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[publication] Kosten und Wert von MOOCs am Beispiel der Plattform iMooX #imoox

Unsere Publikation über “Kosten und Wert von MOOCs am Beispiel der Plattform iMooX” ist auf der heurigen GeNeMe-Konferenz präsentiert und auch publiziert worden. Hier gibt es den Beitrag zum Nachlesen:

Zitation: Dreisiebner, S./Ebner, M./Kopp, M. (2014): Kosten und Wert von MOOCs am Beispiel der Plattform iMooX, in: Köhler, T./Kahnwald, N. (Hrsg.): Online Communities: Technologies and Analyses for Networks in Industry, Research and Education, 17. Workshop GeNeMe’14, Gemeinschaft in Neuen Medien: Virtual Enterprises, Research Communities & Social Media Networks, TUDpress, Dresden, S. 191-204.

[publication] The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching

Our article about “The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching” got republished in the Special Issue “Transforming Education through Innovation and Technology” of the elearning papers.

The “Maker Movement” deals with innovative forms of production and do-it-yourself work. It is not only a way for new business models and developments, e.g. using 3D print or other new digital tools and gizmos, but also influencing education. This paper introduces several diverse terms (from FabLabs to Hackerspaces) and gives insights into background, practice and existing experiences from Maker Movement in educational settings amongst all age groups. As a conclusion, the authors present reasons why practitioners and researcher should consider its educational potential. Besides its creative and technological impacts, learning by making is an important component of problem- solving and relating educational content to the real world. Besides this, digital tools for making are not expensive, for example apps for mobile devices or rents for 3D printer (compared with desktops in 1:1 settings). The Maker Movement is seen as an inspiring and creative way to deal with our world, it is aware of ecological challenges and of course, and it is able to develop technological interest and competences casually. Finally, the authors give recommendation for reading for all who got interested in making.

Reference: Schön, Sandra; Ebner, Martin & Kurma, Swapna (2014). The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching [Republished in special issue] . In: eLearning Papers, eLearning Papers Special edition 2014 “Transforming Education through Innovation and Technology, September 2014, pp. 86-100. [.pdf]

[publication] Cloud-based service for eBooks using EPUB under the Aspect of Learning Analytics

Our contribution to 8th International Symposium on Embedded Multicore/Manycore SoCs on “Cloud-based service for eBooks using EPUB under the Aspect of Learning Analytics” is now online available.


Building a cloud-based e-learning platform using the approach of the research field of learning analytics is the overall goal of this research study. With the strengths of a cloud service it is possible to add value to the learning process for all stakeholders. With such a solution, the process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data becomes rather easily.
This research study aims to introduce a novel platform to generate interactive e-books. In order to create digitalized forms of exercise books for primary school children, additional features have to be added to gain acceptance by such an idea. The evolution of new e-book standards as EPUB in its version 3.0 makes it possible to generate those additional features. The developments of the platform as well as each interactive exercise, which can be done are described in detail. Finally the weakness and the strength of the approach is discussed. The study concluded that the approach offers huge potential for tomorrow’s learning behaviors

Reference: Ebner, M., Prettenthaler, C., Hamada, M. (2014) Cloud-based service for eBooks using EPUB under the Aspect of Learning Analytics, Proceedings of IEEE 8th International Symposium on Embedded Multicore/Manycore SoCs, pp. 116-122

[presentation] Open Up Education
 – Bildungsinhalte zugänglich machen

Meine heutige Keynote in Lörrach trägt den klingenden Titel “Open Up Education
 – Bildungsinhalte zugänglich machen“. Ich habe versucht herauszuarbeiten, warum wir Bildungsinhalte öffnen sollten und wie meiner Meinung nach die Vorteile liegen. Hoffe es ist einigermaßen gelungen, über Rückmeldungen freue ich mich wie immer :-) .

[publication] Polling with Mobile Devices on University Campus

Our contribution about “Polling with Mobile Devices on University Campus” is now published in the new book “Advances in Communications and Media Research“.


Mobile devices have become ubiquitous in our daily lives, and they can be used in novel ways to improve or enhance existing use cases and offer new solutions for unsolved problems. One such use case is performing studies, questionnaires and polls. With their unique capabilities and sensors, mobile devices nowadays can contribute to those fields and even offer new ways of data analysis and methodologies.
The combination of technologies in just one device, namely the touchscreen, sensors, web-connectivity and build in GPS tracking, make them a perfect tool for different scenarios and contexts. Some of those, in particular touch-screen technology, can be found in the literature about computer assisted questionnaires and interviews, where the technology was found feasible and in a large number of cases even better accepted as classical methodologies like paper-and-pen questionnaires.
Drawing from those experiences, and with current trends in mobile development in mind, a prototype application for conducting interviews and questionnaires is developed. The main research question is, how the conjunction of automatically tracked geolocation data and questionnaires can be used in a scenario that examines quality of life on campuses across the university. By creating a heat map of location and questionnaire answers, dependencies can be visualized, making them easily detectable. It can be concluded that with the help of mobile devices questionnaires can be enhanced in an implicit way to give a deeper insight in dependencies according to the local places the questionnaires are happening (in our special case on university campus).

Reference: Andrasec, D., Ebner, M., Ebner, T. (2014) Polling with Mobile Devices on University Campus. Stavros, A.V. (ed.). Advances in Communications and Media Research. Nova Publisher, pp. 99-118

[presentation] Open Educational Resources – das Bildungssystem braucht sie

Im Rahmen des Coding-Workshops der Wiener Bildungsserver bin ich gebeten worden eine Keynote zum Thema Open Educational Resources zu halten. Mit dem klingenden Titel “OER – das Bildungssystem braucht sie” versuche ich die gesamte Problematik darzulegen und ein Bewusstsein für freie Bildungsmaterialien zu schaffen.

[publication] Potential of EPUB3 for Digital Textbooks in Higher Education

Our publication about “Potential of EPUB3 for Digital Textbooks in Higher Education” at this year EC-TEL conference is now available.

The e-book market is currently in a strong upswing. This research study deals with the question which practical uses the e-book format EPUB3 offers for (higher) education. By means of a didactic content analysis, a range of interactive exercise types were developed as a result of conversations with teachers. For this purpose, a didactic and technical concept has been developed. Different kinds of exercises were prototypically implemented in an e-book. In summary, it can be remarked that EPUB3 is suitable for a variety of different exercises and that it is able to serve as a basic format for forthcoming digital textbooks. Furthermore the openness of EPUB3 will assist Open Learning and Teaching in a meaningful way.

Reference: Gailer, C., Ebner, M., Kopp, M., Lackner, E., Raunig, M., Scerbakov, A. (2014) Potential of EPUB3 for Digital Textbooks in Higher Education. In: Open Learning and Teaching in Educational Communities. Rensing, C., de Freitas, S., Ley, T., Muñoz-Merino, P. J. (Ed.). Lecture Notes in Computer Science Volume 8719, Springer 2014, pp. 564-565

[Link to .pdf at Springer]

[publication] Introducing MOOCs to Middle European Universities – is it worth it to accept the challenge?

Our contribution to the Special Issue on MOOCs for the International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning is titled “Introducing MOOCs to Middle European Universities – is it worth it to accept the challenge?“.


The paper deals with necessary requirements to implement MOOCs at European universities, by the example of Austria. As the respective general conditions and business environments are obviously different from the university system in the United States the analysis of advantages and obstacles of offering MOOCs is done from a local point of view including lecturers’ and students’ perspectives as well as necessary preconditions that have to be established by the universities and the government. Thereby, challenges in the fields of content creation, the supply of MOOCs, the assessment of knowledge and the development of business models are pointed out and discussed.

Reference: Kopp, M., Ebner, M., Dorfer-Novak, A. (2014) Introducing MOOCs to Middle European Universities – is it worth it to accept the challenge?, International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning, Vol. 2/3, pp. 46-52

[Link to full article (open access)]

[CallForPaper] “E-Learning-Strategien für Hochschulen”

Logo ZFHEDie Ausgabe 10/3 der ZFHE (Mai 2015) steht im Zeichen von “E-Learning-Strategien für Hochschulen” und in unmittelbarem Zusammenhang mit einer Tagung an der Universität Salzburg am 5. Mai 2015. Als Gastherausgeber/innen betreuen das Sonderheft Sabine Seufert (Universität St. Gallen), Michael Kopp (Universität Graz), Bettina Schlass (Blackboard & Moodlerooms) und ich.
Wir möchten mit diesem Call Entwicklungen aufgreifen, da sich gerade im deutschsprachigen Europa auf dem Sektore einiges tut.
Inhaltliche und organisatorische Details finden man im Call, der am ZFHE-Portal unter http://www.zfhe.at veröffentlicht wurde. Sollte es Fragen dazu geben, mich bitte einfach zu kontaktieren :-)


[Call for Paper]
Deadline zur Einreichung eines vollständigen Beitrags ist der
12. Januar 2015.

[presentation] Kosten und Wert von MOOCs am Beispiel der Plattform iMooX

Stefan wird auf der heurigen GeNeMe 2014 Konferenz in Dresden seine Masterarbeit rund um die Plattform iMooX vorstellen. Er hat sich intensiv mit möglichen Geschäftsmodellen von MOOCs beschäftigt, ein Kostenmodell für iMooX erstellt und diskutiert wie eine weiterführende Finanzierung aussehen könnte.
Hier gibt es einmal die Folien seines heutigen Vortrages: