The purpose of the LEAPS project is to develop a self-learning analytics system for adaptive learning. This support system can be integrated into assistive software for struggling readers, supportive software for professional communication, and educational games. In the consortium, partners with a wide range of expertise will work together, including statistics, computer, educational and cognitive sciences, human-computer interaction, software engineering and educational publishing. This highly interdisciplinary collaboration will help create a much needed and marketable solution.
Need for adaptive learning support in business and educational settings
In business communication, written communication skills are becoming more and more vital while written language skills are declining. Companies are aware of the need to provide customized performance support to their employees, but lack the tools to address this challenge. At the same time, educators – especially in Flanders – are responsible for teaching increasingly diverse groups of pupils, many of which require individual instruction. In both contexts, adaptive learning support is needed more than ever. Therefore, the LEAPS consortium aims to develop a cross-domain support solution that measures human performance, follows up on it, and provides personalized feedback.
A multipurpose solution that fills a huge market gap
LEAPS will have an immediate impact on the educational technology products of partners Sensotec, Pelckmans, and BLCC (Business Language and Communication Centre). Currently, the common needs of business communication and education are not addressed, either by in-house knowledge on adaptive learning, or by a commercial solution. As LEAPS will develop a module that provides adaptive support to these audiences both in assistive software for writing and in educational games, it will extend the market for educational software for struggling readers to a much larger market that includes language study, business communication instruction and more.
Making an impact by facilitating learning across multiple use cases
As an innovative learning project with applications in business and education, LEAPS has several project objectives that come with both technical and societal impacts. It aims to:
- reduce the development time of adaptive systems for human learning;
- have a measurable impact on the development of number sense and initial reading skills in children through adaptive educational games;
- improve the accuracy of word prediction in Sensotec’s products WoDy and Alinea by incorporating algorithms that model users’ abilities;
- better integrate adaptive systems in blended learning settings through dashboards for learning analytics that provide useful information about the learning processes of children and adults;
- show that modelling learning activities and skills as linked data improves the application and re-use of analytical models across different use cases.
The LEAPS consortium will develop a self-learning environment that adaptively supports learners’ performance and ongoing learning success. It aims for demonstrated success in the form of enhanced educational software and business communication tools.
LEarning analytics for AdaPtive Support
LEAPS is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen.
It started on 01.10.2016 and is set to run until 30.09.2018.
- Uitgeverij Pelckmans
- imec - IDLab - UGent
- imec - ITEC - KU Leuven
- imec - mintlab - KU Leuven
- KU Leuven - Number Sense consortium
- Research Lead: Wim Van den Noortgate
- Project Lead: Frank Allemeersch
- Program Manager: Steven Van Assche