Higher Education Learning Platform for Quantitative Thinking
|Project Leader:||Dipl.-Inform. Cord Hockemeyer|
Aire Raidvee, PhD (University of Tartu, Estonia)
|Project Lifetime:||01.09.2019 - 31.08.2022|
Understanding of, critically reflecting on and communicating of statistical information and quantitative concepts has become a fundamental skill and competence for an informed and active citizen in a modern society. There is a worrying trend, particularly in the social sciences, that requires urgent attention. An increasing number of results reported in the literature and media are not replicated, misleading or plain wrong (Galek et al., 2012; Boekel, et al., 2014; Leek, McShane, Gelman, Colquhoun, Nuijten, Goodman, 2017; McNut, 2014; Open Science Collaboration, 2015). The underlying problem seems to be inaccurate or inappropriate use of quantitative methods and thinking. If this trend remains unchecked, valuable research money will be wasted and the reputation of entire research programmes in the social sciences (Kahnemann, 2012) and in other disciplines (Ioannides, 2005, 2014) may be destroyed.
Ideally, teaching quantitative thinking would be based on interactive activities supervised by several experts so that a student continuously receives personalized feedback. If however teaching is delivered face-to-face or in a traditional classroom format, then this would be very costly and time-consuming. We need adaptive and personalized learning tools, available online to a large and diverse group of students. Such tools would promote quantitative reasoning, reflection and communication. It is planned to develop the e-learning system QHelp that allows both adaptive assessment of competencies and skills, and personalized learning. The QHelp platform will merge into a single integrated e-learning platform two important types of tools for e-learning: the massive open online courses (MOOC) and the intelligent tutoring system (ITS).