AFEL Consortium & Advisory Board Meeting @ Graz

From the 19th – 21st of June, the AFEL consortium meeting took place at the Know-Center in Graz, Austria. On the 21st  of June the AFEL Advisory Board Meeting took place with Graham Attwell (Director of Pontydysgu), Peter Brusilovsky (Prof. at University of Pittsburg), Claudia Hauff (Ass.-Prof. at TU Delft), and Denis Parra Santander (Ass.-Prof…. Read more »

26. June 2018

TU Graz Talks: Prof. Denis Parra Santander & Prof. Peter Brusilovsky, 20.6.2018

It is a pleasure to invite you to the following two talks: Prof. Peter Brusilovsky, Computer Science Department: „Open Social Student Modeling“ and Prof. Denis Parra Santander, Computer Science Department, School of Engineering: „The Millenium Institute for Foundational Research on Data and the Agenda for Studying Explainable Machine Learning“ Abstract: In this talk, Prof. Parra will introduce the… Read more »

19. June 2018

A recap of LILE2018, or: how block chains, wikipedia, self-regulated learning and linked data support everyday learning

On 27 May, the AFEL team together with some long-standing collaborators organised the 7th edition of the Linked Learning workshop series, namely LILE2018 – Learning and Education with Web Data. Having undergone a significant evolution throughout the past years, the scope of LILE2018 followed a highly interdisciplinary approach which provided equal space for technical as… Read more »

18. June 2018

AFEL Presentation @ University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal

Stefan Thalmann introduced AFEL in the context of the “Workshop on Digital transformation of Small and Medium Enterprises” @ University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal. Within the workshop it was discussed how AFEL could support SME in coping with the challenges of digitization by fostering informal learning at the workplace.    

8. June 2018

AFEL Workshop @ EC-TEL

We are very pleased to say that we have now released the Call for Papers for the AFEL 2018 Workshop that is co-located with the EC-TEL. The deadline for submissions is the 23st June. For further information, please have a look at the call for papers or visit our AFEL 2018 Workshop website

25. May 2018

AFEL Evaluation Study @ IWM Lab in Tuebingen

Between May 2 and May 16, 80 participants got the opportunity to try out the AFEL learning app at the IWM in Tuebingen. Most of the participants were students at Tuebingen University. The study was supervised by AFEL members Peter Holtz, Seren Yenikent, and Joachim Kimmerle. The participants first got the opportunity to learn something… Read more »

16. May 2018

AFEL @ WWW 2018

We are happy to announce that Elisabeth Lex, area head of Know-Center’s Social Computing research area, and Dominik Kowald, Post-Doc in Know-Center’s Social Computing research area, as well as Mathieu d’Aquin, the project leader of the AFEL Project and Professor and Vice-Director of the research group Linked Data Semantic Web of the National University of… Read more »

9. May 2018

Habilitation for Stefan Thalmann

The AFEL consortium is very proud to announce that our key research Stefan Thalmann has successfully passed his habilitation colloquium at the University of Innsbruck School of Management on the 2nd of May 2018 and received his venia legend for information systems. Congratulations, Stefan!

8. May 2018

Learning Analytics Event @ Know-Center

On the 17th of April the event “DATA DRIVEN FUTURE FORUM: LEARNING ANALYTICS – DATEN UND DIGITALE TRACES ZUM LERNEN” took place at the Know-Center in Graz. Around 25 interested persons from industry (e.g. automotive industry, life sciences or publisher) as well as from science (Graz University of Technology, University of Graz, Medical University of… Read more »

17. April 2018

AFEL Consortium Meeting: 21 – 22 March 2018 in Galway Ireland

Shortly before Easter, the AFEL consortium meeting was hosted by NUIG in Galway, Ireland. The goal was to jointly reflect the review results and to create a joint and focussed vision for the last half year of the project. This includes not only the planned evaluations but also the dissemination and exploitation strategy for the… Read more »

22. March 2018

Web Science Summer School sponsored by AFEL

We are happy to announce that the AFEL Project sponsors the Web Science Summer School 2018 ( The WWSSS’18 will be held in Hannover, Germany and is organized by L3S Research Center, one of our AFEL partner.

21. March 2018

AFEL @ WWW2018

We are happy to announce that Elisabeth Lex, area head of Know-Center’s Social Computing research area, and Dominik Kowald, Post-Doc in Know-Center’s Social Computing research area, will present an AFEL contribution at the A* conference WWW’2018 ( The paper is entitled “The Impact of Semantic Context Cues on the User Acceptance of Tag Recommendations: An… Read more »

19. March 2018

AFEL @ LearnTec

The AFEL project was represented with a nice booth at the LearnTec 2018, which took place from 30. January to 1st of February.  Our three AFEL experts (from left to right), Besnik Fetahu (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Ujwal Gadiraju (Leibniz Universität Hannover) and Stefan Thalman (Know-Center) were representing the AFEL project. There, they had a lot… Read more »

13. February 2018

Meet AFEL @ WWW2018Satellites

The AFEL consortium is happy to announce that its submission to the call of international projects at the WebConference 2018 was accepted. The WebConference will take place from 23-27 April 2018 in Lyon. Mathieu d’Aquin, the coordinator of AFEL, will present the AFEL project there with the purpose to make the AFEL project more visible… Read more »

25. January 2018

Habilitation for Peter Holtz

The AFEL consortium is very proud to announce that our key research Peter Holtz has successfully passed his hdabilitation colloquium at the JKU Linz on the 23rd of January 2018. The rector will suggest to the senat to grant Peter the authority to psychology teach (venia legend). Congratulations, Peter!

Meet AFEL @ DFG.Netzwerk Meeting

The first meeting of the DFG.Network for Mixed Methods and Multimethod Social Research will take place on 26th/27th in Hamburg. Our AFEL research Peter Holtz will give a talk together with Prof. Dr. Özen Odag on the topic “Popper was not a Positivist: Why Critical Rationalism Could be an Epistemology for Qualitative as well as… Read more »

24. January 2018

The article “Consensus Dynamics in Online Collaboration Systems” has been accepted to be published in the journal of Computational Social Networks (Comput Soc Netw) by Springer.

The work presented in the article “Consensus Dynamics in Online Collaboration Systems” was conducted by Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi, Dominik Kowald and Elisabeth Lex from the Social Computing team of the Know Center in a closed collaboration with Denis Helic from the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science of Graz University of Technology. Authors studied consensus… Read more »

18. January 2018

Paper “Analyzing Knowledge Gain of Users in Informational Search Sessions on the Web” has been accepted to CHIIR 2018.

Web search is frequently used by people to acquire new knowledge and to satisfy learning-related objectives, but little is known about how a user’s knowledge evolves through the course of a search session. This paper presents a study addressing the knowledge gain of users in informational search sessions. Using crowdsourcing, 500 distinct users were recruited… Read more »

16. January 2018

LILE2018 Workshop at ACM WebSci2018

The AFEL team will be organising “LILE2018, Learning & Education with Web Data” ( ) , a workshop on core themes of AFEL project. LILE2018 will be collocated with the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science (ACM WebSci2018, While informal learning and knowledge exchange are inherent to daily online interactions, when searching the Web… Read more »

15. January 2018

Meet AFEL at BIGSSS-CSS Summer School, Bremen, 23 July – 3 August 2018

The AFEL expert Peter Holtz will participate as expert at the BIGSSS Summer School in Computational Social Science. The two-weeks summer school serves as a research incubator linking social science research on conflicts with computational methods of data mining and analysis. During the summer school, participants are introduced to methods of computational social sciences (CSS)… Read more »

13. January 2018

Meet AFEL @ LearnTec

  We are happy to announce that the AFEL project will have a booth at the upcoming LearnTec, from 30. January to 1st of February   Meet our AFEL experts and discuss with them, how learning analytics can improve your everyday learning.   Join the LearnTec and meet us in Halle 2, I46 (see the picture… Read more »

12. January 2018

AFEL Consortium Meeting: 12.-13. December 2017 in Logroño, Spain

Shortly before Christmas, the AFEL consortium meeting was hosted by GNOSS in Logroño, Spain. The goal was to jointly reflect the review results and to create a joint and focussed vision for the last year of the project. The main agenda was circulating three main strands: technical integration, evaluation and dissemination. Regarding the technical integration,… Read more »

Hack@LAK18 – The Hackathon of the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference

For the fourth time the Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK 2018, Sydney, March 5-9) will host a hackathon (Hack@LAK18) dedicated to create an environment where technologists and practitioners can explore, in a hands-on way, open challenges and key research questions in the field of learning analytics. The hackathon includes access to specific data and… Read more »

6. November 2017

Looking at data ethics in Learning Analytics

As part of the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2017, 22/10/2017) in Vienna, the Re-codding Black Mirror workshop looked at both the potential ethical implications of semantic web technologies, and at the solutions they could provide to those issues. The workshop included discussions and debates, collective tasks around identifying potential ethics stories from semantic web… Read more »

AFEL at the CNR Institute for Educational Technologies

Last week, AFEL researcher Stefan Dietze visited the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), namely its Palermo-based Institute for Educational Technologies (ITD), to continue a longstanding research collaboration on AFEL-related topics and deliver seminars at the institute and the University of Palermo. The more research-oriented talk at ITD titled “Analysing User Knowledge, Competence and Learning… Read more »

9. October 2017

AFEL at ECTEL 2017

The European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL) is the premier venue for researchers, practitioners, educational developers, entrepreneurs and policy makers to address current challenges and advances in the field. Unsurprisingly, Learning Analytics is becoming a core topic of interest in this community, as demonstrated by the special theme of the conference this year: ‘Data Driven Approaches… Read more »

25. September 2017

AFEL at LAIR2017 Chile – Expanding horizons

Eduardo Veas and Analía Cicchinelli, from AFEL partner Know-Center, were invited to talk on the topic of Analytics Tools for Knowledge Activities at the LAIR2017 conference in Chile. The talk introduced the tools built at Know-Center for assessment of quality in document repositories and their application to content creation. From knowledge exploration and content creation,… Read more »

30. August 2017

Know-Center represented AFEL at UMAP 2017

The 25th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalisation took place in Bratislava, Slovakia from the 09th to the 12th of July. The UMAP conference is one of the most popular conferences in the area of personalized recommender systems and adaptation services. Know-Center’s Social Computing area, represented by Dominik Kowald has successfully presented a… Read more »

Know-Center & AFEL Paper Presentation at ACM Hypertext 2017

The ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT) is a venue for quality peer-reviewed research on theory, systems, and applications for hypertext and social media. It is concerned with all aspects of modern hypertext research, including social media, adaptation, personalization, recommendations, user modeling, linked data and semantic web, dynamic and computed hypertext, and its… Read more »

AFEL presented at the French eLearning conference

AFEL coordinator, Mathieu d’Aquin, went to Strasbourg last month to present the research challenges and results of the AFEL project at the 2017 edition of EIAH, the french eLearning conference. In his invited presentation, Mathieu focused on the specific challenges associated with doing Learning Analytics in an environment where learning happens across multiple, online platforms… Read more »

29. June 2017

AFEL Meeting in Hannover

From May 10 – 12, 2017 the AFEL project and advisory board meeting took place at the L3S Research Center in Hannover. The project members discussed the current state of work packages as well as presentations and demos of the AFEL project in preparation for the advisory board meeting which took place as part of this meeting… Read more »

15. May 2017

First Release of the AFEL Learning Analytics Dataset

As a research discipline, learning analytics crucially relies on data. Obtaining such dats however is not straightforward, as if data is available locally with the appropriate permissions to be exploited for researcher, it is unlikely to be comparable with other datasets available through other systems. For this reason, the AFEL project is releasing public, stable… Read more »

8. May 2017

Know-Center represent AFEL at IUI 2017

The annual ACM IUI conference took place between March 14th to 16th 2017 in Limassol, Cyprus, for the 22nd time, serving as a forum for the intelligent user interfaces community. Eduardo Veas, Cecilia di Sciascio and Peter Hasitschka from the Know-Center were present at the conference with one paper accepted for the main conference track, one invited paper, four… Read more »

13. April 2017

Report from the EU participatory meeting on Digital Learning

In Monday 27 March 2017, AFEL coordinator Mathieu d’Aquin attended a participatory meeting at the European Commission in Luxembourg on “Digital Learning”. This workshop was a gathering of members of different units from the commission and numerous projects related to digital learning in general. Mathieu introduced AFEL to the other participants, including the members of… Read more »

29. March 2017

AFEL plenary meeting in Tübingen

From February 1 – 2, 2017 the AFEL plenary meeting took place at the IWM – Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien in Tübingen. The project members discussed the current state of work packages as well as research directions and future plans.   The first day kicked off with a quick overview of the ongoing work packages and… Read more »

15. February 2017

Big Data for Learning Analytics – AFEL at LearnTec2017

Between 24 and 26 January 2017, the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre hosted LearnTec 2017, among the world’s largest events for practitioners and researchers in digital education, involving both industry and academia. LearnTec features a fair with 250 exhibitors as well as a conference where selected speakers present the latest in learning technology to an audience… Read more »

25. January 2017

AFEL-related paper accepted at WWW 2017

The A* International World Wide Web Conference 2017 (WWW)  is an annual forum that brings together the most influential researchers of the Web community. Thus, it is a special honour for Dominik Kowald and Elisabeth Lex from the Social Computing area of the Know-Center that their paper “Temporal Effects on Hashtag Reuse in Twitter: A… Read more »

11. January 2017

AFEL Paper @ Complex Networks 2016

Ilire Hasani-Mavriqi from the Social Computing team of Know-Center attended the Complex Networks 2016 Workshop, in which she presented the paper entitled “Semantic Stability in Wikipedia” (download link) that was conducted in terms of the AFEL Project. This work assesses the semantic stability of Wikipedia by investigating the dynamics of Wikipedia articles’ revisions over time…. Read more »

10. January 2017

AFEL in the media – Interview for Checkpoint eLearning

Ahead of his upcoming talk on AFEL-related work at LearnTec2017, Stefan Dietze from the L3S Research Center for basic and applied Web Science of the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, gave an interview to CHECK.point eLearning, a popular Web platform for practitioners in the fields of technology-enhanced and online learning. The interview (currently only available in german) discusses some of the current… Read more »

12. December 2016

GNOSS awarded “Best digital project 2016”

The AFEL partner GNOSS has received an award for their project “The Prado on the Web“. During the ‘IX Premios de la Noche de las Telecomunicaciones’, it was awarded “Best digital project 2016” by the Association of Telecommunication Engineers of La Rioja (AITER). This award comes as yet another acknowledgement for their outstanding work, since… Read more »

11. November 2016

AFEL Paper at ISWC 2016

On behalf of the AFEL project, Besnik Fetahu from the L3S Research Center attended the 15th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC’16) where the work carried out as part of the ongoing AFEL project activities was disseminated. The work focused on a survey of challenges which are faced when using Web data that are part of the… Read more »

Datasets for the Learning Analytics Community

Although learning analytics (LA) is applied increasingly in various learning and education settings, it still lacks publicly available and interoperable research datasets, that would allow the reproduction, experimental evaluation, and benchmarking of algorithms,  methods, and tools. While AFEL has recognised this gap and is currently in the process of gathering a significant amount of activity… Read more »

3. November 2016

Meet AFEL in Graz, 24 – 25 October 2016

The next AFEL plenary meeting will take place at Know-Center GmbH from October 24 to 25, 2016, in Graz. The Know-Center will be the host of the fourth AFEL meeting. As AFEL partner, the Know-Center contributes with its competencies in visual analytics, social network analytics, feature engineering and also human computer interaction. Additional contribution takes place in the exploitation and dissemination… Read more »

17. October 2016

AFEL project meeting in Tübingen

During the last week, several AFEL team members from the L3S Research Center in Hannover visited the IWM in Tübingen for a joint meeting to discuss ongoing collaborations in the AFEL context, particularly concerning  AFEL WP2 on “enrichment” of Web data and WP4 on detecting learning-related notions and cognitive models in Web data. The day kicked of with a… Read more »

22. July 2016

AFEL at the 13th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2016)

Capturing knowledge from data on the Web is a research challenge almost as old as the Web itself, as aptly represented by long-running worldwide scientific events such as the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC). Having reached its thirteenth edition this year, the event that took place in Crete between May 29 and June 3 reflected… Read more »

7. July 2016

Impressions of “The 8th International ACM Web Science Conference 2016”

Web Science is the emergent study of the people and technologies, applications, processes and practices that shape and are shaped by the World Wide Web. Web Science aims to draw together theories, methods and findings from across academic disciplines, and to collaborate with industry, business, government and civil society, to develop our knowledge and understanding… Read more »

4. July 2016

Museo del Prado wins Annual Webby Awards

  The Prado Museum’s digital project, The Prado in the Web, developed with technology, obtains two awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences has developed and established the technology behind The Prado Museum’s digital project. The new website was launched on December 10, 2015, being the first time that The… Read more »

11. May 2016

LILE2016 Workshop – Learning and Education with the Web of Data

Last week saw the 6th edition of the LILE workshop focused on learning & education with the Web of data and strongly related to AFEL research. Following  previous editions, LILE2016 was collocated with the 25th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW2016) in Montreal, Canada. The interactive nature of the event was underlined by engaging talks and keynotes,… Read more »

2. May 2016

Meet AFEL in Hannover, 19-20 May 2016

The next AFEL plenary meeting will take place at the Leibniz University Hannover from May 19 to 20, 2016, in Hannover.   The Leibniz Universitaet Hannover will be the host of the second AFEL meeting. As AFEL partner the L3S Research Center is contributing its expertise and infrastructure in the areas of data analytics, semantic technologies and… Read more »

12. April 2016

Illustration of “Everyday Learning” situations

The AFEL project has assembled situations of everyday learning to make applications for the viewer vivid – free to share, copy and redistribute.   At the AFEL plenary meeting in London the AFEL project team has created a photo series to specifically illustrate situations of everyday learning. They are available under the “Creative Commons Attribution… Read more »

10. April 2016

Open Data for Education book published

A key distinction between AFEL and other Learning Analytics-related projects is that it focuses on ‘Everyday Learning’: Informal or incidental learning that happens outside of educational platforms and systems. For this reason, Open Data are critical to us as a way to collect information about the resources available not only in a specific system but… Read more »

7. April 2016

Meet AFEL in London, 1-3 March 2016

The next AFEL plenary meeting will take place at the Open University in London from the 1st to the 3d March 2016.    

22. January 2016

AFEL supports the LILE “Learning & Education with the Web of Data” workshop

The LILE workshop aims at addressing the technical and interdisciplinary challenges associated with using and publishing web data for learning and teaching by providing a forum for researchers and practitioners who make innovative use of Linked Data for educational purposes, and to discuss, exchange and disseminate their work. It will take place on the 11th… Read more »

6. January 2016

Happy New Year from AFEL

Happy new Year! 2016 promises to be a very exciting year, as January does not only mark the beginning of the new year, but also the second month (out of 36) of the AFEL project. In this first month, we have mostly focused on setting ourself up – creating this website, starting the online presence… Read more »

4. January 2016

AFEL is Live!

The AFEL project has officially started! The 1st of December 2015 is the official start of the project which will last 3 years. The aims are to research the tools necessary to understand and analyse learning activities, the behaviours of learners and the way learning processes occur in online, social and collaborative environment that are not… Read more »

1. December 2015