Collaborations

Our learning analytics research group, under the umbrella of Athabasca University, is conducting different experiments of our learning analytics tools and solutions in collaboration with various institutions around the world. Our experiments are all PSA-based. PSA means Propensity Score Analysis which is a technique to discover cause-effect relationships among the variables of a statistical model through an observational study. When applied in the learning setting, PSA will enable researchers as well as teachers and students to identify the cause or context of success/failure in learning and this, for a specific individual as well as for a collectivity of students.

We use a variety of questionnaires that allow us to categorize each student according to specific variables. Some of these questionnaires are filled at the beginning and at the end of the experiment period by students while others are filled only at the beginning or only at the end of the experiment. Below is the list of those questionnaires:

Propensity Score Analysis Questionnaires

1 – Learning domains:

  • 1 – English Proficiency Grammar I – 15 multiple-choice questions – 10 min.
  • 2 – English Proficiency Grammar II – 15 multiple-choice questions – 10 min.
  • 3 – English Proficiency Vocabulary – 10 multiple-choice questions – 10 min.
  • 4 – English Proficiency Reading Comprehension – 10 multiple-choice questions – 15 min.

OR

  • Coding Proficiency – 30 min.

2 – Self-regulation – 10 multiple-choice questions – 5 min.

3 – IQ – 30 multiple-choice and short-answer questions – 30 min.

4 – Computer Literacy – 10 multiple-choice questions – 5 min.

5 – Typing Speed – 1 text to type – 10 min.

6 – Emotional interference – 10 multiple-choice questions – 5 min.

7 – Health – 26 short-answer questions – 15 min.

8 – Personal information – 16 multiple-choice and short-answer questions – 10 min.


India

Experiment 1

  • Learning analytics tool: MI-Writer used within an English Course
  • Experiment period: Sept. 21, 2015 – End of December 2015
  • Students involved: 780
  • Teachers involved: 6

Experiment 2

  • Learning analytics tool: MI-Writer used within an English Course
  • Experiment period: Feb to May 2016
  • Students involved: 300
  • Teachers involved: 6

Saudi Arabia

  • Learning analytics tool: CODEX used within a Java Programming II course
  • Experiment period: January to April 2016
  • Students involved: 80
  • Teachers involved: 6

Note: The CODEX system has been presented at the E-Learning forum in Saudi Arabia hosted by the Deanship of E-Learning and Distance Education 2015.


Saudi Arabia

  • Learning analytics tool: MI-Writer used within an English Course
  • Experiment period: Feb to May 2016
  • Students involved: 65
  • Teachers involved: 3