AFEL: Towards measuring online activities contributions to self-directed learning
López Sola, Susana
Maturana, Ricardo A.
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AbstractMore and more learning activities take place online in a selfdirected
manner. Therefore, just as the idea of self-tracking activities
for fitness purposes has gained momentum in the past few years, tools
and methods for awareness and self-reflection on one’s own online learning
behavior appear as an emerging need for both formal and informal
learners. Addressing this need is one of the key objectives of the AFEL
(Analytics for Everyday Learning) project. In this paper, we discuss the
different aspects of what needs to be put in place in order to enable
awareness and self-reflection in online learning. We start by describing a
scenario that guides the work done. We then investigate the theoretical,
technical and support aspects that are required to enable this scenario,
as well as the current state of the research in each aspect within the
AFEL project. We conclude with a discussion of the ongoing plans from
the project to develop learner-facing tools that enable awareness and selfreflection
for online, self-directed learners. We also elucidate the need to
establish further research programs on facets of self-tracking for learning
that are necessarily going to emerge in the near future, especially
regarding privacy and ethics.
This work has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme as part of the AFEL (Analytics for Everyday Learning) project under grant agreement No 687916.
d'Aquin, Mathieu , Adamou, Alessandro , Dietze, Stefan , Fetahu, Besnik , Gadiraju, Ujwal , Hasani-Mavriqi, Ilire , Holtz, Peter, Kimmerle, Joachim, Kowald, Dominik, Lex, Elisabeth, López Sola, Susana, Maturana, Ricardo A ., Sabol, Vedran, Troullinou, Pinelopi, Veas, Eduardo (2017). AFEL: Towards Measuring Online Activities Contributions to Self-Directed Learning. Paper presented at the ARTEL Workshop at EC-TEL 2017, Tallinn, Estonia, 12 September.