Thomas Staubitz

Thomas Staubitz
Hasso Plattner Institute · Research Group Internet Technologies and Systems

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Introduction
I'm a researcher and lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute, working on the openHPI MOOC platform and research project. I'm particularly interested in teamwork in scalable e-learning contexts and scalable assessment beyond multiple choice tests. My focus is on peer assessment and team peer assessment but I also have a strong interest in auto-gradeable hands-on programming exercises.
Additional affiliations
July 2020 - present
Hasso Plattner Institute
Position
  • Lecturer
April 2013 - June 2020
Hasso Plattner Institute
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Research interests: Scalable assessment beyond multiple choice, automated assessment of programming tasks, peer assessment, team peer assessment, collaboration and team work. Platform development and online teaching
April 2011 - December 2011
Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Investigating options to improve the existing Moodle LMS by extending it with E-Portfolio, Document sharing, and Video Management features.
Education
April 2013 - July 2020
Hasso Plattner Institute
Field of study
  • Computer Science, E-Learning
April 2009 - March 2011
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Field of study
  • Media and Computer Science
April 2006 - March 2009
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin
Field of study
  • Media and Computer Science

Publications

Publications (73)
Conference Paper
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Teamwork is an an important topic in education. It fosters deep learning and allows educators to assign interesting tasks, which would be too complex to be solved by single participants due to the time restrictions defined by the context of a course.Furthermore, today's jobs require an increasing amount of team skills. On the other hand, teamwork c...
Conference Paper
This Research-to-Practice paper examines the practical application of various forms of collaborative learning in MOOCs. Since 2012, about 60 MOOCs in the wider context of Information Technology and Computer Science have been conducted on our self-developed MOOC platform. The platform is also used by several customers, who either run their own platf...
Conference Paper
The ability to work in teams is an important skill in today's work environments. In MOOCs, however, team work, team tasks, and graded team-based assignments play only a marginal role. To close this gap, we have been exploring ways to integrate graded team-based assignments in MOOCs. Some goals of our work are to determine simple criteria to match t...
Thesis
Lifelong learning plays an increasingly important role in many societies. Technology is changing faster than ever and what has been important to learn today, may be obsolete tomorrow. The role of informal programs is becoming increasingly important. Particularly, Massive Open Online Courses have become popular among learners and instructors. In 200...
Technical Report
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Der KI-Campus ist vor zwei Jahren in einer Beta-Version online gegangen. Anlässlich dieses Jubiläums stellt das Konsortium zentrale Arbeiten und Ergebnisse des Projektzeitraums 2019-2022 vor. Mit einem starken Netzwerk an Partnern konnten vielfältige innovative Lernangebote entwickelt und zahlreiche Lernende und KI-Interessierte erreicht werden. Üb...
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In 2017, Geoffrey West published his book "Scale" in which he examined universal laws of scale in different contexts. Inspired by his keynote in 2021's Learning@Scale conference, we investigated the applicability of these laws in the context of Massive Open Online Courses and learners' behavior. We tested these laws on different learning platforms...
Research Proposal
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Since the Covid19-pandemic, digital teaching in higher education institutions has taken on an unintended but all in all a significant momentum (Pausits et al., 2021). Overnight, institutions were forced to switch at least partly to exclusively full distance teaching. This also helped MOOCs to gain further momentum, as it was precisely these courses...
Article
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) remarkably attracted global media attention, but the spotlight has been concentrated on a handful of English-language providers. While Coursera, edX, Udacity, and FutureLearn received most of the attention and scrutiny, an entirely new ecosystem of local MOOC providers was growing in parallel. This ecosystem is h...
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Im Zuge des zweiten Universitätssemesters unter Pandemiebedingungen war nicht nur die Durchführung von digitalen Veranstaltungen eine Hürde, sondern auch die Frage nach den Prüfungen und Klausuren. Losgelöst von Institut, Fachbereich und Standort mussten Lehrende eine Antwort auf technische, organisatorische und rechtliche Fragen finden. Die vorlie...
Article
The COVID-19 pandemic generated an unprecedented global demand for learning about the disease and how to manage it. This paper draws on the World Health Organization (WHO)'s experience of COVID-19 knowledge-transfer to a worldwide audience of millions of learners registered on OpenWHO, WHO's massive open online course platform. It aims to illustrat...
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The COVID-19 pandemic generated an unprecedented global demand for learning about the disease and how to manage it. This paper draws on the World Health Organization (WHO)'s experience of COVID-19 knowledge-transfer to a worldwide audience of millions of learners registered on OpenWHO, WHO's massive open online course platform. It aims to illustrat...
Book
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Conference proceeding of the EMOCs 2021 confernce in Potsdam (Germany)
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Online learning environments, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), often rely on videos as a major component to convey knowledge. However, these videos exclude potential participants who do not understand the lecturer’s language, regardless of whether that is due to language unfamiliarity or aural handicaps. Subtitles and/or interactive tra...
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We report on a systematic review of the landscape of peer assessment in massive open online courses (MOOCs) with papers from 2014 to 2020 in 20 leading education technology publication venues across four databases containing education technology-related papers, addressing three research issues: the evolution of peer assessment in MOOCs during the p...
Conference Paper
The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) successfully operates a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) platform since 2012. Since 2013, global enterprises, international organizations, governments, and research projects funded by the German ministry of education are partnering with us to operate their own instances of the platform. The focus of our platform...
Chapter
Our digital and geographically distributed society faces great challenges nowadays in managing communication between people—who in most cases—have never met each other before. This is particularly relevant for institutions working with peers that interact in remote environments where team collaboration is an essential driver of strategic innovation...
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Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have become popular in various regions of the world through the years. Since 2008, this phenomenon has received plenty of attention from higher education and universities across countries began to produce these courses. The countries of Europe and the United States are the world's leading producers of MOOCs and r...
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This workshop proposes specifically soliciting contributions and presentations from initiatives, programs, and platforms around the world. While many of these may already be pre-sented at the full conference, we are also interested in more casual experience reports, case studies, and background presentations from individuals more closely acquainted...
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new educational possibilities for learners around the world. Most of the research and spotlight has been concentrated on a handful of global, English-language providers, but there are a growing number of regional providers of MOOCS in languages other than English. In this work, we have partnered with...
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2020 Association for Computing Machinery. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new educational possibilities for learners around the world. Most of the research and spotlight has been concentrated on a handful of global, English-language providers, but there are a growing number of regional providers of MOOCS in languages other than Engl...
Conference Paper
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are an interactive eLearning course format, originally focussing on social collaboration and interaction. Considering this, why do most of the nowadays MOOCs provide only few interactive course elements, but instead resemble classic teaching methods? Gameful learning is one possible option how to employ more enga...
Preprint
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new educational possibilities for learners around the world. Numerous providers have emerged, which usually have different targets (geographical, topics or language), but most of the research and spotlight has been concentrated on the global providers and studies with limited generalizability. In this...
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Eine digitale Lernplattform, die Kompetenzen zu Künstlicher Intelligenz stärkt: Das ist ein neues Pilotvorhaben des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung. In den ersten drei Jahren sind Studierende eine Hauptzielgruppe – und Hochschulen sind aufgefordert, sich zu beteiligen.
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This paper presents the process and results of applying a qualitative learner-centered approach in redesigning the Collab Space, a virtual space for groups and teams to work on their assignments at the German MOOC provider openHPI. We followed the Stanford design thinking model in assessing the functionality of the Collab Space and prototyped and t...
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Since their inception, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have generated significant attention from students and particularly lifelong learners. This has led to increased interest from academic institutions to develop their own online platforms or to collaborate with other existing platforms, such as edX, to offer their MOOCs. This chapter focuses...
Research
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Like many other sectors, today's education and training system is heavily disrupted - digitization, new technologies and changing learning needs pose immense challenges, particularly to the higher education sector. In this context, the popularization of online education has strongly accelerated in the past few years, especially through new technolo...
Presentation
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Presentation for my 2019 Learning@Scale paper
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Computer science education in German schools is often less than optimal. It is only mandatory in a few of the federal states and there is a lack of qualified teachers. As a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider with a German background, we developed the idea to implement a MOOC addressing pupils in secondary schools to fill this gap. The cours...
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With the increasing use of graded team-based assignments on our MOOC platforms-openHPI, openSAP, and mooc.house - we see the need to consult the opinion of our course participants about their perception of these tasks and the sufficiency of the platform support. Since we introduced the feature in May 2016, seven courses that included team-based ass...
Conference Paper
MOOCs are arriving to the business sector. Especially within Human Resource Development and customer training. While some companies offer their own MOOCs, a few companies use external MOOCs to complement their HR offers. However, the awareness and perception level among HR managers in general is still lower as expected. On the other hand, many lear...
Book
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MOOCs, and open education in general, are providing new learning opportunities for millions of people. Investments in and the uptake of MOOCs are more and more significant worldwide. The 2018 OpenupEd trend report on MOOCs presents the latest innovations and developments in MOOCs from a European perspective.
Preprint
This work presents insights about the long-term effects and retention rates of knowledge acquired within MOOCs. In 2015 and 2017, we conducted two introductory MOOCs on object-oriented programming in Java with each over 10,000 registered participants. In this paper, we analyze course scores, quiz results and self-stated skill levels of our particip...
Conference Paper
A typical problem in MOOCs is the missing opportunity for course conductors to individually support students in overcoming their problems and misconceptions. This paper presents the results of automatically intervening on struggling students during programming exercises and offering peer feedback and tailored bonus exercises. To improve learning su...
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Teamwork and collaborative learning are considered superior to learning individually by many instructors and didactical theories. Particularly, in the context of e-learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) we see great benefits but also great challenges for both, learners and instructors. We discuss our experience with six team based assignm...
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The article outlines five findings and seven key trends for (potential) corporate MOOCs based on a recent study and the evaluation of pilot runs of three corporate MOOCs in 2017 and 2018. MOOCs and their digital successors could become a game- changer in business education and disrupt the way how companies grow talent and employees improve career p...
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Auto-gradable hands-on programming exercises are a key element for scalable programming courses. A variety of auto-graders already exist, however, creating suitable high- quality exercises in a sufficient amount is a very time-consuming and tedious task. One way to approach this problem is to enable sharing auto-gradable exercises between several i...
Article
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Programming tasks are an important part of teaching computer programming as they foster students to develop essential programming skills and techniques through practice. The design of educational problems plays a crucial role in the extent to which the experiential knowledge is imparted to the learner both in terms of quality and quantity. Badly de...
Conference Paper
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have left their mark on the face of education during the recent years. At the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany, we are actively developing a MOOC platform, which provides our research with a plethora of e-learning topics, such as learning ana- lytics, automated assessment, peer assessment, team-...
Conference Paper
Despite the importance of competencies in computer science for participation in the digital transformation of nearly all sectors, there is still a lack of learning material and technically experienced teachers in German schools. In the paper at hand, we investigate the potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for secondary education. School...
Conference Paper
Programming tasks are an important part of teaching computer programming as they foster students to develop essential programming skills and techniques through practice. The design of educational problems plays a crucial role in the extent to which the experiential knowledge is imparted to the learner both in terms of quality and quantity. Badly de...
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Die Glaubwürdigkeit und Überprüfbarkeit der Zertifikate ist ein wesentlicher Bestandteil von jeglicher Form von zertifiziertem Training. Diese Aussage gilt natürlich auch für MOOCs. In diesem Kontext kommt allerdings erschwerend hinzu, dass eine individuelle, persönliche Beaufsichtigung der Prüfungen tausender TeilnehmerInnen offline nur schwer zu...
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In many MOOCs hands-on exercises are a key component. Their format must be deliberately planned to satisfy the needs of a more and more heterogeneous student body. At the same time, costs have to be kept low for maintenance and support on the course provider's side. The paper at hand reports about our experiments with a tool called Vagrant in this...
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The paper at hand introduces CodeOcean, a web-based platform to provide practical programming exercises. CodeOcean is designed to be used in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to teach programming to beginners. CodeOcean’s concept and implementation are discussed with regard to tools provided to students and teachers, sandboxed and scalable code e...
Conference Paper
This paper at hand describes the design and implementation of an analytics service to retrieve live usage data from students enrolled in a service-oriented MOOC platform for the purpose of learning analytics (LA) research. A real-time and extensible architecture for consolidating and processing data in versatile analytics stores is introduced.
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have revolutionized higher education by offering university-like courses for a large amount of learners via the Internet. The paper at hand takes a closer look on peer assessment as a tool for delivering individualized feedback and engaging assignments to MOOC participants. Benefits, such as scalability for MOOCs...
Conference Paper
In recent years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a phenomenon offering the possibility to teach thousands of participants simultaneously. In the same time the platforms used to deliver these courses are still in their fledgling stages. While course content and didactics of those massive courses are the primary key factors for the su...
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Credibility is a central feature for every certified training. The same applies for MOOCs. Individual supervision of participants in study centers reaches its limits when having thousands of students. Thus online proctoring as a means to handle the amount of participants in MOOCs seems to be a suitable way to increase certificate valuation. We comp...
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In recent years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a phenomenon presenting the prospect of free high class education to everybody. They bear a tremendous potential for teaching programming to a large and diverse audience. The typical MOOC components, such as video lectures, reading material, and easily assessable quizzes, however, are...
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In recent years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs—particularly, platform-based or so called xMOOCs) have become a phenomenon presenting the prospect of free high class education to anyone by offering the possibility to teach thousands of participants simultaneously. MOOCs are a highly effective and valuable tool in the context of life-long learni...
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The paper at hand evaluates the Massive Open On- line Course (MOOC) Spielend Programmieren Lernen (Playfully learning to program), an effort to scale the youth development program at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) for a larger audience. The HPI has a strong tradition in attracting children and adolescents to take their first steps towards a car...
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Massive Open Online Courses have gained more and more popularity in the recent years. Video Content contributes a vital aspect of the learning experience in MOOCs. The paper at hand proposes ways to optimize the video experience in MOOCs. Single stream videos will be considered as well as the openHPI's dual stream video player. openHPI is the MOOC...
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This paper presents our findings of a comparison study conducted on three iterations of a MOOC run on our platform openHPI. We present the main facts shared by the courses and the planned as well as occurred differences. Additionally, we discuss the added technical features such as user groups along with the expected and actual outcomes. We relate...
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High dropout rates and poor user participation are some of the major challenges for xMOOC providers. Similar to others, openHPI also faces these problems. Gamification is a mechanism that recently has been successfully employed to raise user motivation in web applications. A concept to gamify the openHPI platform has been proposed and implemented....
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Particularly in the context of education and e-learning, the topics social interaction and collaboration have been a little strained during the recent decades. Particularly, stakeholders1 with an educational background often criticize that xMOOCs follow an approach that is too close to traditional frontal instruction; that they lack sophisticated o...
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Particularly in the context of education and e-learning, the topics social interaction and collaboration have been a little strained during the recent decades. Particularly, stakeholders1 with an educational background often criticize that xMOOCs follow an approach that is too close to traditional frontal instruction; that they lack sophisticated o...
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A lot of research has been done in maintaining and increasing the intrinsic motivation of learners within online courses. Especially in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), where, due to the high amount of course participants, personal supervision cannot be offered this is crucial to avoid high dropout rates. The users’ journey into the world of on...
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The process of assessment grading does not end on publishing the grades and assessment results. Often, discussions about single grades arise in post-exam reviews. While in traditional teaching and smaller online classes this can be handled on a per-user based approach, in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with thousands of e-assessment submission...
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There is a great demand for hands-on training in engineering education. In the context of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), assessing these experiments manually by teaching assistants is not possible owed to the high number of participants and the resulting workload for the teaching team. Systems for machine-based assessment of coding tasks are...
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openHPI is the educational Internet platform of the German Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), Potsdam. The HPI offers massive open online courses covering different subjects in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on the platform. Five courses have been concluded after one year of operation in German as well as in English language, each wit...
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been one of the major trend topics of the last years within the e-learning community. Many companies, such as Coursera, edX and Udacity, launched MOOCs offering a broad range of topics. In this paper, the authors will take a look at the mobile support of different MOOC providers. Use cases and benefits of mo...

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