEL-Map Mediabase.
- The TEL-Map Mediabase was presented in a featured article "A Mediabase for Technology Enhanced Learning in Europe" in the open-access newsletter published by the IEEE Taskforce on Learning Technologies. In addition we published a TEL conference community analysis paper for the Educational Technology & Society journal. This paper reports on the role of academic conferences in TEL based on data and analyses of conference community development patterns identified in the TEL-Map Mediabase. The paper also includes a benchmark of TEL communities compared to established conference communities.
- We conceived an algorithm that extracts a daily digest of "hot blog posts" from the TEL blogosphere indexed in the Mediabase. The identified blog posts are automatically published every morning to the TEL-Map twitter timeline. By setting up a paper.li newsletter based on those tweets we achieved an effective and sustainable daily digest of utterances from the social web of relevance to TEL-Map and Learning Frontiers stakeholders. The daily digest is prominently displayed on the portal homepage.
Deliverables with ACIS contributions:
- Hoel, T., Stergioulas, L. (eds.), Cooper, A., Loureiro-Koechlin, C., Kravcik, M., Müller, D., Olivier, B., Pawlowski, J. M., Pirkkalainen, H.: Dynamic engagement, dissemination & awareness guidelines and tools integration. TEL-Map Deliverable D7.1, December 2010.
- Derntl, M. (ed.), Cooper, A., Pham, M.C., Klamma, R., Renzel, D.: Mediabase Ready and First Analysis Report. TEL-Map Deliverable D4.3, September 2011.
- Ebner, H. (ed.), Pirkkalainen, H., Derntl, M., Naeve, A. (2011). Specification and architecture of the integration of context mapping with electronic portfolios and discourse support into a Roadmapping platform. TEL-Map Deliverable D2.2, July 2011.
- Cooper, A., Voigt, C., Unterfrauner, E., Kravcik, M., Pawlowski, J., Pirkkalainen, H.: Report on Weak Signals Collection. TEL-Map Deliverable D4.1, July 2011.
- Freitag, K. (ed.), Stergioulas, L., Kamtsiou, V., Pirkkalainen, H., Derntl, M., Loureiro-Koechlin, C. (2011). WP6 - Report on Web Design. TEL-Map Deliverable D6.2, September 2011.
- Pirkkalainen, H., Naeve, A. (eds.), Pawlowski, J., Ebner, H., Lefrere, P., Garduno, J.L., Derntl, M.: Supporting Discourse Management for TEL-Map Stakeholders. TEL-Map Deliverable D2.3, October 2011.
- Hoel, T. (ed.), Cooper, A., Derntl, M., Freitag, K., Lefrere, P., Giorgini, F., Naeve, A., Stergioulas, L., Wild, F.: Report on engagement, dissemination & awareness results. TEL-Map Deliverable D7.2b, April 2012.
- Ebner, H., Naeve, A. (eds.), Derntl, M., Millwood, R., Olivier, B., Pirkkalainen, H.: Supporting Roadmapping in TEL – Core Technical Infrastructure. TEL-Map Deliverable D2.4, July 2012.
- Freitag, K. (ed.), Derntl, M., Cooper, A., Messagi-Kaya, M.: TEL-Map Portal Analyses and Survey Tools. TEL-Map Deliverable D6.4a, September 2012.
ICALT Author Community
Mapping the European TEL Project Landscape Using Social Network Analysis and Advanced Query Visualization
An Embeddable Dashboard for Widget-Based Visual Analytics on Scientific Communities
- BRUNEL UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
- THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON, United Kingdom
- GIUNTI LABS S.R.L., Italy
- JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO, Finland
- KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN, Sweden
- IMC INFORMATION MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATION AG, Germany
- THE OPEN UNIVERSITY, United Kingdom
- HOGSKOLEN I OSLO, Norway
- RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN, Germany
- ZENTRUM FUER SOZIALE INNOVATION, Austria
- Dynamic Topic Mining for Visual Analytics on Large Document Collections (2013)
- A Web-Based Reporting Dashboard for Large-Scale Collections of Web 2.0 Artifacts (2012)
- Effective visual representation of the semantic data of 500,000 Internet resources (2011)
A Dynamic Topic Model of Learning Analytics Research
Published in Proceedings of the LAK Data Challenge, Leuven, Belgium, April 9, 2013, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 974, 1-5.
Michael Derntl, Susanne Neumann, David Griffiths, Petra Oberhuemer
Published in IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 5(1): 74-86 (2012)
Social Network Analysis of European Project Consortia to Reveal Impact of Technology-Enhanced Learning Projects
Published in Proceedings of 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2012), European Projects Track, Rome, Italy, 746-747
Interactions for Learning as Expressed in an IMS LD Runtime Environment
Published in Proceedings of 12th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2012), Rome, Italy, 383-387
A Mediabase for Technology Enhanced Learning in Europe
Published in IEEE Learning Technology Newsletter, 14 (3), 2-5 (2012)
The European TEL Projects Community from a Social Network Analysis Perspective
Published in A. Ravenscroft et al. (Eds.): 21st Century Learning for 21st Century Skills - 7th European Conference of Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2012, Saarbrücken, Germany, LNCS vol. 7563, pp. 51-64, Springer Verlag (2012)
An Embeddable Dashboard for Widget-Based Visual Analytics on Scientific Communities
Published in Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Technologies, I-KNOW '12. ACM Press (2012)
Elvira Popescu, Ling Qi, Ralf Klamma, Howard Leung, Marcus Specht
Published in Proceedings 11th International Conference, Sinaia, Romania, September 2-4, 2012, LNCS Vol. 7558
Development Patterns of Scientific Communities in Technology Enhanced Learning
Published in Educational Technology & Society, 15(3): 323-335 (2012)
Learning Analytics for Learning Blogospheres
Published in E. Popescu et al. (Eds.): ICWL 2012, LNCS 7558, pp. 255–264, 2012. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
Propelling Standards-based Sharing and Reuse in Instructional Modeling Communities: The Open Graphical Learning Modeler (OpenGLM)
Published in Proceedings of 11th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2011), Athens, Georgia, USA
Opportunities and Challenges of Formal Instructional Modeling for Web-based Learning
Published in 10th International Conference on Web-Based Learning (ICWL 2011), Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 7048, 253-262, Springer Verlag
Advanced in Web-based Learning - Guest Editorial Preface for Special Issue
Published in International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (JDET), April-June 2010, Vol. 8, No. 3
Werkzeuge und Modelle für die übergreifende Untersuchung von Social Software
Published in i-com, Jahrgang 9 (2010) Heft 3, S. 12-20, DOI 10.1524/icom.2010.0034 (http://i-com-media.de)
Self-modeling and Self-reflection of E-learning communities
Published in In Proceeding of Doctoral Consortium at 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2010)