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Interactive map for the manufacturers of digital learning software

Section of the interactive map

As part of subproject 3: “Digital learning software and teaching”, an interactive map was created showing the locations of the manufacturers of learning software.  The map can be used in a variety of ways because it has many useful filters and can therefore be used optimally and efficiently for further research purposes. The manufacturers of digital learning software are classified according to location flags in different colours:

  • Level 0: Non-customizable software
  • Level 1: Learning Management (LMS)
  • Level 2: Data Driven Learning with Teacher Decision
  • Level 3: Data Driven Learning without Teacher Decision
  • Level 4: Adaptive Learning
  • Level 5: Intelligent Tutor
  • Level 6: Intelligent Game-Based Learning Environments
  • Level 7: Cognitive (Deep Learning) System

You can find the interactive map here.

DATAFIED-Session at the “DATA POWER: global in/securities”

Guiding the way: The DATAPOWER conference 2019 © Bild: Beathe C. Koehler

On September 12 and 13, 2019 the international “DATA POWER: global in/securities” conference took place at the University of Bremen.  On the second conference day the DATAFIED project had the opportunity to hold the session “DATAFIED: DATA For and in Education – The construction of school in a datafied society” within the framework of a dialogue café.

International Research: Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter (Universität Bremen) und Dr. Lyndsay Grant (University of Bristol) © Bild: Beate C. Koehler

After a few introductory words by Annekatrin Bock on the general setting of the event and the thematic project DATAFIED, the participants embarked on a journey through a total of four stations. Even though the group was small, interesting discussions on the methods used and (surprising) differences between Germany and e.g. Great Britain arose.

Discussion in the Dialogue-Café © Bild: Beate C. Koehler


Third DATAFIED joint meeting in Hamburg

From 23 to 24 September, the third joint meeting of the BMBF-funded DATAFIED project took place at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg.

The meeting was used for an intensive exchange with the partners of the other participating institutions, the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU), the Georg Eckert Institute Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) and the Leibniz Institute for Educational Research and Information (DIPF).

In addition to the reports of the four subprojects on their current status and the interdisciplinary exchange of participants, this joint meeting was marked by the incipient field survey phase. In the course of the year, the subprojects were able to identify many relevant actors who can now be successively interviewed and researched. The coordination and the exchange of experiences in this regard are of great interest for all participants in order to be able to use synergies at an early stage or to face problems together. The discussion about the research methods used was not neglected either. Last but not least, there was an exchange between the doctoral students on their respective work statuses, and the first exposés could also be presented.

In addition, the personal contact between the scientists is a valuable effect of the quarterly meetings. The informal exchange between the individual TOPs and for dinner or lunch together is a pleasant change and considerably improves inter-institutional cooperation.

The next quarterly meeting is expected to take place in December in Frankfurt am Main at the DIPF.

Participation in the workshop “Exploring the Datafication, Digitalization and Automatization of Educational Governance and Practice”

F.l.t.r.: Anne Bock (GEI), Vito Dabisch (HSU), Juliane Jarke (ifib), Jasmin Troeger (GEI)

On September 6th and 7th, 2019 the DATAFIED project team participated in the workshop “Exploring the Datafication, Digitalization and Automatization of Educational Governance and Practice” of the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg. The workshop was organized by Sigrid Hartong and Annina Förschler within the framework of the DFG project “Bildungsdatenmanagement – Neue Wissens-, Interdependenz- und Einflussstrukturen im Kontext der Digitalisierung von Educational Governance“. The agenda of both days was filled with interesting lectures of various international researchers as well as discussion and question rounds on the topic of data archiving, digitisation and automation of educational policy aspects.

In addition, the workshop was divided into four sessions and thus offered a broad spectrum:

  1. International perspectives on the multiple dynamics of data infrastructures in education
  2. Discussing effects of datafication and digitalization for school management and the teaching profession
  3. Methodologies and methods of (researching) big data in education
  4. Broadening the Scope

The workshop was a great opportunity to discuss current topics on an international level as well as to establish and intensify contacts. Thank you very much for the invitation!

For further information on the workshop, please visit the website of the Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg:

Programme of the Workshop

Presentation DATAFIED at ECER 2019

F.l.t.r.: Jasmin Troeger (GEI), Sigrid Hartong (HSU)

From 03rd to 06th September 2019 the ECER (European Conference on Educational Research) took place again on the campus of the University of Hamburg. This year’s conference was held under the theme “Education in an Era of Risk – the Role of Educational Research for the Future” and thus offered an optimal framework for the presentation of the DATAFIED project.

The DATAFIED project was represented on site by Annekatrin Bock, Vito Dabisch, Sigrid Hartong, Sieglinde Jornitz and Jasmin Troeger. At noon on Wednesday, the project was finally introduced to interested listeners in the course of a short lecture.

Further information on this year’s ECER can be found at:

“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)
@ Beate C. Koehler

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.

Second 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.