PILARES Project is a Smart Platform of Learning Analytics to improve performance in Secondary Education.
This project is setting up the basis to design a platform of Learning Analytics to improve performance in Secondary Education considering stakeholders needs, existing educational standards and concepts, and trends in ICT enhanced learning environments in Spanish secondary schools.
The research team has also been in contact with national researchers in the area (becoming members of the SNOLA community) and international researchers (through LAK conferences).
In the execution of PILARES, we fully accomplished these reviewed objectives:
On the other hand, the collaboration with the company UPCnet (UPCNET2013-3 project and supporting the PILARES project) has been focused on identifying how learning analytics could be used to improve Moodle based products and services. The effort has also been placed on data extraction procedures and designing visualization tools that could be used to demonstrate potential benefits. Figure 1 shows the log access plot in one subject participating in the PILARES pilot.
Based on our initial promising results regarding learners’ motivation assessment based on data obtained from the LMS, our proposal will be mainly focused on learning process behavioural analytics.
Data to be used during the project will come out of selected secondary schools using AGORA, a large Moodle based LMS system used by 90% of Secondary schools in Catalonia. To this end UPC and the Department of Education of Generalitat de Catalunya have signed an agreement that includes the participation in pilot tests, the participation of educational experts in the research projects as part of the research team or as external advisors and the access to digital data from the AGORA platform for research purposes. This institutional platform is a Moodle-based platform offering services and content to more than 1500 schools and 400.000 students.
PILARES was submitted to the call “Proyectos I+D+I – Excelencia 2013” and funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, R & D - Spanish Research Program of Scientific and Technical Excellence as a one-year interim grant (“ayuda puente”) and the current PILARES Project is being executed during 2015.