Category: Lectures


It also depends on the learning partner

What is it that determines how effectively students work on a task in the open phases of a school lesson? At the European Conference for Educational Research (ECER) in Budapest we presented our latest research results on this. Of course, a student’s own motivation can explain his or her effectiveness to a large extent. But what is surprising is the strong influence the learning partner has on the learning results. Also similarities between the learning partners have an impact on their effectiveness: The more similar the learning partners’ motivations are, the better they learn together.

Vortragende bei der ECER in Budapest 2015

Participants of the symposium at ECER 2015 in Budapest

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Time on Task in Collaborative Learning – Presentation at Macquarie University

Interested in collaborative learning, games based learning, motivation of learners or video analysis? You won’t want to miss this talk by the University of Hamburg’s Professor Jens Siemon on 7 October.

Professor Siemon will speak about his developments in collaborative learning research using video analysis.

What: “‘Time on Task’ in Collaborative Learning – Influence of Learning Goal Motivation and Group Composition”
Speaker: Professor Jens Siemon, University of Hamburg
When: 10-11am Wednesday 7th of October
Where: E6A116
Who: Anyone interested in collaborative learning, games based learning, motivation of learners, video analysis, quantitative and mixed methods


Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Blog

Seminar on learners’ motivations and video observations at University of Waikato

Professor Jens Siemon, in conjunction with the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, will visit the University of Waikato on 01 October 2015 to speak on learners’ motivations and the challenges of doing video observations in collaborative, game-based learning.

Professor Siemon’s will speak about a current study he is undertaking with Antonia Scholkmann and Kay-Dennis Boom entitled ‘Time on Task’ in Collaborative Learning – Influence of Learning Goal Motivation and Group Composition. This research focuses on the connection between (a) a student’s individual learning goal motivation and (b) the learning partner’s learning goal motivation and the effective learning time spent on a specific task in a collaborative learning arrangement.

Data video observations of 56 students was used from three classes in the field of business education. All students worked on an assigned computer assisted game-based learning task in dyads for approximately eight hours. Subjects were videotaped for the whole time with three different cameras; additionally, each student wore a personalized audiotape recorder (Knigge, Duarte, Nordstrand, Siemon, & Stolp, 2013). All video material was analyzed in a time-sampling procedure using ten second intervals by trained raters using a coding scheme of learning time being on topic’ vs. ‚off topic’.

Learning goal motivation was surveyed with the SELLMO-scales (Spinath, Stiensmeier-Pelster, Schöne, & Dickhäuser, 2002). Data analysis is currently done using hierarchical regression analyses. First results confirm the hypothesis that both learning partners’ goal motivations add to the explained variance when it comes to time spent on the learning task, which is considered the dependent variable in the model.

For more information see Seminar (PDF)
and Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research

Lecture: Assessing the quality of social interactions

Knigge, M., Siemon, J., & Scholkmann, A. (2014, september). Die Erfassung der Qualität sozialer Interaktionen zwischen Schülerinnen und Schülern im Klassenraum am Beispiel von Dyaden beim simulationsbasierten Lernen [Assessing the quality of social interactions between students in the classroom by the example of dyads during game-based learning]. Lectured at AEPF, Hamburg.

Download (pdf, German version): Knigge_Siemon_Scholkmann_AEPF_2014_09_09a_MK

Lecture on multimodal video and audio analysis (MuVA)

Siemon, J., Boom, K.-D., & Scholkmann, A. (2015). Multimodale Video-und Audioauswertungen (MuVA) [multimodal video and audio analysis (MuVA)]. Script presentet at 3. Frankfurter Tagung zu Videoanalysen in der Unterrichts- und Bildungsforschung [3. Conference on video analysis in classroom and educational research, Frankfurt am Main].

Download (pdf, German version): Siemon, Boom & Scholkmann 2015_Multimodale Video-und Audioauswertungen MuVA

Teacher training as a key to digitisation of society

The conference Zukunftssicherung Digitaler Kompetenzen – Herausforderung für Wirtschaft und Bildung  [safeguarding the future of digital competences – challenges for economy and education], held on 27 November 2014 in Hannover by eBusiness-Lotse and partners, focused on how to disseminate eBusiness knowledge and skills in Lower Saxony. Since teachers are important multipliers, my approach ist to identify teacher training as a potential key factor. Still the current state of computer competences and use at school is quite sobering, as the ICILS 2013 study shows. My German presentation contains the most important study results with regard to teacher training and possible ways out of the crisis:

Lehrerbildung – Schlüssel zur Digitalisierung.pdf (5.4 MB)