TOOL – A web browser-based modeling tool and observatory
TOOL is not only a graphical modeling tool designed to make modeling processes more productive. For studying individual modeling processes both under laboratory conditions as well as in online settings, TOOL implements multi-modal observation and data generation techniques complementing different modes of observation of individual modeling processes. Currently, TOOL allows for (1) tracking modeler-tool interactions as timed-discrete events for visualizing modeling processes as heatmaps, dot diagrams, and to allow for stepwise replays of those interactions individually and in comparison with other modelers’ tracked interactions, (2) recording verbal data protocols of modeler’s thinking out loud following the tenets of think aloud research methods (including remotely in online studies), and (3) pre- and post-modeling surveying of studied subjects, e. g. about their prior modeling experience.
TOOL has been applied to both teaching and learning conceptual modeling, e.g., in university courses as well as to research studies on individual modeling processes, e.g., at the University of Hagen, the Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
- Ternes B; Rosenthal K; Strecker S: User Interface Design Research for Modeling Tools: A Literature Study, in Enterprise Modeling and Information Systems Architecture – International Journal of Conceptual Modeling, accepted for publication.
- Ternes B; Rosenthal K; Strecker S: Automated Assistance for Data Modelers: A Heuristics-based Natural Language Processing Approach, in Proceedings of the 29th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2021), accepted for publication.
- Ternes B; Rosenthal K; Strecker S; Bartels J: TOOL–A Modeling Observatory & Tool for Studying Individual Modeling Processes, in Demo Track at the 39th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2020, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, Nov 3–6, 2020.
- Ternes B; Strecker S; Rosenthal K; Barth H: A browser-based modeling tool for studying the learning of conceptual modeling based on a multi-modal data collection approach. in Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik. Siegen, Germany, February 24–27, 2019, S. 1998–2002.
- Ternes B; Strecker S: A web-based modeling tool for studying the learning of conceptual modeling. in Schaefer I, Karagiannis D, Vogelsang A, Méndez D, Seidl C (Hrsg.) Modellierung 2018, Braunschweig, Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., S. 325-328, 2018.
- Ternes B: Design and evaluation of a web-based modeling platform to support the learning of conceptual modeling and of studying the corresponding learning processes. in Proceedings of 8th International Workshop on Enterprise Modeling and Information Systems Architectures (EMISA) co-located with the 29th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE), Essen, Germany, S 138–142, 2017.
- Rosenthal K; Strecker S: Toward a Taxonomy of Modeling Difficulties: A Multi-Modal Study on Individual Modeling Processes, in Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2019), Munich, Germany, December 15–18, 2019.
- Rosenthal K; Ternes B; Strecker S: Understanding individual processes of conceptual modeling: A multi-modal observation and data generation approach, in Modellierung 2020, Vienna, Austria, February 19-21, 2020.