OBJECTIVES

  1. To design the detailed interaction with the electronic portfolio system and the student-model server of the Just-in-Time feedback module (JIT) and the visualisation module (VIZ).
  2. To develop, implement and test a Just-in-Time feedback module (JIT).
  3. To develop, implement and test a visualisation module (VIZ).

DESCRIPTION OF WORK AND ROLE OF PARTNERS

Description of work: In this WP the feedback module and visualisation module are realised.  JW is leading this WP since this organisation has specialised expertise in developing visualisations.  UR had an important role in developing the Just-in-Time feedback module.  NetRom will carry out much of the software developments needed.  MA is involved since that interaction with the electronic portfolio system EPASS.  UM keeps an eye on the total process (relation with WP3, 4 and 6).

Taks 5.1 Designing the interaction with other modules: Based on and in concordance with the requirements and overall system architecture developed in WP3, this task involved the detailed design of the interaction of both modules with the electronic portfolio system and the student-model module.  This task requires close cooperation with the teams of WP3 and WP4.
There are four different interactions to be specified:
5.1a: interaction between JIT and the electronic portfolio system.  This involves how integration of JIT into the electronic portfolio user interface will be realised and also what data has to be exchanged between the electronic portfolio system and JIT.
5.1b: interaction between VIZ and the electronic portfolio system.  This involves how integration of VIZ in the electronic portfolio user interface will be realised and what data has to be exchanged between the electronic portfolio system and VIZ.
5.1c: interaction between JIT and the student-model module.  This involves the communication protocol applied and the data exchanged during a request for feedback that JIT sends to the student model either direct or through the electronic portfolio system.  This interaction is developed in close coordination with the development of the API in WP4.
5.1d: interaction between VIZ and the student-model module.  This involves the communication protocol applied and the data exchanged during the collection of data to be visualised.
This task results in a deliverable that contains detailed specifications of the four interactions.

Task 5.2 Just-in-Time feedback module JIT: This task involves the design, implementation and testing of a Just-in-Time feedback module that produces, on the basis of information retrieved from student models, feedback to trainees, supervisors and institutes.  The functional design of the module depends on the educational needs described in WP2 and the requirements specified in WP3.  In principle, the JIT module can operate in two modes.  In the pull-mode the user requests a feedback by pressing a button in the user interface.  At that moment, JIT communicates with the student model (that includes pedagogical knowledge) and receives instructions on what feedback has to be presented.  This actual feedback could be a quote, an instruction, a graph, a link to an instructional module, a part of the portfolio, and so on.  In the push-mode, the JIT module is activated indirectly by the user when certain portfolio-tasks are started, such as the starting or ending of an assessment.  In this case, JIT also decides whether it is appropriate to present feedback at that moment.
The design, development and testing of JIT will be cyclic in character following an agile development methodology.  The end product will only be ready towards the end of the project.  A sequence of development cycles will be arranged in close cooperation with WP6 in which end users and other stakeholders will be involved in evaluation and testing of the continuously improving module.As a deliverable, this task should produce the actual JIT module.  The source code of the module will be publicly available under a GPL licence.  The module will be accompanied by a description of activities, design decisions, and subsequent test and evaluation reports.

Task 5.3 Visualisation module VIZ: This task involves the design, implementation and testing of the visualisation module.  This module will, on the basis of information retrieved from student models and portfolio data produce informative graphical representations of aggregated and individual data.  The detailed design of the visualisations can only be determined when the educational needs and requirements are formulated in WP2 and WP3.  At least the visualisations will involve the comparison of data from an individual student with the aggregated data of the student’s peers.  The visualisation module should be user-driven and smoothly integrated within the electronic portfolio user interface.
The design, development and testing of VIZ will be cyclic in character following an agile development methodology.  The end product will only be ready towards the end of the project.  A sequence of development cycles will be arranged in close cooperation with WP6 in which end users and other stakeholders will be involved in evaluation and testing of the continuously improving module.
As a deliverable, this task should produce the actual VIZ module.  The source code of the module will be publicly available under a GPL licence. The module will be accompanied by a description of activities, design decisions, and subsequent test and evaluation reports.