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“Datafication of education” in the “ZeMKI” tent on the open campus of the University of Bremen

On the 15th of June 2019 the Open Campus of the University of Bremen took place for the third time. In addition to the many offers of the different departments, the projects of the ifib and the Lab “Information Management and Media Technology” of the Center for Media, Information and Communication Research (ZeMKI) were presented.

F.l.t.r.: Leif Kramp (ZeMKI), Irina Zakharova und Juliane Jarke (ifib)
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Prof. Dr. Juliane Jarke and Irina Zakharova spoke in the afternoon in the ZeMKI tent about the increasing datafication of education and their new project “DATAFIED: DATA For and In Education”. For one it was about the project goals: The analysis of transformation processes in the course of datafication of schools (e.g. the changing understanding of “good school” and the changing relationships and roles of different school actors). Examples which were discussed included the increasing uncertainty on the part of teachers, as a result of new data protection regulations or school rankings. Lastly, the project representatives reported on the upcoming empirical research in partner schools, the planned practical workshops and the Data Festival, which is to conclude the project in 2021.

DATAFIED joint meeting in Braunschweig

The second joint meeting of the BMBF-funded DATAFIED project took place from 6 to 8 May in Braunschweig, in the beautiful premises of the Georg Eckert Institut (GEI). Besides GEI, three other institutes (Helmut Schmidt Universität, Institut für Informationsmanagement Bremen, Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation) are involved in the project, which then had the opportunity to talk about the upcoming fieldwork and research methods.



The joint research project partners from DATAFIED. F. l. t. r. : Jasmin Troeger (GEI), Juliane Jarke (ifib), Sigrid Hartong (HSU), Vito Dabisch (HSU), Felicitas Macgilchrist (GEI), Angelina Lange (ifib), Annekatrin Bock (GEI), Ben Mayer (DIPF), Irina Zakharova (ifib), Andreas Breiter (ifib), Sieglinde Jornitz (DIPF).

The first day belonged entirely to the doctoral students. Together with the scientific director Annekatrin Bock, they discussed their doctoral topics as well as the relevant questions concerning the schools. On the second day of the joint meeting, the subprojects discussed their plans, progress, and open questions. In the intensive interdisciplinary exchange, different perspectives and the cross-cutting issues regarding the datafied School emerged, which will certainly contribute to synergy effects during the course of the project. The last day was dedicated to project organization topics such as the methodological coordination, research data management and the Code of Conduct. In a joint project with four participating institutes, the coordination of the joint approach is an essential part of the project work.

Even though there is a continuous telephone contact and video conferences, working together in person is extremely valuable. The breaks, e.g. in the sun on the terrace, are also of great importance for the team.

In the following weeks, the respective subprojects will further develop the results of the second joint meeting.

The Team is also looking forward to their next meeting in autumn, which will take place in Hamburg.

Datafied-Team visits the Bildungsforschungstagung of the BMBF


Our Datafied-Team at the Bildungsforschungstagung f.l.t.r.:
Jasmin Troeger (GEI), Ben Mayer (DIPF), Sigrid Hartong (HSU), Vito Dabisch (HSU), 
Andreas Breiter (ifib), Annekatrin Bock (GEI).

The BMBF Education Research Conference took place in Berlin from 12th to 13th of March 2019. In two days, research results were presented and discussed covering the topic “Educational worlds of the future”. In addition to the Federal Minister of Education and Research along with numerous other researchers, the team from our DATAFIED joint project was also present and actively participated in the discussions on digitisation and the future of education.

In the course of the subsequent meeting of the Meta project, the opportunity to advance networking within the project had been used.

For further information, please visit the pages of the event or the empirical educational research framework programme.

Kick-off meeting for DATAFIED

From January 17th to 18th the partners of the DATAFIED project assembled for the first quarterly meeting and the official Kick-Off in Bremen.

First look at the joint research project partners from DATAFIED. F. l. t. r.: Jasmin Troeger (GEI), Sieglinde Jornitz (DIP), Sigrid Hartong (HSU), Annekatrin Bock (GEI), Andreas Breiter (ifib), Felicitas Macgilchrist (GEI), Vito Dabisch (HSU), Irina Zakharova (ifib), Angelina Lange (ifib), Juliane Jarke (ifib), Tjark Raabe (ifib), Ben Mayer (DIPF).

The  joint research project is to investigate the effects of progressive digitisation and the associated datafication in the german educational system.

In addition to the coordination and planning of the coming months, the four subprojects were presented in detail. Just as importantly, part of the agenda was getting to know each other personally and exchanging ideas among the individual project members.

The individual subprojects (SP) are dedicated to the investigation of specific sublevels of the educational system in german schools:

  • SP1: Schulaufsicht und Schule (School authorities and school) is devoted to the interface between school authorities and the school. The intention is to identify possible changes in the relations between the organisations, in particular with concern to (external) assessments and consultations.
  • SP2: Schulmanagement- und Schulinformationssysteme(School management and school information systems) analyses the information systems used by the school management. It is investigated how the organisation of schools changes through the use of data and algorithms and to which extent the software developers obtain influence.
  • SP3: Digitale Lernsoftware und Unterricht (Digital learning software and teaching) examines the digital tools used in lectures and analyses the interface between digital learning software and teaching methodologies. They look into how learning software configures certain data practices, educational priorities, and the role of teachers and students.
  • SP4: Lehrkräfte und Schüler*innen im Unterricht (Teachers and students in class) deals with the interface between teachers and students in the classroom. It studies the media use and the related data collection, -surveillance and their analysis, as well as the changing relationships and roles in the classroom.

The coordination of the subprojects takes place at the ifib.