To mark the near closure of my Rubicon project (end of March), we hosted a symposium on Wednesday February 21 in Bochum.

Below are the details concerning the program, including some photos. Thanks to all participants for attending! 


Symposium topic

When learning or teaching is mediated by technology, these processes leave digital ‘traces’ of a person’s interaction with the digital system. Those traces can be collected, analyzed and subsequently be used to inform the design of support structures to enhance learning or teaching, an approach captured in the term learning analytics.

At the symposium, case studies were presented of how to use traces of digital activity to study and support learning and teaching. The symposium therefore offered a chance to discuss challenges and opportunities associated with this particular approach, both conceptually and methodologically.

Date: Wednesday February 21, 2018

Location: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Building GB (see

Titles of talks

  • Vincent Aleven (Kenneth Holstein, Franceska Xhakaj, Bruce McLaren), Carnegie Mellon University: “Design and evaluation of teacher support tools for different use scenarios involving intelligent tutoring software”
  • Christa Asterhan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: "The digital footprints of psychological distress on social network sites"
  • Tamara van Gog (Margot van Wermeskerken), Utrecht University: “Interpreting visualisations of eye movements”
  • Anouschka van Leeuwen (Nikol rummel), Utrecht University/Ruhr-Universität Bochum: “Teacher dashboards in the context of collaborative learning”

Poster session

Besides attending the invited talks, the audience was welcome to bring a poster of their own research, which were discussed under the enjoyment of coffee and cake.

Symposium program

  • 13.30 – 14:00                    Welcome with small lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30                    Talks 1 and 2 – Anouschka van Leeuwen and Vincent Aleven
  • 15:30 – 16:15                    Poster session with coffee and cake
  • 16:15 – 17:45                    Talks 3 and 4 – Christa Asterhan and Tamara van Gog
  • 17:45 – 18:15                    Closing discussion
  • 18:15 and onwards         Dinner in Bochum (near main station) for who wants to join

Photo impression

Vincent Aleven


Christa Asterhan