With today’s blog post, we’ll let you take a look behind the curtain of a big research project. While content and results are interesting and published on a regular basis, a look into communication and modelling efforts are not found on a daily basis.
A big part of science is asking the right questions before giving any answers. But which questions can we answer with Learning Analytics? How can we support teachers and students by supplementing Learning Analytics? To approach those questions, we created storyboards in the DigiLab4U project.
The sequences illustrate the interaction with our system and showcase examples of successful applications of Learning Analytics.
We created mock-ups as a follow up of the first illustrations, going one step further to show prototypically how the results could be integrated in the user interface and to explain the opportunities that Learning Analytics offer.
The storyboard illustrations and the mock-ups form a solid basis for discussing interaction possibilities, navigation structures and learning analytics in DigiLab4U. This exchange between the different perspectives of this interdisciplinary team benefits from the creation of such visuals. It levitates imagination and ensures everyone is on the same page regarding technical possibilities.
Communication in such complex projects as DigiLab4U can be quite challenging. By implementing methods like storytelling, didacticians, engineers, technicians and further stakeholders can communicate through the pictorial stories and are encouraged to discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and requirements arising from the different disciplines.
The results are more concrete applications, tools and ideas for Learning Analytics within DigiLab4U. Learning analytics tend to be abstract for many potential stakeholders. This methods help to create a real world context. There are different ways to create good storyboards. In DigiLab4U, for example, we have based the storyboards on what we found out in previous project steps.
As a specific example: the storyboards were created with the Learning Analytics indicators collected in our didactic settings in mind. The process of creation has led to new questions and especially to many ideas for Learning Analytics requirements. In discussions with the team, important points can be discussed quickly and everyone is encouraged to creatively think about questions and the process that leads to the desired results.
So, what are our next steps in DL4U?
- Extend with more stakeholders and personas
- Distribute our storyboards among project members
- Discuss about Learning Analytics not only in research, but also in teaching and learning scenarios
- Implement utilization strategies and spread ideas