Applying Learning Analytics in Problem-Based Learning Engineering Semester Projects

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Learning Analytics (LA) aims to improve the learning process by analysing learning data, and communicating the results of this analysis to both educators and learners. LA has been employed in a few cases for improving Problem Based Learning (PBL) courses but the literature has yet to discuss how PBL project work could benefit by LA. This paper presents a novel approach for enhancing PBL with LA in order to produce a new educational paradigm (PBL_LA). This paper presents a trial that took place in an engineering study in order to draw evidence-based conclusions on the PBL_LA approach. The trial run during one semester and aimed at introducing LA in PBL semester projects. For this trial, we adapted a set of software tools for supporting PBL_LA to Moodle, which is a Learning Management System (LMS), and its analytics tools. In this paper, we present this adaptation and some preliminary results of the trial. Finally, we discuss the potential of the PBL_LA approach for improving learning and teaching in this kind of engineering PBL projects.
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Learning Analytics (LA) aims to improve the learning process by analysing learning data, and communicating the results of this analysis to both educators and learners. LA has been employed in a few cases for improving Problem Based Learning (PBL) courses but the literature has yet to discuss how PBL project work could benefit by LA. This paper presents a novel approach for enhancing PBL with LA in order to produce a new educational paradigm (PBL_LA). This paper presents a trial that took place in an engineering study in order to draw evidence-based conclusions on the PBL_LA approach. The trial run during one semester and aimed at introducing LA in PBL semester projects. For this trial, we adapted a set of software tools for supporting PBL_LA to Moodle, which is a Learning Management System (LMS), and its analytics tools. In this paper, we present this adaptation and some preliminary results of the trial. Finally, we discuss the potential of the PBL_LA approach for improving learning and teaching in this kind of engineering PBL projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018 : Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark (DTU)
Publication date2018
Pages1328-1335
ISBN (Print)978-2-87352-016-8
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventSEFI annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence - DTU , København, Denmark
Duration: 17 Sep 201821 Sep 2018
Conference number: 46
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ConferenceSEFI annual Conference 2018
Nummer46
LocationDTU
LandDenmark
ByKøbenhavn
Periode17/09/201821/09/2018
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