[mooc] Demokratie MOOC #imoox

Ein sehr spannender und vorallem zu diesen Zeiten wichtiger MOOC ist nun auf iMooX gestartet worden – der Demokratie-MOOC. Wir freuen uns, wenn sie gemeinsam mit uns diese spannenden Inhalte erarbeiten:

Der Demokratie-MOOC stellt ein Curriculum für die demokratiepolitische Bildung dar, wobei die vollständigen Lehr- und Lernmaterialien zur Verfügung gestellt werden. So dient der MOOC einerseits der Weiterbildung von allen interessierten Personen, MultipliaktorInnen, KurserstellerInnen, LehrerInnen oder (Sozial-)PädagogInnen. Andererseits stellt der MOOC auch Materialien und Methoden zur Verfügung, damit sich die Teilnehmenden auch motiviert und in der Lage fühlen, Kurse, Unterricht oder Projekte zur Politischen Bildung zu entwickeln und anzubieten.

Die Anmeldung ist wie immer vollkommen kostenfrei: [Link zur Anmeldung]

[publication] Enhancements in Engineering Design Education at Austrian HTL #reseach #SecondaryEducation

Our contribution to this year International Conference on Engineering Design in Vancouver was titled „Enhancements in Engineering Design Education at Austrian HTL


In 2007, a research partnership program between Austrian schools and universities called „Sparkling Science“ was founded by the Austrian federal ministry of Science, Research and Economy (Birke, 2013). The main objective has been to bring science and schools together, in particular, to increase interest for STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The reason for this project is because of huge demand for engineers both in Austria and in Europe. Through such projects, students of Austrian schools are able to work together with scientists of universities or universities of applied sciences on defined project tasks (Probst et al., 2016). Since 2007 the Austrian vocational school HTL Linz LITEC has conducted three Sparkling Science projects with TU Wien, with two projects focusing introducing product data management (PDM) to engineering design education and the other project focusing on systems engineering.

[Full Paper @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Probst, A., Gerhard, D., Ramseder, N., Ebner, M. (2017) Enhancements in Engineering Design Education at Austrian HTL. In: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vol. 9: Design Education, Vancouver, Canada, 21.-25.08.2017. pp. 1-8

[publication] MOOCs in Engineering Education: First Practical Experiences from two MOOCs #imoox #mooc

Our chapter about „MOOCs in Engineering Education: First Practical Experiences from two MOOCs“ in the book „Handbook of Research on Applied E-Learning in Engineering and Architecture Education“ got published.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a phenomenon of these days. Therefore it seems just a consequent step to carry out research studies how MOOCs can be integrated best in our daily life. This work aims to describe first experiences from the implementation of two MOOCs on a new developed platform. Both courses are related to engineering education: one to physics and one to mechanics. First the concept as well as the development and then also the evaluation is pointed out. It can be concluded that there is potential for educational institutions, but also barriers which must be taken into account.

[Link to full chapter]

[Link to draft version @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Kopp, M., Scerbakov, A., Neuböck, K. (2016) MOOCs in Engineering Education: First Practical Experiences from two MOOCs. In: Handbook of Research on Applied E-Learning in Engineering and Architecture Education. Fonseca, D., Redondo, E. (Eds.). pp. 224-236. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8803-2

[description] iPhone App „Schnittkraftmeister“

Die iPhone App Schnittkraftmeister ist derzeit die erfolgreichste der TU Grazhier habe ich bereits berichtet :-). Nun gibt es auch eine eigene Webseite, erreichbar unter https://schnittkraftmeister.tugraz.at, sowie ein Dokument zur Kurzbeschreibung:


[publication] Playing a Game in Civil Engineering

Our this year publication on „Playing a Game in Civil Engineering“ at ICL 2011 conference is now online available as Draft version. The slides were already published here.

The goal of our research work was to find out whether in-depth learning of complex theoretical engineering knowledge at higher education level could be improved by the use of online games. In this context we addressed the research question to what extent online games contribute to the students learnin goutcome. The corresponding online game was used for the first time during a lecture on Structural Analysis at bachelor’s level with 159 students of the third semester. We used a pre-/post-testdesign with questionnaires and an independent online tracking. As a result we can point out that playing the game did not increase the learning outcome per se and the didactical scenario should be reconsidered. Nevertheless, the usage of the game for learning purposes was underlined by the oral feedback given which says that students enjoyed playing the game more than learning in a traditional way.

Playing a Game in Civil Engineering The Internal Force Master for Structural Analysis

Reference: Zechner, J.; Ebner, M. (2011), Playing a Game in Civil Engineering. – in: 14th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2011) ̶ 11th International Conference Virtual University (vu’11). (2011), S. 417 – 422

[iPhone App] Schnittkraftmeister

Die nächste App der heurigen Vorlesung „AK Medientechnologien – iPhone Development“ ist ab sofort im App-Store verfügbar. Es ist der Schnittkraftmeister 🙂 . Wer mich schon länger kennt, weiß dass dieses Programm den Ursprung während meiner Dissertation hatte, als wir für Bauingenieure Game-Based-Learning Prozesse untersuchten. Um so mehr freut es mich, dass das Programm nun in der iPhone-App seine Fortsetzung findet. Also, auf geht’s, lasst uns Schnittkräfte üben:

Today structures are invariable analyzed by computers and this affects the education of students. One of the skills required is to spot internal force diagrams that can not be right. This is why the „Schnittkraftmeister“ was conceived: Students learn by playing and get a feel for the internal force diagram.

Hier kann die App downgeloadet werden [Link] und alle weiteren verfügbaren Apps der TU Graz findet man hier [iTunes Link].

[publication] How Web 2.0 Enhance Knowledge Construction in Civil Engineering

Our research article about the use of Web 2.0 technologies in Civil Engineering Education „How Web 2.0 Enhance Knowledge Construction in Civil Engineering“ has been published.

At Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) lots of experience using multimedia or internet based applications in higher education has been gathered. Especially in the field of civil engineering we can refer to a seven year long practical employment. During the very first e-Learning boom at universities in Austria in 2001 some projects in the field of civil engineering have been started in order to investigate the possibilities of web-based education. Nowadays a radical change of the Web, often called Web 2.0, offers possibilities, which can change the e-Education dramatically. The use of Wikis and Weblogs lead to a more collaborative teaching and learning process. Podcasts, in the same way as web based software helps to support the learner of today in a much more efficient way as in the years before.
This paper will discuss how modern technologies can be used in the field of Civil Engineering Education and will show a lot of practical examples of today’s effort in this field at TU Graz. The authors conclude that e-Education will play a very important role in the future of higher education. Bearing in mind that learners of today are the working society of tomorrow this change leads to arbitrarily new situations. Has industry to prepare for a new kind of generation?

Reference: Ebner, M. (2009) How Web 2.0 Enhance Knowledge Construction in Civil Engineering, A. Starcic and M. Kovac (ed.), University & Industry – Knowledge Transfer and Innovation, WSEAS Press, Athen, 2009, p. 77-101

Here you will get the Draftversion.