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Study success through digitalization?

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Does digitalization make courses more attractive? What influence does it have on academic success? And how can personalized learning opportunities reduce drop-out rates? Questions like these will be addressed at the digital science conference on March 14 from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., hosted by the LAMASS@DiLea project associated with CATALPA.

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How can we counteract stereotypes in virtual study groups in a meaningful way and thus strengthen the sense of community among students? This is the focus of the project "MULTIDIVERSE-CSCL - Explaining and managing effects of multi-attributional diversity in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning". Jennifer Hochstein (photo) is a member of the DFG-funded research project.

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Give my doctoral thesis more depth and relevance

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How can argumentative essays be evaluated automatically? Doctoral student Yuning Ding is devoting her research to these questions. She recently traveled to Princeton to work with experts from ETS. Let's take a look at Yuning at our leisure.

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A new AI tool against online hate

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A better and safer Internet - that is the goal of Safer Internet Day on February 6. A project by computational linguist Prof. Dr. Torsten Zesch fits in with this: with his help, a new AI tool was developed that recognizes criminal hate messages from social media posts. The tool is intended to facilitate the work of law enforcement authorities. The aim is to detect crimes much more quickly and thus combat crime more effectively.

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New project DECIDE picked up work


Under which circumstances is choice beneficial for students and under which circumstances can it be detrimental? Our scientists adress this research question in the context of new research project DECIDE. They explore the consequences of choice in the context of distance learning and take student diversity into account.

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CATALPA junior research group "Stereotype Threat" convinces reviewers

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The junior research group "Stereotype Threat" under her leadership convinced the external reviewers in the interim evaluation. And today, Laura Froehlich received her habilitation certificate at the Psychology Faculty Council meeting.

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IMPACT: Network meeting and new AI guidelines

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Five universities, four federal states, one common goal: to improve higher education through the use of artificial intelligence and trusted learning analytics. The project partners from Frankfurt, Berlin and Bremen met in Hagen for a hybrid exchange at the halfway point of the IMPACT project.

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International expert panel for AI.EDU-Usecase

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From Australia to China and Siegen to the USA - at the first workshop on "Recommender Systems in Education", Prof. Dr. Claudia de Witt and Prof. Dr. Niels Pinkwart from the AI.EDU Research Lab 2.0 invited international experts to exchange ideas.

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Meet CATALPA: Adaptive learning tailored to students with APLE II


Learning platforms such as Moodle can provide very large cohorts of students with learning material and tasks. But how can these learning platforms really support students in their learning? In the CATALPA project APLE II (Adaptive Personalized Learning Environment II), Niels Seidel and his team are investigating which AI-based tools are most helpful here.

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New results from our InterMINT project

One conference, double output - Judith Sarah Preuß placed second in the Best Poster Award at theGender & STEM Conference 2022 last year, and now a new paper appeared in a special issue that followed the conference. Her research has focused on international students and women in STEM fields, among others.

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New task force on AI in NRW education

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What opportunities does AI offer for the education sector? What are the risks of use? And how can politics promote the productive and trustworthy use of AI tools? Questions like these are being addressed by a newly formed task force made up of academia, practitioners, and several NRW state ministries. CATALPA provides two of the members.

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Framing for the best posters


Making good research visible - that is what CATALPA has set out to do. And framing it in the literal sense, too: As of now, the research center is exhibiting a small sample of it - namely, posters that have been awarded a prize. The first poster is by Franziska Wehrhahn. For her work on "Balancing autonomy and guidance in online learning" with Robert Gaschler and Fang Zhao, she received the "Best Poster Prize" at the ESPLAT educational psychology conference in Umeå, Sweden.

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