News & Events

July 2021Qurat Ul Ain joins our team

We are happy to welcome a new research assistant and Ph.D. student to our group. Qurat Ul Ain holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, Islamabad, Pakistan. Qurat Ul Ain is especially interested in Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience Engineering. She will strengthen our group's research on explainable learning analytics.

June 2021SIMT/RIMA Demo at UMAP 2021

In the UMAP poster/demo session on Thursday, June 24, 2021, 15:30-16:15 CEST, we will present the Semantic Interest Modeling Toolkit (SIMT) and show how it has been leveraged in the transparent Recommendation and Interest Modeling Application (RIMA) to infer interest models of researchers based on their publications extracted from Semantic Scholar and use the inferred interest models to provide personalized recommendations of tweets. Here are links to the paper, the poster, and the video presentation of the demo.

May 2021Shoeb Joarder joins our team

We are happy to welcome a new research associate and Ph.D. student to our group. Shoeb Joarder holds a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Duisburg-Essen. Shoeb is especially interested in the application of HCI, big data analytics, and visual analytics in education and social media. He will strengthen our group's research on scalable human-centered learning analytics.

April 2021New Publication in ExUM@UMAP 2021

Our paper "On-demand Personalized Explanation for Transparent Recommendation" got accepted as a full research paper at the workshop on Explainable User Models and Personalized System (ExUM 2021) in conjunction with the conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (ACM UMAP 2021). The paper can be found here.

April 2021New Publication in UMAP 2021

Our paper "SIMT: A Semantic Interest Modeling Toolkit" got accepted as a demo paper at the conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (ACM UMAP 2021). The paper can be found here.

March 2021New Lab Course IDEA

Starting summer semester 2021, we are offering a new lab course on Interactive Data Exploration and Analytics (IDEA) for Bachelor students in Applied Computer Science and Komedia. The aim of this semester's IDEA lab is to provide the foundation for an Exploratory Learning Analytics Toolkit for Students (ELAS) to support UDE students in their learning activities.

February 2021New Publication in TExSS@IUI 2021

Our paper "Open, Scrutable and Explainable Interest Models for Transparent Recommendation" got accepted at the workshop on Transparency and Explanations in Smart Systems (TExSS) in conjunction with the conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (ACM IUI 2021). The paper can be found here.

September 2020New Publication at ECTEL 2020

Mouadh Guesmi presented our paper "How to Design Effective Learning Analytics Indicators? A Human-Centered Design Approach" at the European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (ECTEL 2020). We propose in this work Human-Centered Indicator Design (HCID) as a transparent learning analytics approach that targets learners and teachers as end-users by involving them in the systematic design of learning analytics indicators that fit their needs, based on well-established design practices from the HCI and information visualization fields. A preprint version of the paper is available here.

August 2020New Publication

Our chapter entitled "The LAVA Model: Learning Analytics Meets Visual Analytics" has been published in the book "Adoption of Data Analytics in Higher Education Learning and Teaching" by Springer. A preprint version of the chapter can be found here.

May 2020New Publication

Our chapter entitled "Open Learning Analytics: A Systematic Literature Review and Future Perspectives" has been published in the book "Artificial Intelligence Supported Educational Technologies" by Springer. A preprint version of the chapter can be found here.

April 2020CourseMapper in SS20

To support our online teaching in the summer semester 2020, we will use CourseMapper; a mind map-based collaborative course annotation and analytics platform that fosters collaboration and interaction around pdf/video learning materials, supported by visual learning analytics.

November 2019 XLA and ADORE Workshops at LAK2020

We're co-organizing two workshops in conjunction with the 10th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference. The workshop on Explainable Learning Analytics (XLA) aims at advancing research and practices around transparent insights, decisions, and actions in LA to improve the trustworthiness, impact, and adoption of LA systems at scale. The aim of the workshop on Addressing Drop-out Rates in Higher Education (ADORE) is to discuss challenges, issues, and best practices related to institutional LA and supporting student success. The paper submission deadline for both workshops is December 15, 2019.

October 2019 Open Position in Data Science

We currently have one open position for a PhD Student in data science with a focus on human-centered learning analytics. Application deadline is January 6, 2020. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Dr. Mohamed Chatti.

March 2019 Prof. Mohamed Chatti gives keynote at the 2019 Sino-German Symposium on AIED

Prof. Mohamed Chatti attended the 2019 Sino-German Symposium China-German Perspectives on AI-supported Educational Technologies, held on March 25-27, 2019 at the Central China Normal University (CCNU), Wuhan, China. He gave a keynote on our ongoing work on open learning analytics and our technical infrastructure OpenLAP. The symposium comprised 19 talks by speakers from Germany and China and was attended by more than 100 people from different Chinese universities. Implementing learning analytics at scale is on top of the strategic agenda of China’s top universities.

February 2019 Mouadh Guesmi joins our team

We are happy to welcome a new researcher and PhD candidate in our group. With a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kairouan, Tunisia, Mouadh Guesmi joined our team in February and will be working in the area of human-centered learning analytics with a focus on user modeling, personalization, and interactive recommendation. He received a DAAD PhD scholarship in the frame of the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP).

February 2019 New publication

Our article "The PERLA Framework: Blending Personalization and Learning Analytics" has been published in IRRODL (Vol 20, No 1), one of the top journals on educational technology. The full article can be found here.

February 2019 New Lab Course on Learning Analytics and Visual Analytics (LAVA)

Starting summer semester 2019, we are offering a new lab course on Learning Analytics and Visual Analytics (LAVA) for students in Applied Computer Science, ISE Computer Engineering, and Komedia. The topic for this year’s LAVA project is the systematic development of interactive visualizations of educational datasets.

December 2018 Defense of the dissertation of Arham Muslim

Arham Muslim successfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled “OpenLAP: A User-Centered Open Learning Analytics Platform”, on Friday, December 14, 2018. Congratulations Dr. Muslim!

August 2018 New Course on Learning Analytics

Starting winter semester 2018/2019, we are offering a new lecture on Learning Analytics for Master’s students in Applied Computer Science and ISE Computer Engineering. Learning Analytics is an emerging field at the intersection of data science and learning technologies.

June 2018 Four DAAD PhD Scholarships

We are happy to announce that our proposal in the frame of the DAAD Graduate School Scholarship Programme (GSSP) got positively evaluated. 4 full DAAD PhD scholarships (2 in 2019 and 2 in 2020) will be available for international graduate students. The PhD positions will be advertised soon here and on the User-Centred Social Media graduate school Website. More information about the application process is available on the DAAD GSSP Website.

April 2018 New publication

Our article “A Modular and Extensible Framework for Open Learning Analytics” has been published in JLA (Volume 5, Issue 1), the premier international journal on Learning Analytics published by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR). The full article can be found here

March 2018 New Course on Advanced Web Technologies

Starting summer semester 2018, we are offering a new lecture on Advanced Web Technologies for Master’s students in Applied Computer Science and ISE Computer Engineering. Due to the focus on hands-on development, we have a limit of 30 students for this class.

February 2018 Arham Muslim joins our team

We are happy to welcome a new research associate and PhD candidate in our group. Arham Muslim holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University where he worked as researcher and developer at the Center for Innovative Learning Technologies (CiL). Arham joined our team in February and will continue his excellent research in the area of user-centered learning analytics.

November 2017 Open Position in Data Science

We currently have one open position for a Research Assistant in Data Science with a focus on Learning Analytics and Visual Analytics. Please send your application as one PDF file to Prof. Dr. Mohamed Amine Chatti. Application deadline is November 30th 2017.

November 2017 Smart Learning Media

An article from the UDE News about Prof. Chatti who joined the UDE family in October 2017 to conduct research on the emerging data science field of Learning Analytics.

October 2017 Learning Analytics at UDE and Kyoto University

Prof. Hiroaki Ogata and Dr. Brendan Flanagan from Kyoto University, Japan visited the UDE on October 9-10, 2017. They gave a talk on "Learning Analytics Research in the Context of E-books in Higher Education". Together with our UDE colleagues Prof. Ulrich Hoppe (COLLIDE), Prof. Michael Kerres and Darya Hayit (Learning Lab), we then had at the Learning Lab an interesting discussion on the potential of learning analytics in higher education.