Learning Analytics and Spelling Acquisition in German - Proof of Concept

Markus Ebner, Konstanze Edtstadler, Martin Ebner

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Abstract

German orthography is known to be quite difficult to master, especially for primary-school pupils in writing texts [cf. 1]. In order to support children with the acquisition of German orthography, we are developing a web-based platform for German-speaking users based on learning analytics techniques. Our goal is to motivate pupils age 8 to 12 to improve their spelling abilities by writing texts and by the possibility to publish them. Concerning spelling in combination with learning analytics the system provides - in case of an orthographic mistake - a specific feedback that encourages pupils to think about the spelling and to correct it. Based on occurred mistakes the teachers and the students are provided with a qualitative analysis of the mistakes. This analysis shows the problematic orthographic areas and gives suggestions for online and offline exercises as well as online courses that are explaining the orthographic phenomena. The aim of this article is to describe the architecture of the web-based system and a proof of concept by evaluating 60 essays. Furthermore, relevant background information is given in order to gain a better understanding in the complex interdisciplinary development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning and Collaboration Technologies. Technology in Education: 4th International Conference, LCT 2017, Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9-14, 2017, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsPanayiotis Zaphiris, Andri Ioannou
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages257-268
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-58515-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2017

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