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/
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.
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.
The Dieter Scheffner Center for Medical Education and Educational Research at Charité University Berlin, had its yearly symposium held between 19th and 20th of November 2015. Approximately 100 participants from all over Germany took part in a two-day symposium on the topic Entrustable Professional Activities in Medical Studies. Two guests speakers attended the symposium: Prof. Carrie Chen who gave a presentation titled “Applying EPAs to UME: Questions and Considerations” and Prof. Olle Ten Cate who gave the presentation “Entrustable Professional Activities – an approach to competency-based medical education and practice”. Links to the presentations: Harm Peters / Kuhlmey Olle Ten Cate Carrie Chen
December 14th the technical partners of the WATCHME project sat together to further discuss the requirements for the student model, the JIT module and the Vizualisations to be added to the e-portfolio. With collected input from the educational partners, workshops organized with users and expert interviews they succeeded in coming up with a list of requirements. Priorities were determined and it was decided to discuss the requirements resulting from the expert interviews with the educational partners. These discussions will be held after the first of March 2016
Congratulations to our project partners Netrom and Jayway, who were awarded with the Romanian and the Öresund Business Award 2015!
21th October 2015 Erik Driessen and Geraldine Clarebout from Maastricht University participated with the WatchMe project in a networking session entitled 'Scaling up Learning analytics: Innovating Europen Education' at the ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform conference in Lisbon. Together with the LACE-, PELARS- and iTalk@learn project they interacted on a number of statements formulated within four themes: Policy recommendations; Ethics, privacy and ownership; Impact on learning - pedagogical use of learning analytics; Technical aspects of learning analytics