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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018 : Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence|
|Publisher||Technical University of Denmark (DTU)|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||SEFI annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence - DTU , København, Denmark|
Duration: 17 Sep 2018 → 21 Sep 2018
Conference number: 46
|Conference||SEFI annual Conference 2018|
|Period||17/09/2018 → 21/09/2018|
Triantafyllou, E., Xylakis, E., Zotou, M., Tambouris, E., & Tarabanis, K. (2018). Applying Learning Analytics in Problem-Based Learning Engineering Semester Projects. In Proceedings of the 46th SEFI Annual Conference 2018: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Engineering Education Excellence (pp. 1328-1335). Technical University of Denmark (DTU).