Are digital exams here to stay?

On Wednesday, October 6th, the Assessment and Feedback Special Interest Group welcomed José Luis Aznarte, associate professor at the Department of Artificial Intelligence of UNED University. In this session José talked about the experience of switching to online exams amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The National Distance Education University is the largest university in Spain that combines online with face-to-face learning through a hybrid methodology offered to more than 200,000 students. Exams at UNED were usually held in their local study centres or exam spots. Results were digitised and distributed to each course team using the software called ‘valija virtual’ (virtual pouch). However, the university had to consider alternatives to adjust the examination process and to guarantee fairness and rigour during the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.  Continue reading

First time OU students commented on their own learning analytics data in a research study – how did it go?

These days following a progressive move of Higher Education Institutions towards blended and online environments, accelerated by COVID-19, many universities have access to a greater variety of student data than before. Learning Analytics (LA) provides means for collecting and analysing such evidence. In order to make this analysis useful to the end user, LA data are aggregated in the form of a Learning Analytics Dashboard (LAD). LADs visualise and predict students’ learning progress based on demographics, performance, and digital learning footprints data and have a strong potential to provide useful insights into how teaching and learning may be improved. Continue reading

How can Taylor help students with disabilities in Higher Education?

On Wednesday, July 21st, 35 people gathered online to learn more about ADMINS (Assistants to the disclosure and management of information about needs and support), a completed project funded by Microsoft and managed by the Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at The Open University (OU). The speaker of this seminar was Dr Tim Coughlan, a senior lecturer in IET, who was part of the research team leading the project. “But, who is Taylor?”– you may be wondering at this point if you are curious to know the answer to the question raised in the title of this post. Continue reading

Can computers detect social bias?

The first 2021 seminar of the Special Interest Group focused on Artificial Intelligence in Education (openAIED SIG) was led by Josmario Albuquerque, a second-year PhD student at the OU Institute of Educational Technology, on Wednesday 7th July.

With a background in Computer Science, Josmario has been involved in IT projects related to Artificial Intelligence in Education, Learning Analytics, and the use of Computer Science to address social issues. His current research fits under the scope of these past projects, since he is studying group biases in online learning settings. During the seminar, Josmario suggested that human biases and stereotypes are still present in educational settings, diminishing several aspects of learning. Continue reading

CALRG 2021 Online Conference – Registration Open

The Computers and Learning Research Group Online Conference is coming soon!

15-16 June 2021 (MS Teams)

CALRG’s annual conference provides a forum for members and other researchers and practitioners in the field to present their work. The conference will consist of two days of presentations and interactive sessions across a broad range of topics relevant to educational technology in 7-panel sessions:

  1. Learning and research during Covid-19 pandemic
  2. Assessment
  3. Teachers’ education and professional development
  4. Learning analytics
  5. Teaching and learning in OU
  6. Supporting learners in online environments
  7. Innovative methods

The conference is free to attend. If you wish to attend, please register HERE.

This conference will not be live-streamed. Recordings of the presentations will be available after the event. For any query regarding conference presentation and attendance, please email calrg@open.ac.uk.

We look forward to e-meeting you!