Volume 1, No. 1 of “iJAI” begins with a look at how data has improved education across Europe; a method to increase engagement in online video lessons through AI; yet another chatbot application, and more.
Created by Vienna-based, International Association of Online Engineering, iJAI is the product or a wide effort to increase awareness and “disseminate highest quality research” on learning analytics and AI in education. Members from Nordic universities make up the chief and senior editing team. The editorial board is also Scandinavian with the exception of Najima Daoudi, from Morocco’s Ecole des Sciences de l’Information. It was founded by Stockholm University’s Jalal Nouri, who at this time acts as Editor in Chief.
As a part of Online-Journals.org and the Budapest Open Access Initiative, iJAI pledges to keep the research freely available in full. Its Open Access Policy argues that Open Access “is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author’s work.”
The state of Learning Analytics Research in Europe is… okay
The first article, Efforts in Europe for Data-Driven Improvement of Education – A Review of Learning Analytics Research in Seven Countries can serve as a baseline of the field today. It focuses on Europe, touching on initiatives in other areas, in part because many of them grew in influence since their inception.
Nouri leads the 11-author overview that headlines the first number. It works mostly as a directory of active Learning Analytics and AI initiatives in the European EdTech space, focusing on policy, infrastructure, “competence centers” and featured projects. Despite the ample listning, Nouri et al declare that “learning analytics has not received enough focus from national and European national bodies.”
Research initiatives and networking
- International Conference Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK). The 10th edition will be hosted by Goethe University Frankfurt next May.
- STELA — Successful Transition (from Secondary to Higher) Education using Learning Analytics
- Danish Center for Big Data Analytics Driven Innovation (DABAI): Educational Data
- GBL21 — Game-Based Learning in the 21st Century
- The European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) just held its annual Multimodal Learning Analytics (MMLA) conference last September
- SNOLA — Spanish Network of Learning Analytics
- LACE — Learning Analytics Community Exchange
- SHEILA — Supporting Higher Ed to Integrate Learning Analytics
- LALA Project — Building Capacity to Use Higher Analytics to Improve Higher Education in Latin America
EdTech platforms and opportunities
- iMooX, a free MOOC platform alternative, currently supported by UNESCO.
- Make World: A computational thinking education platform
- Go-Lab: Remote and virtual laboratories repository
- NordBioMed: It seeks, among other things, to provide tools for virtual education of biomedicine. A GitHub already includes a complete BioMed 101 course.