Now you know what makes the difference

Programm 1. The Study Behavior App 
QS_StudyTrackerApp_LogoThis program is all about a simple idea: Learning is all about feedback.

Runners, for example, use apps like the RunKeeper. Research shows that apps like that enhance engagement and results. And people think it is fun. The essence is that the behavior of the runner is tracked and communicated back to the runner in a dashboard. The important part is that the runner himself can give context to the data and decide if he wants to do something with it.

The question is if you can reach the same positive effect if you had a dashboard for Study-behavior. For students? And what should you measure, track and communicate?

Activities so far…
We had three semesters of 30-80 students creating all kinds of prototypes for Study Tracker Apps. Together we have more than 25 prototypes. Below you can find more information on a random selection.

Study Time (Pomagisto)
Pomagisto connects to Magister, an administrative system that is used by 73% of middleschools in the Netherlands. Pomagisto finds out which assignments (tasks/homework/tests) a student has to do. Then it calculates the time that is needed and offers the Pomodoro-technique to students. Finally it measures the time that a student invest in a certain course and compares it with other students.

Group Behavior (NOMI)
The Prototype NOMI is finding out how groups behave and what is the sentiment in a group. They do this by measuring:

  1. How is the group moving (based on WIFI data). Are they together a lot or not?
  2. How are participants in the group feeling?
  3. How does the group compare to other groups?

This way you can predict group dynamics. You can show your teacher/coach when to intervene in the way the group works. Of course some challenges around GDPR have to be worked out, but it is just a prototype.

Time On Campus

Even in our online age offline studying remains very important. New educational frameworks create learning environments in which scheduling is less and less important. Attending classes will be overshadowed by studying on campus, doing group work and competence based education. This means that insight in time on campus becomes more and more important for educational designers and for students. Time On Campus apps addresses this challenge.

The MyRhytm App is an app that measures sleeping behavior and correlates sleeping behavior with study results. Answering the question:

Do you get better results if you sleep better? Or maybe: Are you a morning or an evening student?

Focus & smartphone usage
Coming jan 2018

Alcohol Usage
Coming jan 2018

Noise – levels
Coming jan 2018

Students created a building block for future Quantified Student Apps. The idea is that it becomes very simple to draft and launch

Coming jan 2018

The Next Step is that in 2018 we will start rolling out the most promising prototypes to the general Fontys Student App for 45.000 students.

If you are also creating Quantified Study Apps. Please contact me @ r.vandervorst@fontys.nl

In 2017 Five Delta students created a biometric quantified student app and won the ICTalent Award.