ODEdu is a 3-year project (2016-2018) funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. It aims to establish a knowledge alliance between academia, business and the public sector that will boost open data education and training.
The general challenge observed in academia, business and the public sector is the need for the existing and future workforce to become skilled and adaptable lifelong learners, and contribute to the economy and society. With the ODEdu project we wanted to address this challenge by bridging these two sectors. We decided to do this by using the well-established and structured learning strategy of problem-based learning, and the innovative technology of learning analytics to better understand the learning process.
Learning analytics is the collection, processing, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts. The purpose is to understand and optimise learning and the environment in which it occurs. It can help both educators and learners make sense of the learning process and improve learners’ performance. Educators are able to monitor their learners’ progress and make decisions to scaffold or intervene when necessary based on analytics visualisations. Learners become more aware of their achievements as well as their miscomprehensions.
Our project consists of 3 main stages:
An important challenge that we faced was the creation of the open data curriculum skeleton, because we had to consolidate results from many sources (questionnaires, focus groups, interviews) and many sectors (university students, teachers, private employees, public employees). To overcome this challenge, we created templates for questions that should be asked to each sector as well as templates that helped us structure the answers in order to achieve homogenous results.
The measureable results of the project are:
Whilst working on this project I have gained additional knowledge on the open data sources that are available. I am grateful to have met very skilled people on the subject open and linked data as well as on pedagogical strategies.
I will never forget the close cooperation and collaboration amongst all partners during the elicitation of the open data curriculum skeleton. It verified the efficient results that a strong well organised team can produce. I am lucky enough to be able to work on the latest developments in research and with so many people from various countries.