Pihel Hunt and Gerli Silm from the University of Tartu, Estonia participated in the 21st JURE (JUnior REsearchers of European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) conference at the University of Helsinki, Finland, on July, 4-8, 2016. The conference theme was "Education in a dynamic world: Facing the future” and its aim was to enhance the field of education by raising questions about how we can make our education future-proof. The overall aim of the activities in the conference was to set the stage for dialogue on state-of-the-art developments in research on learning and instruction between experts and junior researchers. Pihel Hunt gave a presentation „Using a rubric for the performance-based assessment of student teachers“, where she introduced the results of the pilot study carried out at the University of Tartu in spring 2015 within the WATCHME project. Further information: http://www.earli-jure2016.org/
Congratulations Mira Mandoki, Tibor Bartha and Chantal van Duijn on the invitation to participate in the organizing committee of the next year Graz conference, in Szeged Hungary. http://grazconference.at/
On 23-24 June the MoodleMot conference took place at the Óbuda University in Budapest, Hungary. The conference aim was to learn about Moodle, the open-source e-learning Platform. It was well attended by around 75 visitors representing policy makers, educationalists, IT experts, HR experts, L&D specialists and teachers of medical schools throughout Hungary. Mira Madoki contributed on behalf of WATCHME with an oral presentation and active discussions.
At the VEC 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada | June 20 - 21, 2016, Harold Bok gave a Preconference Workshop on behalf of WATCHME. During the presentation the WATCHME-Project was mentioned as an example of new developments concerning EPAs, programmatic assessment and portfolios. Abstract Details: Programmatic assessment in veterinary medical education: integrating learning and assessment In recent years, health professional curricula have evolved to incorporate programmatic approaches to assessment in order to enhance students’ learning towards predefined outcomes. Building on best practices and educational theory, development, delivery and evaluation of these programs of assessment focus on improving the validity and reliability of the methods used AND enhancing and facilitating student learning. In this model, assessment and learning are intertwined by making each individual assessment maximally informative for learning. Even though this theoretical model for programmatic assessment has been embraced by educators, its feasibility and value at curriculum level has not yet been studied extensively. In this workshop participants will learn about the ins-and-outs of programmatic assessment. The competency-based assessment program at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, will be used as an illustration of the model. The workshop will be highly interactive, requiring participants to use the evidence and translate it to their assessment practices.
Teacher track members Liina Malva, Äli leijen and Bert Slof presented the WatchMe project during the Bringing Teacher Education Forward conference (Oslo, 6 – 9 June 2016, www.uv.uio.no/ils/om/aktuelt/arrangementer/2016/teacher-education---conference-2016/). The conference attracted 200 persons from 29 different countries and with different backgrounds; educational practitioners (i.e., teachers, teacher educators), educational researchers and policy-makers. The members participated in the symposia and paper sessions and presented the results from the formative evaluation of the personalized feedback module for teacher education Utrecht. During the presentation approximately 30 persons were present and an active discussion, during and after the presentation, took place which provided the members helpful insights for better implementing the E-portfolio.
Between 24th -25th May, Øredev hosted the ATtheFrontend Conference in Copenhagen. Around 200 front-end software developers and designers came together to share knowledge and to discuss the newest developments and trends on visualizations and front end technologies. Jayway had a booth in which they presented the WATCHME project and the Learning Analytics integrated in the EPASS System. http://atthefrontend.dk/
The EGU – as one of the biggest European Conferences for Geosciences is bringing together scientists from several very different disciplines. Outreach, education and media are becoming more and more important, independent from scientific topics. At the EGU several sessions and workshops were organized about it, and WATCHME made first step´s to this community and took the opportunity to be generally presented, to network and exchange information and knowledge.
At the LACE conference & workshop on March 15th and March 16th 2016 Marieke van der Schaaf and Bert Slof were interviewed by Maren Scheffel of the Welten Institute – Research Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, Open University of the Netherlands and partner in the EU project LACE. you can watch it on their channel at youtube
On the 17th of April the 2nd General Assembly Meeting took place, followed by the 2nd Review Meeting on April the 18th. The team evaluated second year's progress and made specific plans for the third and final year.
During the 20th Graz Conference on Medical Education Medical and Soft Skills: Teaching and Learning, Mira Mandoki, Chantal Duijn, Harold Bok & Wim Kremer won the prize for best poster presenatation. Congratulations for this wonderful achievement.
This Expert Workshop focused on the current state of the art of Learning Analytics (LA) in Europe and on prospects for development over the next 10-15 years. On behalf of Project WATCHME, Jeroen Donkers (Maastricht University) gave a presentation about het E-portfolio WATCHME. Present and contributory to the event were also Educational partners Bert Slof and Marieke van der Schaaf (Utrecht University) They the following: Implementation and exploitation of LA demands policy at institutional level and: LA should be about fun and engagement see more of their tweets during the event at https://twitter.com/Project_WatchMe
On February 5-6, Äli Leijen, Pihel Hunt, Gerli Silm and Liina Malva participated in a joint seminar of teacher education and the educational technology research groups of the University of Tartu. The WP6 team gave an overview of the WatchMe project and introduced the EPASS system. Moreover, the preliminary results from the formative evaluation of the just-in-time module were presented. The two research groups discussed the possible collaboration in the field of learning analytics.