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[GADI, recording] mobile Learning in Sub Sahara Afrika

Die Aufzeichung vom 19.03.2014 aus der heurigen Vorlesung “Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Informationstechnologie” ist nun verfügbar.

  • Margarete Grimus: Mobile Learning: Bildungschancen für Sub Sahara Afrika, zB. in Ghana

[workshop] Mobile Learning – ein Motivator für Lehrende und Lernende

Die Folien zu meinem Workshop über “Mobile Larning – ein Motivator für Lehrende und Lernende?” sind nun online zugänglich. Für Nicht-Workshopteilnehmer: es handelt sich um eine halbtägige Veranstaltung.

[publication] Preparing teachers for a mobile world, to improve access to education

Our article about “Preparing teachers for a mobile world, to improve access to education” for Springer’s Prospectus Journal is now published. You will find the article right here – additionally I published a earlier “draft” version for further discussions.

Recent statistics on the use of mobile technology proclaim that the world is becoming mobile. People use their phones to socialize, to conduct business, to search for information, and more. For the first time in history, people around the world have the potential to learn from any location at their own convenience. But first, education systems must change, to facilitate mobile access to education. As this article describes, the most important change will be training teachers, both in pre-service programmes and through professional development, to use the technology to design and deliver education and to create bridges to informal learning. The article also describes some projects around the world that are helping to prepare teachers for the mobile world, and some pilot projects using the technology. Most such research, however, is limited to short-term studies focusing on learners’ satisfaction with mobile learning. Future studies must consider its long-term benefits and its impacts on performance and retention. As mobile technologies emerge, teachers have to keep up with the changes so that they can take advantage of the power of the technology to design and deliver education.

Reference: Ally, M., Grimus, M., Ebner, M. (2014) Preparing teachers for a mobile world, to improve access to education. Prospectus. 2014. Springer Netherlands. p. 1-­17

[Special Issue] Interaction in Massive Courses

It’s a great pleasure to announce that our Special Issue of the Journal of Universal Computer Science about “Interaction in Massive Courses” is online published. Due to the fact that the Journal is part of the Open Access Iniative all chapters are free downloadable. Thanks a lot to all who made this issue possible :-) .

Table of Content:

  • Editorial: Interaction in Massive Courses [.pdf]
  • Proposal for a Conceptual Framework for Educators to Describe and Design MOOCs [.pdf]
  • Adapting an Awareness Tool for Massive Courses: the Case of ClassON [.pdf]
  • Developing a Web-Based Question-Driven Audience Response System Supporting BYOD [.pdf]
  • Toward Project-based Learning and Team Formation in Open Learning Environments [.pdf]

[GADI14] Mobile Learning & Verdummt uns das Internet?

GADI 2014 - Margarete GrimusHermann Maurer - GADI 2014Ich darf heute, Mittwoch 19.03.2014, wieder herzlich zur Vorlesung “Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Informationstechnologie” an der TU Graz einladen. Der dritte Termin 2014 besteht aus folgendenden Vorträgen:

  • Margarete Grimus: “Mobile Learning: Bildungschancen für Sub Sahara Afrika, z.b. in Ghana
  • Hermann Maurer: “Bedroht und verdummt uns das Internet?

Die Vorträge werden live ab 16.15 Uhr gestreamt (bitte einmalig registrieren) – [Link zum Streamingserver]
Weitere Vorträge/Abstracts findet man hier auf der Vorlesungshomepage.


Our publication about “LEARNING AND TEACHING WITH MOBILE DEVICES AN APPROACH IN SECONDARY EDUCATION IN GHANA” at this year International Conference on Mobile Learning is now online available.


While many developing nations find Internet-based e-learning unsuitable for their needs (lack of technology as well as of accessibility), mobile learning methods – specifically those involving the use of mobile-phones for both formal and informal learning – hold great promise for them (Grimus et al, 2013b). This article examines the chances and challenges of the use of mobile devices to support improvement and transformation of education in a Senior High School in Ghana. It draws attention to the local situation in a field-study looking at infrastructure, development of material and support. A model for teacher training was designed to facilitate teachers’ attitudes and abilities for implementation of mobile learning. The article figures out how mobile devices can be integrated in learning and teaching on the specific background of a school in Ghana. Based on our results we conclude that teachers and students want to use mobile devices in learning. Their perceptions are positive and they developed courses for specific subjects available for eReaders and mobile phones. The results and feedback from two workshops encourage us to propose this model as an example for integration of mobile devices for learning in other regions of Sub Sahara Africa.

Reference: Grimus, M.; Ebner, M. (2014) LEARNING AND TEACHING WITH MOBILE DEVICES – AN APPROACH IN SECONDARY EDUCATION IN GHANA. In: Proceedings of the 10th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MOBILE LEARNING 2014. IADIS, Inmaculada Arnedillo Sánchez and Pedro Isaías (Eds.), pp 66-74.

[lecture] Human Interface Guidelines for iOS-Platforms

Im Rahmen der Vorlesung “Mobile Applications” (mit Schwerpunkt auf iOS) darf ich mich auch heuer wieder um den Bereich Usability & HCI kümmern. Hierzu meine Folien zur Lehrveranstaltung die im Wesentlichen auf diesem Dokument basieren:


Our publication on “TEACHERS LITTLE HELPER: MULTI-MATH-COACH” is now online available in the Journal on WWW/Internet. The articel is free for download right here [download link].


Individual learning is out of sync with the elements of a curricula and the daily program of a teacher. At a time when multidigit multiplication methods are taught, many children are not perfectly performing the basic multiplication table. Teachers organize settings for learning and they usually have no time to give an individual feedback to every single student. Furthermore they have no physiological capacity to produce statistics and to investigate the probable causes of errors. Our goal is to give teachers a tool to help them to review and train some typical requirements for written multiplying. We use the ubiquity of the Internet and provide on different devices free applications with written multiplication problems. All data are collected centrally and are used to determine typical errors. These data could also be used to answer further new questions and test new hypothesis. This is one aspect of Learning Analytics. The given tasks are automatically adapted to the skill level of a student. Teachers can see every detail of the solution process of every task. But really useful is that teachers can see the typical problems of each student as well as of the whole class every time at a glance. They need just a connection to the database with a web browser – anywhere, anytime.
Finally the first evaluation of the system pointed out some remarkable results. Children are learning with the system in the intended way according to the shown learning curves.

Reference: Ebner, M., Schön, M., Taraghi, B., Steyrer, M. (2014) TEACHERS LITTLE HELPER: MULTI-MATH-COACH, IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet, 11, 3, pp.1-12 [.pdf]

[workshop] Social Media and Mobile Learning

Im Rahmen des CAS eLearning Zertifikatkurses darf ich auch heuer das Modul “Sociale Media Learning & Mobile Learning” abhalten. Die dafür notwendigen Unterlagen sind hier nochmals übersichtlich dargestellt.



Als weiterführende Literatur wird das Lehrbuch für Lernen und Lehren mit Technologien empfohlen mit den entsprechenden Kapiteln (Kollaborative Werkzeuge, Mobile Learning), sowie das Kapitel “Web 2.0 als Basis für CSCL-Umgebungen“.

Zur Info für Nicht-Teilnehmer/innen: Es handelt sich um einen ganztägigen Workshop.

[presentation] Ist das Lehrmittel der Zukunft noch ein Buch?

Im Rahmen des 6. Lehrmittelsymposiums bin ich gebeten worden über unsere E-Book-Aktivitäten zu referieren. Unter anderem werde ich auch die Machbarkeitsstudie vorstellen und zeigen welche interaktiven Möglichkeiten mit ePUB3 bereits möglich sind.
Hier einmal die Vortragsfolien dazu: