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Berlin, November 27 - 29, 2019

Pre-Conference Workshop A8

Designing a Runkeeper-type App for Studying - Building and Using “Quantified Student” Apps for Success

Date Wednesday, Dec 5  Time   –    Room Chess   Price: 95.00 €   Status: places available

Workshop leader

OEB speaker Rens van der Vorst

Rens van der Vorst

Fontys University, The Netherlands


If you are a runner, odds are that you use Runkeeper or a similar app to help you perform. These apps collects data, transform it into information, and feed it back to you so you can reflect on your behaviour. Research shows that people who use this type of of app perform better, are more committed, and have more fun.

The challenge in this Pre-Conference Workshop is to design a similar app, but for studying rather than running. It will be an app that collects data toward the goal of improving study success. At Fontys, we have designed more than 20 prototypes, and we are migrating the most interesting ideas to production.

In this Workshop, you are going to design a Runkeeper-type app for studying. You will create mock-ups, storylines and visuals. You will solve all kind of puzzles, ranging from "How can I get the students to use my app?", to privacy, ethics, reliability of the data, and measuring output. Most importantly, you will have a lot of fun doing so!

Target audience

Everyone with TEC skills: technology (a bit), entrepreneurship (a bit), and creativity (a lot)


By the end of this Pre-Conference Workshop, you will be filled to the brim with inspiring ideas for building and using new “quantified student” apps at your own higher education institution. You will also have insights into dos, don'ts and lessons learnt.


14:30 - 14:35 Welcome & Introduction
14:35 - 14:45 What if data knows us better than we know ourselves: an insight in a data driven world
14:45 - 14:55 Explaining the idea of the Runkeeper App for Studying (A Quantified Student App)
14:55 - 15:30 Designing your own App – pitch your idea
15:30 - 16:15 Creating visuals, mockups and storylines
16:15 - 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00 - 17:45 Present your App - Get feedback
17:45 - 17:55 Ethical considerations
17:55 - 18:10 Building a FrameWork of succesfull quantified student apps
18:10 - 18:25 Examples of ideas at Fontys University