Concept map (or ‘knowledge map’) template was created based on Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference programme. Concept map data was then assessed by each participant based on their prior mastery and feelings towards the concepts. Relations were also asked to be drawn between concepts.
During the workshop participants designed the questions in which the dasbhoard should answer to.
Which conference topics are percieved as most controversial?
Who are the best experts in each field/theme?
How does my relations network relate to network drawn from all participants?
The concept map exercise is still online. This means that you can still map yourself to Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference programme: update your mastery, attach emoticons and draw relations. Updates to the dashboard around 12:30 pm (Sydney timezone). To do this: Map yourself to #LAK18 programme!
Browse and fill your concept map as you wish. It is yours, but do note: we will use the provided data to create a dashboard for conference participants.
Submit your assignment. Assignment opens up in a new tab. The submit button is at your assignment’s ‘home tab’.
You can register with your e-mail or register with a temporary account. Concept map can be edited online or offline with desktop software version. When you’re happy with the updates, submit it. You can later unsubmit it if you feel like it and make modifications to the contents.
We had a demo and talk at a gala event in Aalto University 20 December 2017.
Conceptmaps and dashboards aggregated from many conceptmaps got a lot of attention. We had good discussions on how to utilize conceptmapanalytics as learning assignments, course level knowledge building, degree level personal study planning tool and as a university wide emotional and knowledge building and tracking system to enhance personalized learning.
We also introduced new versions of dashboards that are connected with university’s data warehouse.
Thanks for all the development ideas, critical notions and inspiring discussions.
Our workshop is arranged as a half-day workshop in afternoon. We will co-create dashboards. No previous coding skills needed. Come as you are but prepare to be fantastic with us! We will create something that helps everyone conference visitor to comprehend conference content and relations between different events and presentations. Interesting stuff for sure!
We’re proud to have an opportunity to hold a workshop at #LAK18. In the workshop we will together create analytics dashboards – based on data that you will provide.
Before the conference, workshop attendees will be given a concept map template, built around LAK18 conference programme. Attendees will be asked to complement the concept map template with their knowledge, experiences and emotions about the themes in conference programme.
For the workshop, we will aggregate data from all these complemented concept maps, thus creating a dataset to analyze. We use the conference programme as a way to familiarize us to the technology constraints and possibilities. In addition, we will co-design new approaches creating dashboards for students, teachers, programme leaders and management. From another point of view we will utilize agile hands-on development with our sample data and design ideas for other types of dashboards as well.
Concept map analytics, in our case, started from a rather other direction than dashboards. Spring 2016, Professor Jani Romanoff in Marine Technology introduced Ville with a problem: students were not providing enough feedback. Teachers were getting steady 30% response rates through rigid feedback forms after the course. For sure, this is a big problem for someone who wants to become a better teacher. An idea of a more dynamic feedback system started to formulate.
First funding application
Window of opportunity came when Aalto University launched call for ideas to advance online learning in Aalto University. With some seed funding the problem was defined and the idea of a prototype was launched in December 2016. Idea was to make a concept map of curriculum content, give it to students as a template and ask students to update the concept map weekly. They could add comments to curriculum content, find relationships between content of different courses and add information about their progress. Teachers could then look at the concept maps to get insights about students’ thinking.
From concept to reality
Pilot was funded again for 2017 to start small scale piloting. During year 2017 concept maps were piloted in 8 courses. Also one learning assignment made use of this methodology.
Both students and teachers were extremely happy with the new method. “Teachers’ actually care about us learning!”, one student commented in an interview after the course.
It became clear quite soon, that it is very time consuming for teachers to go through tens of concept maps weekly. We needed a way to get an overview from contents of multiple concept maps at once. As a short term solution, we used a plugin within the mapping software (example of teacher’s view).
In autumn 2017 a more sophisticated aggregation method was built. We wrote a little program which parsed relevant information from multiple concept maps into CSV-files. Then, an analytics dashboard was built using those files and Microsoft Power BI.
In near future the dashboard and automation will be developed to meet the needs for more dynamic response for teachers.
Next year another set of courses will join the pilot. The pilot is also negotiating with a full degree programme in Master’s level to take part in piloting starting 2018. Plans include deeper integration with Aalto University’s Learning Management System (Moodle), Student Information System (Oodi) and Data Warehouse.