Today I will give a short introduction to our e-Learning activities at Graz University of Technology.
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.
My publication about “Is Twitter a Tool for Mass-Education?” at this year S-ICT conference in Vienna is now online available. The slides have been already published here.
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
Auf der heurigen EADiM Konferenz haben meine Kollegen Walther Nagler und Ypatios Grigoriadis einen Vortrag über “Podcast De Luxe” gemacht und dabei die derzeitig laufenden Forschungsarbeiten an der TU Graz präsentiert:
My today’s talk at Vienna University of Technology at this year S-ICT conference on Virtual Mobility, will be about our research results and experiences in the use of the microblogging tool Twitter for Mass-Education.
Enjoy the slides:
Auf der 6. e-Learning Fachdidaktik Tagung in Wien präsentiert Martin Böckle unsere Ergebnisse zu Game Based Learning. Es wurde für Schulkinder eine Geospiel entwickelt, in dem sie einfach geographische Punkte in Österreich erlernen können.
Im Rahmen der 100 Meinungen zu E-Learning von e-teaching.org durfte ich auch mal kurz dazu was sagen – naja, besser ist es nicht geworden:
Our publication for this year ICHL 2011 conference on “EduPunks and Learning Management Systems – Conflict or Chance?” is now online available. The Slides are already published here.
The term Edupunk coined by Jim Groom defines a do-it-yourself concept of using the most recent Web tools available for teaching, instead of relying only on commercial learning platforms – it is the information, the content, the knowledge which matters. Technology itself does not make education valuable per se, it is the creation of individual knowledge which is of paramount importance. However, today, so much free technology is available, which can be used as hands-on tools to enhance learning and teaching of students. However, in this article, we demonstrate that such issues can also be included in a large university wide LMS, which has been developed at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) during the last years. The development was initiated by the necessity to emphasize and implement three crucial factors for learning: communication, active participation and social interaction. We assess the potential of current Web 2.0 technologies for implementing such factors. We show that the development process was not technology driven; on the contrary, end user requirements of all end user groups engaged into university learning (students, teachers and administrators) were thoroughly investigated and mapped onto functional components of the LMS. Finally, we provide an overview of the platform functionalities with an emphasis on Web 2.0 elements and EduPunk concepts.
Reference: Ebner, M.; Scerbakov, N.; Tsang, P. .; Holzinger, A. (2011). EduPunks and Learning Management Systems – Conflict or Chance?. Pro- ceedings of International Conference on Hybrid Learning IHCL 2011. Springer Lec- ture Notes in Computer Sciences LNCS 6837. p. 224 – 238
Our presentation at this year International Conference on Hybrid Learning about “EduPunk and Learning Management Systems – Conflict or Chance?” is now online available: