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[publication] How to Foster Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education #tel #tugraz #research

Our book chapter on „How to Foster Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education“ got published:

In this research work, we deal with the topic of the integration of Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education. Due to the worldwide debate on digitalization in all possible sectors, educational institutions are asking how they can deal with this change and how they can prepare for the future. At Graz University of Technology, a pre-project was started to define a policy, which should help to encourage the start of new projects with a special focus to education. A participatory approach was utilized with the idea that each university member (lecturers, researchers, administrators or students) could provide input. Different measurements across the fields of education, research, administration, and transformation were carried out, summarized and consolidated to provide a final policy. The outcome of this publication will focus on the description of the whole process as well as the summary of the most interesting aspects, which were used for the final policy. Furthermore, an outlook on how the digital policy will be implemented in the following years will be provided.

[Book chapter online]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Hell, T., & Ebner, M. (2019). How to Foster Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education. In A. Elçi, L. Beith, & A. Elçi (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Faculty Development for Digital Teaching and Learning (pp. 402-416). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-8476-6.ch020

[talk] More than a MOOC – Seven Learning and Teaching Scenarios to Use MOOCs in Higher Education and Beyond #mooc #imoox #research #tugraz

I prepared for the „International Seminar on Linguistics and Literature“ held by Fac. of Letters, Universitas Muhammadiyah Purwokerto, in Central Java, Indonesia, a talk about „More than a MOOC – Seven Learning and Teaching Scenarios to Use MOOCs in Higher Education and Beyond„. My main idea was to present how manigfold MOOCs can be used, if the content is available as Open Educational Resource. It is just great to see how flexible online teaching can be.
The talk was recorded and is accessible on YouTube:

[publication] MAKER DAYS for Kids – ein temporärer Makerspace an der TU Graz #tugraz #MakerEducation #fnma

Das neue FNMA-Magazin hatte den Themenschwerpunkt „Lernräume und Makerspaces„. Hierzu haben wir die MakerDays der TU Graz beschrieben und laden auch gerne nochmals zum Fachtreffen am 7.8.2019 ein (Anmeldung kostenfrei).

Die MAKER DAYS for Kids verfolgen in erster Linie das Ziel, Kindern und Jugendlichen im Alter von 10 bis 14 Jahren einen Zugang zu einem (temporären) Makerspace zu ermöglichen, wo sie Anregungen und Unterstützung zum/beim (digitalen) Selbermachen von erwachsenen Tutoren und Gleichaltrigen, den sogenannten Peer Tutoren, erhalten. Die Aktivtäten im Makerspace sollen dabei neue Lernmöglichkeiten eröffnen, die nicht nur auf den Fachbereich der Informatik beschränkt sind.

[Beitrag @ ResearchGate]

Zitationsangabe: Grandl, M., Ebner, M., (2019) MAKER DAYS for Kids – ein temporärer Makerspace an der TU Graz. fnma-Magazin 02/2019. S. 15-18. ISSN: 2410-5244

[publication] Lernräume und Makerspaces #tugraz #fnma #making

Das neue FNMA-Magazin hatte den Themenschwerpunkt „Lernräume und Makerspaces„. Diesen durfte ich betreuen und eine kurze Einleitung dazu schreiben.

In diesem Heft habe wir ein sehr aktuelles und breit diskutiertes Thema uns vorgenommen – Lernräume mit einem speziellen Fokus auf die auch in Österreich anwachsenden Makerspaces. Aus der Pädagogik schon lange bekannt kommt dem Raum wo Lernen stattfindet eine durchaus bedeutende Rolle zu. „Der Raum als 3. Pädagoge“ ist so eine Aussage auf die man in diesem Zusammenhang trifft. Es ist aber natürlich auch einleuchtend, dass Lernen nur dort stattfinden kann wo man sich entsprechend wohl fühlt und durchführen kann was für das Lernergebnis notwendig ist. Umgekehrt gilt das selbstverständlich auch für den virtuellen Raum (Ebner, 2019). Je besser dieser das Lernen unterstützen kann, umso hilfreicher.

[Beitrag @ ResearchGate]

Zitationsangabe: Ebner, M. (2019) Lernräume und Makerspaces. fnma-Magazin 02/2019. S. 13-15. ISSN: 2410-5244

[publication] Automatic Authentication of Students at an Interactive Learning-Video Platform #tugraz #edil19 #edmedia19 #research

Our publication about „Automatic Authentication of Students at an Interactive Learning-Video Platform“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

There are many reasons for the implementation of authentication on learning platforms. For instance, it is required for the teachers to identify individual students if the learning platform offers some kind of assessment. In addition, authentication is the base for a successful monitoring of the attendance of the students. Compulsory attendance is often applied because many positive effects have been reported by authors of several studies. To monitor the attendance at online videos interactive components can be applied. Another benefit of such interactive components is that they help retain the attention of the students. This study was carried out to examine how the students used a video learning platform which provides interactive components of the videos as part of a course offered at Graz University of Technology. Up until now, a major drawback of this platform has been that the students have been required to register manually on the platform. Now, students are able to use the platform without manual registration and authentication, because these steps happen automatically via the main learning platform that provides all of the course materials. Furthermore, the course design and the application of the interactive components, presenting multiple-choice questions, are evaluated. It is pointed out that the concept improves the performance of the students and equips the teacher with valuable feedback regarding the students‘ interests.

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Wachtler, J., Scherz, M. & Ebner, M. (2019). Automatic Authentication of Students at an Interactive Learning-Video Platform. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 569-582). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

[publication] Introducing Electrical Engineering to Children with an Open Workshop Station at a Maker Days for Kids Event #tugraz #research #makereducation

Our publication about „Introducing Electrical Engineering to Children with an Open Workshop Station at a Maker Days for Kids Event“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

The world is changing through the Digitalization trend such as Industry 4.0 where manufacturing transforms from quantity production to individual production. For enabling this transition, we need more skilled professionals in STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) related fields. For this reason, in the last years special STEAM projects have been introduced inside and outside the school environment to attract more children to these fields. One of them is the Maker-Days-for-Kids-concept where a temporary Maker Space is created based on open workshops. In this publication, we introduce a novel electrical engineering station concept for a temporary Maker Space for children. The station will contain basic and advanced workshops to introduce typical tools and methodologies of the electrical engineering domain. Furthermore, we also offer statistics about the station at the event, challenges the attendees had to struggle with as well as the lessons we learned during the event. The evaluation will be used to improve the current workshop concept for future events to increase the interests in electrical engineering.

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Strasser, A., Grandl, M. & Ebner, M. (2019). Introducing Electrical Engineering to Children with an Open Workshop Station at a Maker Days for Kids Event. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 790-799). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

[mooc] Grundbegriffe der Mechanik für technische Anwendungen #imoox #mint #mooc

Der dritte MINT-MOOC – nach den Mathematik– und Informatik-MINT-MOOCs – steht zur Anmeldung bereit. Diesesmal geht es um „Grundbegriffe der Mechanik für technische Anwendungen“ und richtet sich speziell an Studienanfängerinnen und -anfänger. Danke an die Montanuniverstität Leoben für die Erarbeitung der Inhalte.

Das Fach „Mechanik“ bildet eine der zentralen Säulen ingenieurwissenschaftlicher Studien. Der Kurs richtet sich an angehende Absolventen allgemeinbildender oder berufsbildender Schulen, die vor der Entscheidung für ein Studium stehen. Anhand eines einfachen Beispiels aus der Technik sollen die erste Einblicke in die Terminologie des Fachs vermittelt werden. Darüber hinaus sollen die Kursteilnehmer die Herangehensweise des Ingenieurs an praxisrelevante technisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fragestellungen kennenlernen.

Der MOOC ist wie immer vollkommen kostenfrei und man kann sich hier dafür anmelden: [Link zur kostenfreien Anmeldung]

[imoox] MOOC zu „Informatik FIT“ startet am 5.8.2019 #imoox #mooc #mintmooc #tugraz

Der Informatik FIT MOOC auf iMooX.at startet erstmals am 5.8.2019 und wurde in Zusammenhang mit einer Präsenzveranstaltung speziell für unsere neuen Studierenden entwickelt:

Ziel des Kurses ist es, den Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern ein umfassendes Bild der Informatik zugänglich zu machen und ein grundlegendes Verständnis für Prozesse und Vorgänge in der Informatik bzw. der Programmierung zu vermitteln. Es soll gezeigt werden, dass Informatik Spaß macht, stark mit Kreativität verbunden ist und spannende Fragen bereithält.
Während des Kurses wird u.a. die App „Pocket Code“ (https://catrob.at/pc für Android Smartphones, https://catrob.at/PCios für iPhones) zum Einsatz kommen. Mit dieser kostenlosen App können Spiele oder andere Anwendungen direkt am eigenen Smartphone erstellt werden.

Hier gibt es den Trailer zum MOOC:

Der MOOC ist natürlich kostenlos und man kann sich bereits hier anmelden [Anmeldung Informatik FIT MOOC]

[publication] Professor YouTube and Their Interactive Colleagues How Enhanced Videos and Online Courses Change the Way of Learning #youtube #tugraz #research #edil19 #digitalnatives

Our publication about „Professor YouTube and Their Interactive Colleagues How Enhanced Videos and Online Courses Change the Way of Learning“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

Although, videos for teaching and learning have been established for many years, transferring of knowledge has changed tremendously within the past decade. Students increasingly consume learning content via videos. In this context, the triumph of YouTube in becoming a main source for learning is astonishing. In combination with an increasing use of online courses, videos however, also need to be focused from a didactical perspective. This fact is one out of a couple of interesting results from 2018’s survey amongst first-year students of Graz University of Technology. This survey focuses on the student’s IT preferences and competence; it has been executed annually since 2007. Based on more than 9500 datasets, this long-term survey records changes in ownership of students‘ IT equipment, IT driven communicative behavior, and use of apps as well as social media services over a period of twelve years. One further remarkable result is the very clear rejection of Facebook. Currently, even SMS is more frequently used than Facebook. Thus, it can be stated that Facebook is no longer a major platform for first-year students.

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Nagler, W., Haas, M., Schön, M. & Ebner, M. (2019). Professor YouTube and Their Interactive Colleagues How Enhanced Videos and Online Courses Change the Way of Learning. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 641-650). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 14 / No. 12 #ijet #research

Issue 14(12) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Formative E-Assessment and Behavioral Commitment of Students: Case of the Faculty of Science Ben M’sik
  • Automatic Generation and Evolution of Personalized Curriculum Based on Genetic Algorithm
  • MOOC Learning Behavior Analysis and Teaching Intelligent Decision Support Method Based on Improved Decision Tree C4.5 Algorithm
  • The Knowledge Repository Management System Architecture of Digital Knowledge Engineering using Machine Learning to Promote Software Engineering Competencies
  • Teaching Internship in Math Teacher Education
  • Intelligent Knowledge Service System Based on Depression Monitoring of College Students
  • College English Teaching Status and Individualized Teaching Design in The Context of Mobile Learning
  • Design and Implementation of a Teaching Assistance Platform for College Students Based on ASP.NET
  • Experimental Study on Neural Feedback in Embedded System Teaching Processing Based on ERP Signal Analysis
  • Design and Implementation of a College Teacher Training System Based on Client-Server Structure
  • Students Model in Different Learning Styles of Academic Achievement at the University of Phayao, Thailand
  • Influence of the Cognition of Student Entrepreneurs on Decision Making Based on Factor Analysis
  • Attention and its Role: Theories and Models
  • On Designing Blended Learning Environments for Resource-Challenged Communities

[Link to Issue 14/12]

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