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A Visual Dashboard to Track Learning Analytics for Educational Cloud Computing

Instituto de Instrumentación para Imagen Molecular (I3M), Centro Mixto CSIC—Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Sensors 2019, 19(13), 2952;
Received: 10 April 2019 / Revised: 1 July 2019 / Accepted: 2 July 2019 / Published: 4 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Sensors Technology in Education)
Cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) stand out as useful platforms to teach distributed computing concepts as well as the development of Cloud-native scalable application architectures on real-world infrastructures. Instructors can benefit from high-level tools to track the progress of students during their learning paths on the Cloud, and this information can be disclosed via educational dashboards for students to understand their progress through the practical activities. To this aim, this paper introduces CloudTrail-Tracker, an open-source platform to obtain enhanced usage analytics from a shared AWS account. The tool provides the instructor with a visual dashboard that depicts the aggregated usage of resources by all the students during a certain time frame and the specific use of AWS for a specific student. To facilitate self-regulation of students, the dashboard also depicts the percentage of progress for each lab session and the pending actions by the student. The dashboard has been integrated in four Cloud subjects that use different learning methodologies (from face-to-face to online learning) and the students positively highlight the usefulness of the tool for Cloud instruction in AWS. This automated procurement of evidences of student activity on the Cloud results in close to real-time learning analytics useful both for semi-automated assessment and student self-awareness of their own training progress. View Full-Text
Keywords: visual learning analytics; learning analytics; learning dashboards; cloud computing visual learning analytics; learning analytics; learning dashboards; cloud computing
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Naranjo, D.M.; Prieto, J.R.; Moltó, G.; Calatrava, A. A Visual Dashboard to Track Learning Analytics for Educational Cloud Computing. Sensors 2019, 19, 2952.

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