Three master’s theses successfully supervised

This week we had theses defences in Tallinn University Institute of Informatics. Three of my students from the educational technology master’s programme defended their theses successfully.

Tuuli Perolainen studied the use of learning analytics in workplace learning. More specifically, she was interested how existing cloud services could be used for tracking workplace learning with xAPI. Three main components used were Lectora Inspire authoring tool, SCORM Cloud as a hosting site and learning records store, and Watershed LRS as additional learning records store for visualizations. The study showed the possibilities and limitations of existing services and their implementation of xAPI.

Kadri Riis studied how digital technologies could be used in youth work. She used Edukata participatory learning design method to develop three learning scenarios for youth centres. The scenarios were about video editing, outdoor learning games using QR-codes and studying electricity using Makey Makey. According to my knowledge, her thesis should be the first publication outside iTEC project about using the Edukata method. In practice, Edukata method worked really well with youth workers. This thesis also extended Edukata method with a visual language for describing the learning activities (the still unnamed visual language for describing learning activities is currently under development in our research group).

Elo Sepp studied the use of monitoring devices in youth football. She conducted interviews with youth football experts in 5 countries and did a survey among youth football coaches, players and their parents in Estonia. In addition, she evaluated the use of Zephyr BioHarness monitoring system in three football clubs. As a result of the thesis, she provided a number of recommendations for developing ICT solutions for youth football and improving trainers’ education on using these solutions. This thesis was co-supervised with Kristjan Port from the Institute of Health Sciences and Sports.

All the theses should be published in the coming days in our institute’s repository. The theses are in Estonian but have summaries in English.

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