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A Mobile Dashboard for L2P

 
Bachelor Thesis
W. Omar Sánchez Ibrahim

Context

The current e-learning system is based on the idea of a one-sided information retrieval tool and central resource database of learning materials, which still focuses on traditional paper-based learning i.e. exercise sheets, scripts and slides are provided in PDF form, thus allowing for easy printing and inter-device compatibility. This usually means that students download every single resource provided in a course room and will use some sort of check list or mind map to work through the resources, often without having a good overview of the topics and where they are located. This causes a loss
of time, which could otherwise be used for studying and revising for exams instead of just for resource location.

The approach proposed here involves moving away from using L2P solely as a source of data towards a more interactive system that guides and supports students in their learning endeavors. This will be achieved by providing a simpler way of accessing material and a smarter overview of current progress during the term. Providing an individual analysis of strengths and weaknesses that allows for students to better prepare for exams by having an overview of the topics can be seen as the next step towards reaching this goal.

Students should not have to lose time going through paper documents to find relevant information and make preparations for exam revision. Moving away from the "paper" paradigm towards an interactive learning environment incorporating Learning Analytics is the logical follow up step and a must for e-learning systems to truly provide added value.

The advent of tablet devices and the unique set-up at RWTH Aachen University with many commuters from nearby cities and a strong culture of studying and revising in situ presents a challenge to wide-spread paper-based approaches. Providing an interactive system can greatly reduce the clutter and spare time during study sessions, while at the same time providing online feedback to analyze student behavior and better cater for their needs and recommend and accompany studying during the course of the semester. A web-based system allows for exchangeability of devices, thus providing more flexibility than an application-based implementation, eliminating synchronization and availability issues.

Adding new functionality to provide a better overview and visualizations, will allow students to have a better overview and understanding of their performance during a study term. This is a major feature missing in the current implementation of L2P.

Task

 

  • Developing a prototype of a mobile dashboard for L2P.
  • Providing a modular framework allowing for future extensions to the implementation.
  • Providing visualizations of data to support student learning.

 

Abstract

 
Mobile learning is gaining importance. The use of dedicated mobile interfaces allows for a better use of screen real estate and for better accessibility on mobile devices. This thesis work involves the development of a Mobile Dashboard for L2P, the e-learning platform in place at RWTH Aachen University.

The Mobile Dashboard aims at visualizing information from L2P in a structured way and increasing accessibility in order to cater for students' needs when accessing L2P from a mobile device. The system is based on a middleware application used to poll data from L2P and display it over a web browser client using HTML5 and JavaScript, thus eliminating the need for device-specific implementations.

This thesis paper describes the development of the L2P Mobile Dashboard covering the architecture design, user interface design and prototyping process and the implementation of the system as a whole.

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Created by Daniel Herding. Last Modification: Friday, 03. August 2012 17:34:21 by sanchez.