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ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT AUTHORS. Caroline Salamin, Noémi Cobolet, Pascale Bouton, Raphaël Grolimund, Mathilde Panes (Bibliothèque de l’EPFL) DOCUMENT TYPE. This document is not a scientific paper, but the course notes of a seminar for PhD students provided by the EPFL Library. This seminar is module 2. VERSION. This is v1.0.8 of the document, updated on May 15, 2018. The latest version of this document is available at http://go.epfl.ch/phd-module2. COPYRIGHT. CC BY-NC-SA Bibliothèque de l’EPFL | This document is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License. ADDITIONAL MATERIAL. Two appendices are handed out at the end of the session: a general appendix (https://www.authorea.com/users/26260/articles/61573/) containing examples and answers; and an appendix specific to the session, created by the participants. The session-specific appendices are not published online. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. The authors would like to thank Vijay Kartik who accepted to take part in the seminar as guest speaker and enrich it with his experience as former PhD students at EPFL. His presentation is available here. The authors also want to thank Vijay Kartik for fixing some minor errors in this document. ABSTRACT. This document is tailored for PhD Students interested in facilitating their writing process. We look at the strategies to improve the findability of your papers by taking advantage of the mechanisms provided by major scientific databases. We then show how to avoid pitfalls of collaborative writing (authorship, versioning and collaborative tools). We finally explain how to properly reuse other works in your publications. The in-class session also includes practical exercises in Authorea.
Dad student interface
AbstractThis paper doesn't present the findings of an experiment. It presents a tool created (and still under active development) to put an specific teaching method, dynamic assessment, into practice through an online dashboard.This paper explores if students felt comfortable with this teahing method, if it helped them take control of their learning and how they felt with this dashboard.Even if the tasks to do where both individual and group tasks, only the individual activities are analyzed. This tool is used for two years, but data presented in this paper are only those collected last year (Fall 2016). Data were anonymised, cleaned and published on Zenodo (10.5281/zenodo.290129).IntroductionIn higher education, most of the time students are evaluated by mid-term and/or final exams. This means that the student's understanding and learning is evaluated on predefined day and that (s)he has to succeed that day. Failing is not allowed, however it could be good to help students learn. The idea was to allow students to fail thanks to a dynamic assessment \cite{sharples_innovating_2014}. Instead of giving student only one bullet, it allows them to fail and learn to improve until they succeed.The Dynamic assessement dashboard (DAD) has been created to assess students dynamically throughout the semester. Giving them the control on their learning (pace, tasks) leads to self-regulation \cite{hattie_visible_2012} and was expected to increase students' motivation. Getting a bonus for completing a set of tasks includes gamification features that supports students' engagement \cite{Hamari_2016}.DAD also includes some gamification mechanics like bonuses \cite{Deterding_2011,muletier_gamification:_2014}. DAD has been created as a personal dashboard. A student can't access another student's dashboard and achievements.DAD is intended to increase students' self-efficacy \cite{Zimmerman_2000} whatever their learning style is. The mix of individual and group activities should help students reach the zone of proximal development as defined by Vygotsky \cite{vygotsky_interaction_1978}.DADThe idea of DAD is born from the combination of the reading of the Open University's Innovating pedagogy 2014 report \cite{sharples_innovating_2014} and the observation of how young children's learning is assessed. The former presents the concept of dynamic assessment to give the learner personalized assessement and the latter is based on simple stamps indicating when a task has been successfully achieved. DAD is an attempt to put that in an online dashboard that displays activities defined by the teacher. All tasks are meant to help students reach the course's objectives. Students choose what to do and when to do it. If the teacher allows it, they can even choose if they want to do it or not.