Es gibt ein weiteres Video von unserer Personal Learning Environment an der TU Graz, die ja nun schon seit 1,5 Jahren in Betrieb ist [Link zum Start der PLE].
Diesesmal zeigen wir ganz kurz, wie man schnell und einfach Prüfungstermine finden, koordinieren und planen kann. Darüberhinaus ermöglicht das Prüfungsplanerwidget auch, Prüfungen zu bewerten, sodass dies auch bei der Planung berücksichtigt werden kann.
Our publication on “It’s just About Learning the Multiplication Table” got accepted for this year conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2012. We will talk about our research results concerning the project “Intelligent Multiplication Table”. The abstract of our contribution:
One of the first and basic mathematical knowledge of school children is the multiplication table. At the age of 8 to 10 each child has to learn by training step by step, or more scientifically, by using a behavioristic learning concept. Due to this fact it can be mentioned that we know very well about the pedagogical approach, but on the other side there is rather less knowledge about the increase of step-by-step knowledge of the school children.
In this publication we present some data documenting the fluctuation in the process of acquiring the multiplication tables. We report the development of an algorithm which is able to adapt the given tasks out of a given pool to unknown pupils. For this purpose a web-based application for learning the multiplication table was developed and then tested by children. Afterwards so- called learning curves of each child were drawn and analyzed by the research team as well as teachers carrying out interesting outcomes. Learning itself is maybe not as predictable as we know from pedagogical experiences, it is a very individualized process of the learners themselves.
It can be summarized that the algorithm itself as well as the learning curves are very useful for studying the learning success. Therefore it can be concluded that learning analytics will become an important step for teachers and learners of tomorrow.
We are looking forward to meet you in Vancouver to discuss our research results .
Our publication on “First Experiences with OLPC in European Classrooms” is now online as Draftversion available.
For many years now E-learning researchers have been discussing the use of laptops in educational settings. The One Laptop per Child project, (OLPC project), has been used in developing countries since the year 2002 to avoid the increase of the digital divide between those with ready access to technology and those with limited access. Austria has become one of the first countries in the European Union (EU) to start an OLPC-project of its own. The focus of the project was on the use of digital devices in education at elementary school level. Accompanied by a solid research team, which brought teachers, e-learning experts and a software developer together, a first attempt was established. This article will describe the preliminary work and the first real life setting of this project, concluding with the experiences of the whole research group. It will also summarize a recommendation for the transfer of the project to developing countries.
Reference: Ebner, M., Dorfinger, J. & Neuper, W. (2011). First Experiences With OLPC in European Classrooms. International Journal on E-Learning, 10(4), 343-‐364. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Teaching as well as attending lectures in big lectures halls is an often-usual situation in middle European universities. Bearing in mind that a huge mass of learners leads to a decrease of lecture-student interactivity during lectures, the research work aims to enhance traditional face-to-face teaching by technology. The well-known and widely usedmicroblogging platform Twitter is used to display questions, notices and ideas on a wall just in time. Therefore a so-called TwitterWall is developed by Graz University of Technology concerning special pedagogical needs. Afterwards a first use in a big lecture is pointed out and discussed. The publication concluded that the use of Twitter in combination with specifics oftware can help to enhance lecture interactivity in mass-education.
Reference: Ebner, M. (2011), Is Twitter a Tool for Mass-Education?, 4th InternationalConference on Student Mobility and ICT, Vienna, p. 1-6