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[publication] Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It #makereducation #research

Our contribution to the Edurobotics conference 2018 got published right now. According to the title „Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It“ we described our first Makerdays 2015.

When makerspaces are designed for children, special motivation and reasoning needs to be made. Within this article, we describe a case study: A temporary four-day open makerspace for about 40 children per day. Motivation, considerations and the development process as well as the actual realization are described and discussed. We comment on how such a space for children and adolescents should be arranged for future studies. As described, considerations in terms of participation, peer tutoring and gender mainstreaming influence the design of the space, the methods used, as well as the general setting.

Abstract of the publication

[article @ publisher’s homepage]
[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Schön S., Ebner M., Grandl M. (2020) Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It. In: Moro M., Alimisis D., Iocchi L. (eds) Educational Robotics in the Context of the Mak-er Movement. Edurobotics 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 946., pp. 3-15 Springer, Cham

[CallForPapers] Special Issue „Computational Thinking“

We are very happy, that we can announce a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on „Computational Thinking“ for the open access journal „future internet„. Of course we would love, if you find some time to make a contribution.

Most important: Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020

I made a website for further informations [Link] or you find it also at the journal’s homepage. In any case do not hesitate to contact us for any question.

[publication] Open educational resources in continuing adult education: development in the German-speaking area #OER #research

Our article about „Open educational resources in continuing adult education: development in the German-speaking area“ got published in the Journal „Smart Learnining Environment„. We aimed to give a short overview about the situation in the german-speaking area.

Open Educational Resources (OER) allow many different uses in educational work that are excluded from traditional materials by copyright laws, such as modifying and republishing existing materials. This article examines the current role of OER in the field of adult education in German-speaking area, especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Although nowadays the topic of digitization is given a high strategic importance in continuing education in Switzerland, OER plays just a subordinate role there.

Website Smart Learning Environment

[full article @ publisher’s homepage]
[full article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Schön, S. & Ebner, M. (2019) Open educational resources in continuing adult education: development in the German-speaking area. Smart Learn. Environ. (2019) 6: 25. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40561-019-0111-4

[journal] Hochschuldidaktik der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung #zfhe

Die neueste Ausgabe der Zeitschrift für Hochschulentwicklung (ZFHE) beschäftigt sich mit der Hochschuldidaktik im Rahmen der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung. Wie immer sind alle Artikel Open Access 🙂


  • Editorial: Hochschuldidaktik der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung
  • Zukunfts-Wissen im Diskurs: Eine Didaktik Wissenschaftlicher Weiterbildung für organisationspädagogische Professionalisierung
  • Weiterbildung an Hochschulen als Leerstelle der Hochschuldidaktik und Berufsbildungsforschung – Probleme und Perspektiven
  • Bedarfsorientierte Curriculumentwicklung aus der Praxis für die Praxis am Beispiel der Entwicklung eines weiterbildenden Masters of Public Management
  • Weiterbildung von Führungskräften: Beispiel einer Wissenschaft-Praxis-Kooperation
  • Heterogenen Lernendengruppen in der wissenschaftlichen Weiterbildung im Bereich Public Health begegnen
  • Heterogener Studierendenschaft begegnen. Maßnahmen zur Flexibilisierung des Studiums an der TU Dresden
  • Wissenschaft-Praxis-Projekte als kleinformatige und individualisierte Weiterbildungsangebote
  • Tandem Teaching – Kooperative Lehre und Einbindung hochschulexterner Lehrpersonen
  • Professionalisierung als Programm. Vom Versuch, durch die rekursive Anwendung von Gestaltungsprinzipien eine Leerstelle der Hochschuldidaktik zu füllen
  • Individualisiertes Lernen mit Computer begleitetem Lernen
  • Wettbewerb und Kooperation in der Nutzung von Absolventenstudien in der Schweiz
  • Weiterentwicklung von Praktikumskulturen in der hochschulischen Lehrer/innenbildung durch Begegnungen im Third Space

Die gesamte Ausgabe gibt es hier [ZFHE Bd. 14 Nr. 4 (2019)]

[publication] The Missing Link to Computational Thinking

Congratulations to my PhD-student who did his first publication about a literature research to computational thinking. His work got published right now in Future Internet, enjoy the great reading.

After a lengthy debate within the scientific community about what constitutes the problem solving approach of computational thinking (CT), the focus shifted to enable the integration of CT within compulsory education. This publication strives to focus the discussion and enable future research in an educational setting with a strong focus on the Austrian circumstances and the goal to allow wide international adoption later on. Methodically, a literature review was conducted to gain knowledge about the current strands of research and a meta study to show the diversity of proposed and materialized studies. Three main questions were answered, establishing that CT as an idea is rooted in scientific literature dating back to the 1980s and grew in popularity after Wing introduced the concept to a broader audience. A number of authors contributed to the current state of the field, with the most cited review coming from Grover and Pea. The challenge to integrate CT in curricula around the world was met by many experiments and case studies but without a conclusive framework as of yet. Ultimately, this paper determines that expert integration is a blank spot in the literature and aims to create a strong, inclusive path to CT education by inviting practitioners.

[Full article @ journal’s homepage]
[Full article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Pollak, M.; Ebner, M. (2019) The Missing Link to Computational Thinking. Future Internet 2019, 11, 263.

[workshop] Learning Management Systeme und Open Educational Resources #LMS #OER #tugraz

Im Rahmen des CAS eLearning Zertifikatkurses darf ich morgen das Modul „Learning Managment System und Open Educational Resources“ abhalten. Die dafür notwendigen Unterlagen sind hier nochmals übersichtlich dargestellt.

VORMITTAG: Learning Management Systeme

  • „LMS“: Learning Management Systeme – ohne geht’s auch nicht beschäftigt sich mit Learning Management Systemen. Sowohl technische und didaktische Aspekte kommen zur Sprache und auch wie man solche Systeme in Unternehmen/Bildungsinstitutionen einführt.

NACHMITTAG: Open Educational Resources

Als weiterführende Literatur wird das Lehrbuch für Lernen und Lehren mit Technologien empfohlen mit den entsprechenden Kapiteln.
Zur Info für Nicht-Teilnehmer/innen: Es handelt sich um einen ganztägigen Workshop.

Seven teaching and learning scenarios with MOOCs | Sieben Lehr- und Lernszenarien mit MOOCs

We produced a folder as a short overview about our research work with MOOCs called „Seven teaching and learning scenarios with MOOCs„. The research based on interviews with educational experts and their work with MOOCs over 5 years.

The folder is available in english and german on slideshare (for embedding) as well as .pdf (for download):

[Download folder (english) (.pdf)]
[Download folder (german) (.pdf)]

[publication] Development of a Quiz – Implementation of a (Self-) Assessment Tool and its Integration in Moodle #elearning #eassessment

Our publication about „Development of a Quiz – Implementation of a (Self-) Assessment Tool and its Integration in Moodle“ got published in the new issue of the Journal of Emerging Technologies for Learning (i-JET).

Technology Enhanced Learning has become more popular in recent times and many organizations and universities use it as a key instrument in various teaching and training scenarios. At the University of Technology of Graz, some courses require randomized quizzes where question variables can be assigned by arbitrary mathematical functions and this feature is missing in the current solutions. This article describes the development of a quiz application that can be integrated into Moodle by utilization of the Learning Tools Interoperability protocol (LTI). The PHP application is built to support programmable questions that can contain JavaScript and HTML code. Teachers are able to build interactive, randomized quizzes, in which the random variables can be assigned with complex mathematical functions. Furthermore, the application provides a programmable grading mechanism. With this mechanism, it is possible for students to self-assess their performance, as well as for teachers to formally assess their students‘ learning success automatically and send the results back to Moodle (or other LTI compatible consumer applications).

(Homepage i-JET)

[Full article @ ResearchGate]
[Full article @ Journal’s Homepage]

Reference: Schweighofer, J. , Taraghi, B., Ebner, M. (2019) Development of a Quiz – Implementation of a (Self-) Assessment Tool and its Integration in Moodle. Journal of Emerging Technologies for Learning, 14(23). pp. 1414-151

[presentation] Implementation of Interactive Learning Objects for German Language Acquisition #master #tugraz

Marko hat seiner Masterarbeit rund um das Thema Interactive Learning Objects für das Projekt IDeR-Blog geschrieben. Hier die Folien seiner Verteidigung:

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 14 / No. 24 #ijet #research

Issue 14(24) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Using Learning Analytics to Improve MOOC Instructional Design
  • Customer Journey Construction of the Indonesian Open-Education Resources Platform
  • Attitude and Behavioral Intention to Develop and Use MOOCs among Academics
  • Development of Mobile Self-Monitoring Tool Prototype Based on User-Centered Design
  • Sequence to Sequence Model Performance for Education Chatbot
  • Enhancing Students’ Reasoning Skills in Engineering and Technology through Game-based learning
  • Learning Aids of Risk Assessment Apps For Practical Engineering Student: A Case Study
  • A Proposed Heutagogy Framework for Structural Steel Design in Civil Engineering Curriculum
  • Utilization of Contextual Knowledge Elements in 3D CAD Model Visualization from the Perspectives of Practicing Engineers
  • Implication of Active Learning Techniques in Learning Thermodynamics Energy Conversion using BLOSSOMS Thermodynamics Energy Conversion Video towards Engineering Undergraduates Performance
  • Preliminary Development of MyAras: Level 1 Mobile Virtual Lab
  • Mathematical HOTS Cultivation via Online Learning Environment and 5E Inquiry Model: Cognitive Impact and the Learning Activities
  • Instilling Low Carbon Awareness through Technology-Enhanced Cooperative Problem Based Learning
  • Physics on the Go: A Mobile Computer-Based Physics Laboratory for Learning Forces and Motion
  • Challenges in ICT Integration among Malaysian Public Primary Education Teachers: The Roles of Leaders and Stakeholders

[Link to Issue 14/24]

Nevertheless, if you are interested to become a reviewer for the journal, please just contact me :-).