The SSS Dashboard is an application that allows end users to visualize and browse the data collected by the Social Semantic Server (SSS). It provides a set of visual abstractions suitable for learners and trainers to understand a workplace learning process according to the knowledge creation metaphor. The SSS Dashboard offers three visualizations (see Figure 1) that represent different abstractions for visualizing and browsing the SSS data, making special emphasis on the relationships between actors and artifacts.


Represent graphically the data collected from users interactions with learning tools


Offers meaningful abstractions out of the data collected by the SSS


Provide three visualizations that can be exploited for Learning Analytics

Feature list

  • The first visualization lists, and allows to filter, the events collected by the SSS.
  • The second visualization represents a configurable social network of the actors registered by the SSS.
  • The third visualization represents a tag cloud of the tags registered by the SSS.
Figure 1: The social network visualization of the SSS Dashboard.


  • Understand an informal learning practice
  • Detect potential peers
  • Find experts in certain topics
  • Find out the topics of interest in the learning community

Tech specs

The SSS Dashboard was implemented as an independent application that consumes the data offered by the SSS. It was implemented using Javascript.

Its current version, developed for evaluation purposes, extracts the user events from the SSS data from a CSV file. Then it manipulates the data using d3 library in order to infer and represent a semantically-enriched social network (see Figure 1), and an artifact tag cloud.

Current prototype version can be downloaded from here.

The Story

The SSS Dashboard was developed at TLU based on the SSS infrastructure developed at TUG. Its main aim is to support learners and trainers to understand a workplace learning situation. Using the Dashboard the learners and trainers can visualize the several aspects of the learning situation, such as the events that occurred, the relationships between actors and between actors and artifacts, or the topics that emerged in the community of learners.


The SSS Dashboard was employed in a pilot study to test the support of the SSS as a workplace Learning Analytics infrastructure. In this study a group of 10 professional teachers attended a course on how to introduce new technologies and pedagogical techniques into their classes. As part of the course activities, the learners were asked to browse the Web looking for resources that could extend or contrast the information provided by the trainer. Using these resources they were asked to write blog posts where they reflected about their own teacher practice and how to introduce new technology in their own classrooms. The SSS collected the bookmarks and posts submitted by the learners and the tags they used to describe them.

Once the course finished, a trainer and a learner used the SSS Dashboard to visualize the data collected by the SSS. Both of them agreed that by using it they could better understand the learning process. Interestingly, they understood the collaboration among learners as a process mediated by artifacts. During the interview, both of them agreed that the SSS Dashboard was a useful application. However, the trainer found it interesting to understand the learning process, while the learner reduced its potential use to the identification of relevant learning artifacts or to find potential collaborators [1] [2] [3].


Adolfo Ruiz-Calleja, Dominik Kowald, Dieter Theiler, Tobias Ley, Elisabeth Lex



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