The main goal of the project is to enhance a successful transition from secondary to higher education by means of learning analytics. To this end the project will develop, test, and assess a learning analytics approach that focuses on providing formative and summative feedback to students in the transition. On top of the development of a student dashboard, the project will develop dashboards for the student counselors and teachers, hereby disclosing a vast amount of information that can be used to improve counselling and teaching practices.

To realize this ambitious goal the project gathers a multidisciplinary team of learning analytics researchers, educational technology experts, experts in the transition from secondary to higher education, and practitioners. Thanks to this multidisciplinary team, the project will tackle all the different steps required for the application of learning analytics: data collection, data analysis, data visualization, dashboard design, dashboard development, and last but not least the actual implementation and thorough evaluation of the learning analytics approach.



STELA main project idea

  • focus: transition from secondary to higher education (summer before entering university + 1st year experience)
  • goal: applying learning analytics to support transition
  • student-centered: additional focus to tutors, student advisors or student counselors
  • central characteristics:
    • beyond identifying at-risk students, inclusive approach: feedback for every student
    • beyond single course, focus on entire program
    • provide actionable feedback
      • ability to remediate based on feedback

Four areas of focus:

  1. academic performance
  2. academic engagement
  3. academic skills
  4. academic well-being

Kind of feedback:

  • position of student with respect to his/her peers (positioning)
  • impact of current position on future study pathway (forecasting) by showing how students with similar profile did in the past


WP1-A1: Current situation

WP1-A2: The transition from secondary to higher education and learning analytics: literature survey

WP2-A3: Questionnaires for the transition from SE to HE

WP2-A4: Baseline measurement of challenges in the transition from secondary to higher education

WP4: Data collection for learning analytics

WP5: Data visualization and data analysis for learning analytics

WP6: Case studies

WP7-E1: workshops at SEFI Conference

WP7-E2: workshops at EFYE Conference

WP7-E5: active contribution to international conferences

WP8: Policy Reform


STELA Events

Recent and Upcoming

Date Event Location
June 19, 2017 Invited talk Tinne De Laet at event "The use of e-tools in education" (Dutch) Maastricht (NL)
June 28, 2017 Pre-conference workshop at the EFYE 2017 conference in collaboration with ABLE Birmingham, UK
July 9-14, 2017 Workshop at HCII 2017 with two STELA papers Vancouver (Canada)
Sept. 12-15, 2017 Conference workshop at the SEFI 2017 Azores Island (Portugal)
Sept. 12-15, 2017 Paper presentation at the SEFI 2017 Azores Island (Portugal)
Sept. 26, 2017 Fifth Transnational meeting Leuven (Belgium)

Past events and presentations

Presentation at EADTU_EU 2017 summit - 25 April 2017, Brussels (Belgium)

Plenary of Martin Ebner at Tag der Informatik Fachdidaktik - 29 March 2017, Graz - Austria

Presentation of paper at LAK 2017 conference - 13-17 March 2017, Vancouver (Canada)

Presentation of paper at ICERI 2017 conference - 14-16 November 2016, Seville (Spain)

Presentation to European Commission working group on digital skills and competences - 19 October 2016, Brussels (Belgium)

Keynote by Martin Ebner at Campus Innovation 2016 Converence - 20 October 2016, Hamburg, DE

Keynote by Martin Ebner at eLearning Experts Conference - 20 October 2016, Eisenstadt, AT

SEFI 2016 poster presentation (site) - 13 September 2016, Tampere, FI

SEFI 2016 conference workshop (site) - 13 September 2016, Tampere, FI

EFYE 2016 pre-conference workshop (site) - 4 April 2016, Ghent, BE

LEAP Workshop (site) - 15-16 March 2016, Amsterdam, NL

Transnational STELA project meetings


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