Lostrego: a distributed stream-based infrastructure for the real-time gathering and analysis of heterogeneous educational data Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2017

start page

  • 56

end page

  • 68

volume

  • 100

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 1084-8045

electronic international standard serial number (EISSN)

  • 1095-8592

abstract

  • The quick technological evolution of the last decades has also reached learning environments, where the use of networked computing devices such as laptops, smartphones, tablets, IoT devices, servers, etc. is continuously growing. In particular, those computerized learning environments have the potential to track the activity of teachers and students in them, which enables the development of innovative applications that enrich the learning process by analyzing the collected data. The majority of related work in this field has been centered on batch gathering and analysis of the data. However, in order to integrate more reactive applications, there is a need for an infrastructure that enables the real-time collection and analysis of data in learning environments. Such an infrastructure should be scalable and flexible enough to cope with heterogeneous data coming from different types of learning settings. This paper presents Lostrego, a stream-based, modular, scalable and flexible distributed infrastructure that allows the gathering and analysis of educational data from heterogeneous data sources in a real-time fashion. Lostrego applications are composed by interconnected services that can be reused in different courses. The results of the evaluation of Lostrego in two editions of a computer programming course with 233 students and 384,702 gathered events are also reported.

keywords

  • Educational systems
    Learning analytics
    Data streaming
    Publish subscribe infrastructure
    Service-oriented
    Real-time learning analytics