WP1 – Data Capture
The main goal of WP1 is to address the challenge of data capture in online social environments for the purpose of learning analytics. Besides collecting basic social networking data, the issues here relate to, first, understanding/engineering the features in these data that can be used to identify and recognise learning activities across cultures, languages and learning practices, and second, to classify/re-purpose these activity data so that they can be meaningfully exploited to visually analyse the behaviour of informal learners (WP3), as well as to populate the cognitive models of informal learning developed in WP4. Accordingly, we will employ a layered approach to data capture, where data is first extracted raw from the social platforms and refined until it can be robustly used as evidence of informal learning within the learning analytics process.
Generally, WP1 will provide the base data management platform for the whole project, creating an interface between the raw multi-lingual data from social environments and the analysis/modelling of these data in other work packages