In this talk I will introduce the emerging technology of
Open Social Student Modeling (OSSM) and review several
projects performed in our research lab to investigate the
potential of OSSM.
OSSM is a recent extension of Open Student Modeling
(OSM), a popular technology in the area of personalized
learning systems. While in traditional personalized systems,
student models were hidden “under the hood” and used to
personalize the educational process; open student modeling
introduced the ability to view and modify the state of
students’ own knowledge to support reflection, selforganized
learning, and system transparency. Open Social
Student Modeling takes this idea one step further by
allowing students to explore each other’s models or an
aggregated model of the class. The idea to make OSM
social was originally suggested and explored by Bull [1; 2].
Over the last few years, our team explored several
approaches to present OSSM in a highly visual form and
evaluated these approaches in a sequence of classroom and
lab studies. I will present a summary of this work
introducing such systems as QuizMap , Progressor ,
and Mastery Grids  and reviewing most interesting
research evidence collected by the studies.