LEA’s BOX is a STREP funded by the European Commission
under the 7th framework programme. The project started in
March 2014 and runs for 34 months. LEA’s BOX is a rather
small scale project with only 4 partners: The Knowledge Technologies
Institute of Graz University of Technology, Austria and the
University of Birmingham, UK. These two universities will
drive the research and development work. In addition there
are two busness partners, Scio from the Czech Republic and
Sebit from Turkey. The partners work in the field of learning
technologies and educational services and will provide the
project with large scale data and, most importantly, access
to a great number of schools.
result of LEA’s BOX is a web
platform for teachers and learners which
» provide links to the existing
components and interfaces to a broad range of educational
data sources. This way, teachers are able to link the
various tools and methods that they are already using
in their daily practice and that provide software APIs
(e.g., Moodle courses, electronic tests, Google Docs,
etc.) in one central location. Lea's Box offers a well
defined internal API and features xAPI for a borad interoperability.
» Lea's Box provides a set of existing
tools and Web services to provide an initial set of functions
for teachers. These components support activity tracking,
domain modelling, or visualization of educational data. Lea's
Box features: myClass, myActivities, an integrated concept
mapping tool, a configuration and domain modelling tool, various
visualization modules, a complete OLM system, a external tool
to gather teacher and self-assessment data, and an xAPI configurator.
» Lea's Box hosts innovative,
theory-driven LA/EDM services, empowering educators to conduct
competence-based analysis of rich data sets. As indicated
in the figure below, we provide modular components to filter,
streamline, and aggregate data from various sources, to analyse
and interpret these data, and to store them safely. Special
considerations lie on data protection and privacy requirements.
The set of modules and services and data streams is controlled
by an intelligent superordinate component, the central executive.