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1 Introduction

An educational dashboard summarizes and visualizes various information that can be useful to support the learner in the learning process and the teacher in the teaching process.

Synonyms and related terms: Educational cockpit, learner cockpit, teacher cockpit, learning analytics cockpit, learner dashboard, teacher dashboard, learning analytics dashboard.

See also:

2 Learner Feedback

Teachers need to gain primary technology skills in their instructional processes but they will be most successful using technology as a learning tool for their students if they can help students to move into vast domains of knowledge where they might not be experts, and “model their own learning process when they encounter phenomena they do not understand or questions they cannot answer”
(Jonassen, Peck, & Wilson, 1999:22 cited by Keengwe et al., 2008).

3 Teacher Dashboards

“A challenging task for most, if not all instructors, is the task of trying to gauge student interest and learning during the course of a lecture. Under current approaches, it is very difficult to understand how well the students are grasping the lecture while the lecture is in progress.” (Peiper, 2009).

Brown et al. (2006), within the framework of the Open Learning Initiative implemented an Instructor Digital Dashboard.

From research on how students learn, two well-supported principles have emerged that are particularly relevant to addressing these challenges. First, students’ learning improves and their understanding deepens when they are given timely and targeted feedback on their work (Butler & Winne, 1995; Corbett & Anderson, 2001; NRC, 2000, 2001). By “feedback” we refer to corrections, suggestions, cues, and explanations that are tailored to the individual’s current performance and that encourage revision and refinement. Second, for students to benefit from a conceptual framework that organizes the material they are learning, instruction needs to make that framework salient, and students need to practice making connections between related ideas (Eylon & Reif, 1984).
(Brown et al., 2006)

4 Knowledge organization cockpits

The cockpit metaphor combines different aspects of visualization with each other and provides different views and perspectives respectively: 1) Visualization of the same data using the same visualizations with different parameters (Level-of-Details). 2) Visualization of the same data with different linked visualization-types (perspectives). 3. Visualization of different data with the same visualization-types (comparison of information.). 4) Visualization of different data with different visualization-types (aspect-oriented visualization). With the different adjustments of the visualization cockpits, different goals of a learner or information searcher can be achieved and to different requirements can be responded.
(Naezmi et al., 2012

5 Simulation and laboratory cockpits

The eMersion project aims at providing a Web-based environment that supports hands-on experimentation through remote manipulation of physical laboratory devices and/or computer simulation tools. “We have developed the Cockpit environment, which is currently used in Automatic Control, Fluid Mechanics and Biomechanics courses at the School of Engineering, EPFL. The environment provides the student with the possibility to carry out experimentation in a flexible way, i.e. students can follow different learning modalities (Sire, Nguyen & Gillet 2003) to perform multi-session experiments.” (Nguyen, 2004)

6 Examples

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7 Bibliography

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  • Brown, W.E., Lovett, M., Bajzek, D. & Burnette, J.M. (2006). Improving the Feedback Cycle to Improve Learning in Introductory Biology Using the Digital Dashboard. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2006 (pp. 1030-1035). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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