The basics of my PhD research
You know that I have been trying for a while to get a PhD research started. You also know that I didn’t get the funds or that my job as teacher/part of the management team had more priority. As I have written in this blog more often I tried to do my research on Gamification. Health care is a great context to use that in, but I didn’t manage to get the funds necessary. It brought me a great Healthcare and IT project where I can do some Gamification Research in, but not a PhD position.
Sometimes you have to wonder in new environments to get back to your roots. That basically is what happened in the last years. A sort of homecoming is what happened in the last months. I have a PhD research spot now at our research team Technology Enhanced Learning (Technologie-Ondersteund Leren in Dutch). In the last weeks I am finishing an internal proposal and I am ready to come out and shout aloud that I have started a research on how to use learning analytics on learning design in a run-time setting to improve student satisfaction and/or learning effectivity/efficiency.
In the next four years I am going to research an environment, say Learning Dashboard, which helps teachers and students to change or keep their behavior towards the learning design in an course. Students and teachers not only will get insight in their behavior and actions after the course but also during the run-time of the course so that we as an institution can build a more personalized learning environment for our students.
Together with the help of our Bachelor students I am going to research and develop this environment in a design science research. So the things I am going to write about are: Learning Analytics, Learning Dashboards, a little bit of Learning Design, the competences of students and teachers to be critical about the things they see in the Dashboard and the ability to interpret the information. And which techniques can we use to change the behavior of the students en teachers, so that the Learning Design is Learning Analytics driven. Or perhaps better phrased that we use our environment to enable user driven learning design. And that phrase can be in my proposal too.
So you see a work in progress but a fun one to do with all kinds of opportunities and chances to grasp. And to blog about ;). And you may reply in Dutch but I want the exercise in English.