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Ishari Amarasinghe defending her PhD thesis today!

Ishari Amarasinghe defending her PhD thesis today!



Ishari Amarasinghe is defending her PhD thesis "The Orchestration of Computer-Supported Collaboration Scripts with Learning Analytics" today.  The thesis has been supervised by Davinia Hernández-Leo and Anders Johnsson. 

With the following reading committee:

President: Dr.  Yannis Dimitriadis (Universidad de Valladolid)
Secretary: Dr.  María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana (Tallinn University)
Member: Dr.  Juan Manuel Dodero (Universidad de Cádiz) 


Ishari's PhD research derived the following publications:


Amarasinghe, I., Hernández-Leo, D., Manathunga, K., & Jonsson, A. (2018). Sustaining continuous collaborative learning flows in MOOCs: Orchestration agent approach. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 24(8), 1034–1051. 

Amarasinghe, I., Hernández-Leo, D., & Jonsson, A. (2019). Data-informed design parameters for adaptive collaborative scripting in across-spaces learning situations. User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction, 29(4), 869–892. 

Amarasinghe, I., Hernández-Leo, D., Michos, K., & Vujovic, M. (2020). An actionable orchestration dashboard to enhance collaboration in the classroom. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies. (in press).

Amarasinghe, I., Hernández-Leo, D., & Hoppe, H. U. (submited). Teacher dashboards for the orchestration of CSCL scripts - comparing mirroring and guiding approaches. 


Amarasinghe, I., Hernández-Leo, D., & Jonsson, A. (2017). Intelligent group formation in computer supported collaborative learning scripts. In M. Chang, N. Chen, R. Huang, Kinshuk, D. G. Sampson, & R. Vasiu (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th IEEE International Conference on Advanced  Learning Technologies (ICALT 2017) (pp. 201–203). IEEE.

Amarasinghe, I., & Hernández-Leo, D. (2019). Adaptive orchestration of scripted collaborative learning in MOOCs. In M. Scheffel, J. Broisin, V. Pammer-Schindler, A. Ioannou, J. Schneider (Eds.), Transforming Learning with Meaningful Technologies - 14th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2019) (Vol. 11722, pp. 591–594). Springer. 46

Amarasinghe, I., Hernández-Leo, D., Manathunga, K., Beardsley, M., Bosch, J., Carri´o, M., Chac´on-P´erez, J., Jimenez-Morales, M., Llanos, D., Lope, S., Martinez-Moreno, J., Santos, P., & Vujovic, M. (2020). Collaborative learning designs using PyramidApp. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on University Teaching and Innovation (CIDUI): Beyond Competencies: New Challenges in a Digital Society. (in press).


Amarasinghe, I., Hernández-Leo, D., & Jonsson, A. (2017). Towards data-informed group formation support across learning spaces. In L. P. Prieto, R. Martinez-Maldonado, D. Spikol, D. Hernández-Leo, M. J. Rodríguez-Triana & X. Ochoa (Eds.), Joint Proceedings of the Sixth Multimodal Learning Analytics (MMLA) Workshop and the Second Cross-LAK Workshop co-located with 7th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK 2017) (Vol. 1828, pp. 31–38). Available:

Amarasinghe, I., Vujovic, M., & Hernández-Leo, D. (2020). Towards teacher orchestration load-aware teacher-facing dashboards. In M. N. Giannakos et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Cross-MMLA in practice: Collecting, annotating and analyzing multimodal data across spaces co-located with 10th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK 2020) (Vol.  2610, pp.7–10). Available: