Activity-Based Learner-Models for Learner Monitoring and Recommendations in Moodle

Beatriz Florian, Christian Glahn, Hendrik Drachsler, Marcus Specht, Ramón Fabregat Gesa

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    In technology-enhanced learning, activity-based learner models can provide evidence for competence assessment. Such models are the foundation for learning and teaching support, such as: adaptation, assessment, and competence analytics, recommendations, and so on. This paper analyses how to construct activity-based learner models based on existing data in the Moodle learning management system. Based on the activity theory model and the actuator-indicator model, aggregators of learner activities for different activity types were implemented in Moodle. This requires the consideration of the social roles in a course, in order to enable adaptive views for learners and instructors on the stored activity information. The implementation showed that Moodle stores information about course activities that requires filtering before it can get used for higher level processing. The social planes in Moodle reveal a higher complexity than it has been previously described by theories of classroom orchestration, such as actors who are no longer present in a course.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTowards Ubiquitous Learning
    Subtitle of host publication6th European Conference of Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2011, Palermo, Italy, September 20-23, 2011. Proceedings
    EditorsCarlos Delgado Kloos, Denis Gillet, Raquel M. Crespo García, Fridolin Wild, Martin Wolpers
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642239854
    ISBN (Print)9783642239847
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event6th European conference on Technology enhanced learning: towards ubiquitous learning: Towards Ubiquitous Learning - Palermo, Italy
    Duration: 20 Sept 201123 Sept 2011
    Conference number: 6


    Conference6th European conference on Technology enhanced learning: towards ubiquitous learning
    Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2011


    • activity-based learner models
    • moodle
    • learner tracking
    • learning analytics
    • competence assessment
    • TEL recommender systems
    • TEL
    • recommender systems
    • learner model


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