The last two days we have been working with our PELARS (Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support) project in Dublin. We were are the general assembly meeting where all the project partners (12 in total) came to discuss about the progress of the project.
The main goal of this project is to create a learning analytics system (LAS). The LAS is a complex tool that integrates computer vision, specifically designed furniture, and a new generation of Arduino modules and IDE. The LAS is meant to inform three different kinds of stakeholders: students, teachers, and researchers.
Each one of the LAS’ users will get the chance to learn from the information captured by the system. Students will get reports about their progress, while teachers will get to understand whether some of the concepts being studied in class are understood properly. We, the researchers, are going to get the opportunity to learn about which are the issues people face when building projects in a collaborative setting.
The PELARS GA meeting took place at NCAD (National College of Art and Design) in Dublin, built at the site of an old Whisky brewery. The school is an amazing show of how a design school should be. There are modelling studios, painting studios, CGI ones, courses in physical computing, a great carpentry with everything you could find at a FabLab.
PELARS project has received funding from the European’s Seventh Framework Programme for research technological development and demonstrations under grant agreement 619738.
If you want to follow up the development of the project in depth, visit the PELARS main page at: http://learningmaking.eu