yOUr Day at OUNL

17th January we organised yOUrDay 2019, an event promoted by the yOUng network of the Open University, which I am proudly helping being a member of the board. yOUr is an event organised by young employees at the OU but addressed to everyone. The idea was to find space and time to foster inter-generational collaboration, promote future career opportunities and better professionalization for the employees of the Open University. This year the theme of the day was "yOUr day, yOUr future".

Me and the members of the yOUng board (Katya, Manon, Laurie and Mari) we organised a very interesting event, which included two keynotes: 1) Theo Bastiens, rector of the OU,  2) Eshter Crombag, professor at Maastricht University; four different workshops about Social Media, Career Development, Stress Management and Pitching ideas. There was also a pub quiz which was quite fun to do, a pitch session where more people presented their interesting ideas, to be complemented with lunch and networking drinks with music.

yOUr day was an occasion to bring, at least for one day, yOUng employees at the centre of the Open University. Sometimes forgotten, compared to their senior colleagues, young people nowadays live a much more flexible and challenging life with a lot of uncertainties. For this reason, peer learning activities as yOUr day can help to boost their confidence, and professional development. 

Read Between The Lines accepted at LAK'19

The article Read Between the Lines: An Annotation Tool for Multimodal Data for Learning
by Daniele Di Mitri, Jan Schneider, Roland Klemke, Marcus Specht and Hendrik Drachsler has been accepted as  FULL RESEARCH PAPER for the 9th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK19) to be held in Tempe, Arizona, USA, March 4-8 2019.

#FestivalOfLearning in London

From the 27th to the 30th of July I attended the 19th AIED conference taking place during the Festival of Learning at UCL in London, the U.K. The event featured three co-located conferences: the International Conference of Learning Science (ICLS), Learning at Scale (L@S) and Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED). The conference was highly participated (around 1000 attendees) and allowed for cross-pollination between different communities. I attended only AIED and in this post I try to summarise my experience.
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#LAK17 - it's all about multimodality

Originally posted on lilab.eu

The 2017 edition of the Learning Analytics & Knowledge conference beat all the previous records with 344 submissions from 1000 authors and 415 participants, the acceptance rate of the full paper was 34%.

Multimodality is the main focus

The trending topic of #LAK17 is undoubtedly multimodality. Two keynotes out of three Sanna Jarvela and Sydney D'Mello focus on multimodal data for learning. The topic is also reflected in many studies presented during the parallel presentations. Continue reading