“Supporting Learning Communities with Analytics Tools”
Professor Dr. H. Ulrich Hoppe,
University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Abstract. In the area of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), the methodology of social network analysis (SNA) has been used to identify roles and internal structures in learning groups. Meanwhile SNA has become an important tool to provide information and insight for monitoring and managing learning communities. However, to further develop “learning analytics” techniques SNA has to be combined with other methods. Content analysis of
learning objects and especially of learner-created artefacts can rely on information mining and linguistic approaches. Another aspect is the analysis of time-dependent patterns in
learner activities captured in system log files. Several examples of applying such analyses to learning environments and knowledge creating communities will be given. Also, a general web-based workbench for creating and performing analysis workflows of different types will be presented. From a systems engineering point of view, the question of how to smoothly integrate analytics modules with existing learning management systems and community
platforms will be addressed.
H. Ulrich Hoppe holds a full professorship for “Cooperative and Learning Support Systems” in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science (Engineering Faculty) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. With an original background in mathematics, physics and educational technology (PhD from Tuebingen University in 1984), Ulrich Hoppe has been working for more than ten years in the area of Intelligent User Interfaces and Cognitive User Models (1984-95), before he re-focused his research on Technology-Enhanced Learning and Knowledge Management. He joined the University of Duisburg as a professor in 1995 and founded the research group COLLIDE on Collaborative Learning in Intelligent Distributed Environments (COLLIDE) in the same year.
With the COLLIDE group, Ulrich Hoppe has been engaged in more than 10 European projects in the area of advanced computational technologies for learning and and knowledge management. Ulrich Hoppe has been programme co-chair of CSCL 2003 in Bergen (Norway), AIED 2003 in Sydney (Australia), ICCE 2007 in Hiroshima (Japan), and CRIWG 2012 in Raesfeld (Germany).
His current research interests are:
* Interactive and collaborative media for learning and knowledge construction
* Analysis, modelling, and intelligent support of interactive and collaborative learning processes
* Social network analysis and community support