Evonik Digital Research

A joint research project of EVONIK and the University of Duisburg-Essen

Enabling technology for video-based learning and collaboration

This cooperation aims to thrive the digital transformation and to explore the digital pervasion in the context of vocational education and training (VET) at Evonik. Prototypical solutions (“demonstrators”) help to evaluate the suitability in daily use and their implications to business culture. Therefore, a prototypical learning environment for video-based learning has been designed in a participatory process and has been implemented using state-of-the-art e-learning approaches in the beginning of this joint project.

Supporting digitization processes requires both hardware and software solutions. Mobile devices have the potential to enhance learning by providing anytime and anywhere access to information, learning resources and learning activities. The trainees have been equipped with tablet PCs (i.e., IPads) in order to follow a mobile-first digitization process. In addition to the requirements of the psychological perspective to embed didactic components, the design of the software targets active learning using interactive web content in augmentation of learning videos, in particular by embedding in-video quizzes or other interactive tasks. This led to a design of a software prototype for video-based learning with interactive web content using open and standard technologies (cf. Harbarth et al., 2018):

Moodle is a well-known open source learning management system; it can be highly customized and has been adapted for this application context.
H5P serves as a platform for interactive media such as interactive videos with embedded quizzes or any other compound media type that can be serves as HTML5 content.
Learning Locker
Learning Locker is a privacy-sensitive learning record store for learners' traces in the xAPI standard. It provides basic learning analytics support and visualizations in a secured space.

The figure below shows an architecture that consists of the aforementioned sub-components of the software system. It contains mechanisms to capture traces of learners (xAPI and LRS) and to provide intelligent information access.