Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support (PELARS)
A European project looking at how teachers, learners and technologies can support one another in hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering and math.
Practice-based Experiential Learning Analytics Research And Support (PELARS) is a project about learning and making. We are studying how people learn about science, technology and mathematics when they use their hands as well as their heads.
We’re making some real technologies (kits, electronics systems, and sensor systems in the classroom) that help teachers and learners understand what’s going on when people do science and math in the classroom. We’ll be doing this with high schools, undergraduate engineering and masters courses in interaction design and related fields, as we have a sense there might be something to be understood commonly across all these different environments. The end result of all this should help support teachers and learners, classrooms and STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) education overall.
We’re hoping to bridge the qualitative (human experience) and quantitative (machine and sensor tracking) aspects of learning, as well as hoping to create a new “kind” of learning analytics (for practice based learning tasks). Put another way: The project will result in learning analytics tools for practice-based STEM learning that are appropriate for real-world learning environments.
This project project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstrations, under grant agreement 619738.