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Project duration 01.10.2022 - 30.09.2024

Improving learning and teaching by using digital trace data in higher education (digiVL)

We use innovative data to investigate learning behavior and self-regulated learning of undergraduate students in authentic courses at the university. Hereby we use:

  • Digital trace data from learning management systems, that provide objective measures of students’ learning activities, duration of learning activities, and performance,
  • Self-reported data on course-specific motivation and goals
  • Detailed information on course design and course contexts (course syllabi)

In this project, we aim to identify individual and course-related factors that support students in their self-regulated learning and success in university courses.

Funding

Own funds

Project description

At university, students are required to navigate an academically challenging curriculum and many students struggle with self-regulating their learning activities in their courses.

Therefore, we investigate individual student characteristics and course-design related factors that facilitate successful learning. We use innovative data from the UCI-MUST Study, to identify (successful) self-regulated learning strategies in authentic university courses.

Grüner Schriftzug des Projektnamens digiVL

We use data from about 8000 undergraduate students in science lectures at the University of California, Irvine. Data includes:

  • Digital trace data from learning management systems, that provide objective measures of students’ learning activities, duration of learning activities, and performance,
  • Self-reported data on course-specific motivation and goals
  • Detailed information on course design and course contexts (course syllabi)

We use quantitative statistical analyses (e.g. multilevel models, latent profile analysis) to investigate interindividual and intraindividual differences in learning activtities and success.

Students’ learning activities, for example, can differ in the extent to which students use course materials in their learning management systems, if they study regularly throughout the semester or cram until shortly before exam dates, or if they reach out to peers and instructors for help. We Investigate, which individual student characteristics (e.g., motivation, prior achievement, goals, etc.) and which course-design related factors (regular assigments, discussion forums, etc.) support successful learning.

Results of this project will inform a follow up study to investigate self-regulated learning and student success with innovative data at TU Dortmund university in collaboration with researchers of the TUD profile FAIR

Lead researcher at IFS

Project management

Internal project partners

External project partners

  • Prof. Richard Arum (University of California Irvine, School of Education)
  • Jun.-Prof. Charlott Rubach (Universität Rostock, Institut für Schulpädagogik und Bildungsforschung)

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Location & approach

The most convenient highway exits are on the B 1/A 40 (Dortmund-Barop) (closer to the North Campus) and on the A45 (Dortmund-Eichlinghofen). The university is signposted at both exits. In the local road network you will find signs to Campus Nord, where the Campus Treff is also located. From Emil-Figge-Strasse, entrance no. 18 and from Vogelspothsweg entrance no. 23 lead to parking spaces near the venue.

From Dortmund main station, take the S-Bahn "S1" in the direction of Solingen on track 7 to the stop "Dortmund-Universität" (price level A). The S-Bahn runs every 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and takes about 6 minutes. From Düsseldorf, the S-Bahn runs every 30 minutes. Directly at the S-Bahn station you will find the CDI building, which houses the Center for Research on Education and School Development.

One of the university's landmarks is the H-Bahn, which has two terminuses on the North Campus. One is located directly above the S-Bahn station and is easily accessible from it by elevators. The other is located in the center of Campus North at the bridge between the University Library and the Mensa, right next to the Audimax. The H-Bahn runs from here to the South Campus and the Eichlinghofen district.

Dortmund has an airport connected with some destinations in Central Europe. There are regular flights, for example, to Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Katowice, Krakow, Leipzig-Halle, London, Munich, Nuremberg, Paris, Poznan, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich. For the approximately 20 kilometers from the Dortmund airport to the campus, you can take the bus to the main train station and from there the S-Bahn. Faster is usually the use of a cab. Far more international flight connections are offered by the Rhine-Ruhr Airport in Düsseldorf, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.