Future direction for german digital education strategy

A new direction for the German digital education strategy?

The German government has organized on the 22nd of February 2021 an online-event regarding a future strategy on digital education. The event was a mix of political intention statements and some advertisement of existing initiatives. What I found remarkable was that there is still the vision, that any overarching OER platform would solve any problems with education despite this has failed on the European level already many years ago. The video of the discourse is embedded below.

Visualizing the discourse

To get a fast overview about the main topics of the discourse I have hacked together a short R-script to produce a tagcloud from the most used meaningful words in the discourse.

# We first install the Youtubecaption library
# Now we import the captions from the video
url <- ""
caption <- get_caption(url, language ="de")
# Now we need to make a document-term-matrix from the content 
my_corpus <- corpus(caption$text)
# Extending the stopwordlist with a more extended one from Github
ger_stopwords <- read_lines("")
custom_stopwords <- setdiff(ger_stopwords, stopwords("german"))
# Constructing the 
meine.dfm <- dfm(my_corpus, remove_numbers = TRUE, remove_punct = TRUE, remove = c(stopwords("german"), custom_stopwords))
meine.dfm.trim <- dfm_trim(meine.dfm, min_docfreq = 1, min_nchar = 3)
# Visualizing the matrix
textplot_wordcloud(meine.dfm.trim, min_size = 1, max_size = 2, max_words = 100)

This code takes the full transcript from youtube, builds a corpus, removes stopwords and visualizes the most frequent words in the resulting tagloud.

Tagcloud from the event
Tagcloud from the event
Marco Kalz
Marco Kalz
Professor of Digital Education and Open Education

My research interests is on open education, pervasive technologies and formative assessment to support (lifelong) learning and knowledge construction.