Invited-Talk at GUC, Cairo

At the beginning of October, I had the pleasure to talk at the German University of Cairo (GUC) about  Misconceptions, Neuromyths and Dyslexia. Slides are available at SlideShare.

The two-day Teach the Teacher workshop for teaching assistants was organized by Slim Abdennadher (Vice President of Academic Affairs at the GUC ) and Stefan Schneegass (Assistant Professor at the University of Duisburg-Essen).

Press Release:

 

https://www.upf.edu/home/-/asset_publisher/1fBlrmbP2HNv/content/id/217001292/maximized#.W8dSlxMzZTZ

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Call for Participants 2018

Dyslexia Research: Searching for participants

With your collaboration, you would help my research immensely. The goal of our research is to contribute to the development of support tools for dyslexia in any language.

Participants play for 5-10 minutes the game DGames (see Screenshot). This game explores how children with and without dyslexia perceive musical and visual cues.

 

Children at the age of 7 till 12 with or without dyslexia can easily participate in this online study. Only a computer or tablet, headphones, and the Internet are needed.

The child can speak any language as long as the parents or supervisor understands the instructions in English and can translate for the child.

Please if you would like to participate – leave your contact details and I will send you the invitation. Duration only 5 – 10 Minutes.

 

 

 

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Confidentiality

The data for the analysis is pseudonymized. The data will not be given to a third person. By participating in this research, you agree that Universitat Pompeu Fabra will publish the study results. This includes, for example, the results of the game or the interaction with the game. Therefore the data will be first anonymized. After that, the data will be analyzed and published. Within the possibilities, the article of the analysis for the study can be sent to you via the newsletter. Your personal information will not be published. This includes for example name or Email address.

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The project has been awarded with the German Reading Award 2017.

The prototype was designed with the help of five children and five parents who tested the game and the results of  the usability study have been presented 2017 at the research conference Web for all (W4A) in Australia.

The Statistical Analysis of the game measures with 178 participants showed significant indicators to distinguish a person with and without dyslexia.

To make a good prediction we need as many participants as possible! Participants can speak any language! Participants should be either diagnosed with dyslexia or should not show any signs of dyslexia. Please participate!

 

Why do I do that?

bioPicMRaMy name is Maria Rauschenberger and I was detected with dyslexia in the second grade. Since then I successfully achieved my A-Level / Highschool in 2006, graduated my Bachelor of Engineering in 2010 and graduated the Master of Science in 2015. I know how hard it is and how much effort it takes to compensate dyslexia. I know personally more people who have succeeded with dyslexia and have made a success of their lives. I want this possibility for everyone with dyslexia and therefore we need early detection. I want to create support to screen children in an easy and fun way. That’s why I am investigating possibilities with new technologies to screen children. You would really help me to achieve this goal — when you take part in my online study and play the game. Thank you.

Awarded with fem:talent Scholarship

Maria Rauschenberger is awarded wth the fem:talent Scholarship 2017 for her research on Dyslexia.

17.11.2017, Emden.

The University of Applied Science Emden/Leer has awarded for the second time promising students and Ph.D. fellows with the fem:talent Scholarship. The students have to already succeed in their field of expertise or are expected to succeed in the future. The fem:talent Scholarship provides a financial support for a year and a pool to exchange ideas and support.

Maria Rauschenberger  has received the fem:talent Scholarship twice for her research on “playful and early approach to screen children with dyslexia while playing a game”. She will be continuing her work in the next year. “I am very happy to be supported from Emden for the next phase of my Ph.D. topic. This will be hopefully very helpful for  children with dyslexia in the future.” 

2.April. 2018 Update: After the evaluation of the first half, also the second half of the  fem:talent Scholarship (from University of Applied Science Emden/Leer) has been granted.

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v.l.n.r. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Kreutz (Präsident University of Applied Science Emden/Leer ), Maria Rauschenberger, Jutta Dehoff-Zuch (Central equality officer)

Do you wanna support the research on Dyslexia?

The research project is looking for children between 8 and 12 years old with dyslexia and without dyslexia. Only a computer or a tablet, headphones, and Internet are needed.

 

 

Participants can be native speakers of English, Spanish or German.

 

Maria’s advisors are Ricardo Baeza-Yates Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra & CTO of NTENT and Luz Rello Special Faculty en Cargenie Mellon University & Fundadora de Change Dyslexia. Also, special thanks to Prof. Dr. Jörg Thomaschewski from the University of Applied Science for his mentoring.

Press release:

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Presse release from the University of Applied Science Emden/Leer, http://www.hs-emden-leer.de/

— 21.11.2017, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Dyslexia receives the German Reading Award — Dyslexia as an Opportunity.

Once a year the German Reading Award (Deutsche Lesepreis) is presented in Berlin by the Foundation Lesen and the Foundation Commerzbank-Stiftung. Projects in 4 different categories are honored for their approach, engagement or make which have a beneficial effect on reading. Maria Rauschenberger is honored for her Ph.D. idea and pilot study on a playful and early approach to screen children with dyslexia while playing a game.

Maria Rauschenberger Ph.D. Fellow erhält Deutschen Lesepreis 2017 für ihre Promotionsidee „Spielerische Erkennung der Lese-/Rechtschreibstörung“ am 09.11.2017 in Berlin.

 

 

Maria Rauschenberger received the German Reading Award in Berlin for her Research Idea “Playful and Early Screening with Dyslexia while playing a Game”.

Berlin, 09. November 2017:  

Once a year the German Reading Award (Deutsche Lesepreis) is presented in Berlin by the Foundation Lesen and the Foundation Commerzbank-Stiftung. Projects in 4 different categories are honored for their approach, engagement or make which have a beneficial effect on reading. Maria Rauschenberger is honored for her Ph.D. idea and pilot study on a playful and early approach to screen children with dyslexia while playing a game. Her advisors are Ricardo Baeza-Yates Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra & CTO of NTENT and Luz Rello Special Faculty en Cargenie Mellon University & Fundadora de Change Dyslexia.

 

 

 

Thanks to all participants who already played our research game “MusVis”! The Award is therefore also for you! We can only find out the indicators and help people with dyslexia — if people participate in our study. Therefore a big big thank you to you!

Since around 2 years, we search for participants. During this time there have been fantastic people who helped with a lot of effort to find participants. Especially I want to thank

— Lena Klaus, teacher from Peter-Ustinov-Schule in Schleswig-Holstein

— Friederike Hansch, teacher at primary school Ofenerdiek

— Angelika Jobst, head of the library Ofenerdiek

— Peggy Stümpel,  AncoraMentis

—  Monika Batke, Hochschule Emden/Leer

Special thanks to Jeffrey P. Bigham from the Carnegie Mellon University for his contribution to the user study and Emilia Gomez from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra for her contribution on designing the music elements.

Next is the improvement of the approach and application as well as a large-scale study to confirm the pilot study results.

Press release:

— Eckernförder Zeitung

Website Deutscher Lesepreis

Pressemitteilung Commerzbank Stiftung

Hochschule Emden/Leer

— Pressemitteilung Stiftung Lesen

Website Web Science and Social Computing

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Do you want to support us? Children with and without dyslexia at the age of 8 to 12 can play her game from home! Sign up now!

 

 

 

We are nominated for the German Reading Awared

Our Game and Approach are nominated for the German Reading Award “Deutscher Lesepreis 2017”. Out of 281 are we under the last 36 projects from all over Germany. We have been nominated in the category ideas for tomorrow “Ideen für morgen”.

Oldenburg/Barcelona 16.09.2017.

Our Game and Approach are nominated for the German Reading Award “Deutscher Lesepreis 2017”. Out of 281 are we under the last 36 projects from all over Germany. We have been nominated in the category ideas for tomorrow “Ideen für morgen”.

The foundation Stiftung Lesen  and the patroness Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Minister of State Prof. Monika Grütters are awarding in four different categories for the support of reading!

https://www.stiftunglesen.de/presseservice/pressemitteilungen/917

German website version