[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 16 / No. 4 #ijet #research

Issue 16(04) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • The Case for a Cost-Effective General-Purpose Computer Cluster for Small Colleges
  • A Conceptual Framework for Integrating Gamification in eLearning Systems Based on Instructional Design Model
  • Developing Students’ Learning and Innovation Skills Using the Virtual Smart Classroom
  • Education Between GovTech and Civic Tech
  • Mobile and Web-Based Support in Overcoming Behavioral Difficulties of Adolescents
  • „Start-Up“ in E-Learning Mode as a Basic Project of the Final Year of Entrepreneurship Education
  • Portrait-Based Academic Performance Evaluation of College Students from the Perspective of Big Data
  • Improving the Teaching Ability of Dance Major Courses
  • Digitalization of Modern Education: Problems and Solutions
  • Survey of Machine Learning Techniques for Student Profile Modeling
  • Training Model and Quality of College Students in English Major
  • Distance Learning of a Foreign Language – Necessity or Future
  • Digital Competences in the Elderly and University Students: Didactic Interaction from the Use of Social Networks
  • Cultivation Model for Autonomous Learning Ability of Japanese Majors
  • Examining the Role of Engaging in Research Activities with Digital Technologies for Graduate Students’ Success
  • Application of Blockchain Technology in Cultural and Creative Design and Education
  • Implementing E-learning Training toward English Virtual Lecturers: The Process, Perspectives, Challenges and Solutions
  • Modeling of a Smart University Social Network for the Development of Soft Skills in a Professional Environment (SUSN)
  • Effects of Using Digital Tools on the Process of Memorization

[Link to Issue 16/04]

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[telucation] TELucation website is available in englisch language #telucation #tugraz

We are very happy to announce that our TELucation-website is fully available in Englisch language and all articles are openly licenced.

TELucation means more than just eLearning to us at Graz University of Technology: The term is a new creation, an amalgamation of the words TEL (technology enhanced learning) and education. One result of this approach is the TELucation folder.
The TELucation folder aims to support teachers by addressing topics around technology-enhanced teaching and learning. This website is the digital counterpart of the analog folder, which is an OER project of TU Graz.

[TELucation Website in englisch]

[publication] Chatbots for Brand Representation in Comparison with Traditional Websites #chatbot #tugraz

Our publication about „Chatbots for Brand Representation in Comparison with Traditional Websites“ are published in the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM).

Abstract:
Chatbots have gained enormous popularity in recent years. IT giants such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook have taken an interest in automated conversations. Messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are playing an increasingly important role in smartphone usage and communication in general perfect conditions for chatbots. This paper provides an introduction of recent chatbot development in general and in customer environments. As part of this work, a chatbot was developed for the Austrian IT company CodeFluegel GmbH. The chatbot, named Theodore, provides information about CodeFluegel via Facebook Messenger and webchat, like the existing company website. The design process and implementation of the chatbot as well as architectural considerations are explained throughout this document. In a user study, participants perform typical tasks with the website and the chatbot. The usage of both platforms is evaluated in order to identify advantages and disadvantages as well as differences compared to the other technology and to draw conclusions. Findings to this study indicate promising prospects for chatbots as alternative touchpoints for customers and others and a way to replace and enhance traditional websites.

[full article @ ResearchGate]
[full article @ JournalsHomepage]

Reference: Kühnel, J., Ebner, M., Ebner, M. (2020) Chatbots for Brand Representation in Comparison with Traditional Websites. In: International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) 14(18):18-33

Erschienen: Projektbericht zum OER-Schnittstellen an der TU Graz und OEAA #oer #OEAA #openeducation

Die Beteiligten haben ihre Arbeit rund um OER-Schnittstellen zwischen den Systemen der TU Graz und zum österreichweiten OER-Refereratory der Universität Wien bereits in zwei wissenschaftlichen Publikationen publizieren können. Jetzt folgt der noch etwas ausführlichere Projektbericht:

Um einen breiten Zugang zur Bildung und großzügige Nutzung von Bildungsressourcen zu ermöglichen, setzt auch die Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz) auf offene Bildungsressourcen (Open Educational Resources, kurz OER). Der Arbeitsbericht beschreibt die technologischen Entwicklungen und Prozesse, damit Lehrende der TU Graz das eigene Lernmanagementsystem für die Veröffentlichung von OER nutzen können. Es wird nachgezeichnet, wie Schnittstellen und Prozesse gestaltet wurden, um Lern- und Lehrressourcen der TU Graz mit entsprechenden Metadaten auszuzeichnen, um sie über das universitätseigene OER-Repositorium und entsprechenden Schnittstellen für das OER-Fachportal der Universität Wien einer breiten Öffentlichkeit recherchierbar anzubieten. Nur entsprechend qualifizierte Lehrende der TU Graz erhalten die Berechtigung für die Nutzung des neuen OER-Plug-In. Der Projektbericht schließt mit Empfehlungen für Nachahmer/innen.

[publication] Technologiegestützte Lehre an der TU Graz in der COVID-19-Pandemie #tugraz #research

Wir haben für das Buch „Wie Corona die Hochschullehre verändert: Erfahrungen und Gedanken aus der Krise zum zukünftigen Einsatz von eLearning“ einen kurzen Beitrag zu „Technologiegestützte Lehre an der TU Graz in der COVID-19-Pandemie“ erstellt und dabei exemplarisch die Umstellung einer Lehrveranstaltung unter Einsatz eines ReDesign-Canvas beschrieben.

Zusammenfassung:
Didaktische Fragestellungen waren bei der Umstellung der Lehre in der COVID-19-Krise auch an der TU Graz zunächst zweitrangig, als es im März 2020 darum ging, vom Präsenzunterricht in den Online-Modus zu wechseln. Im Beitrag wird die Arbeit des Teams „Lehr- und Lerntechnologien“ der TU Graz vor und während der ersten Wochen der COVID-19-Krise vorgestellt. Zu den Angeboten zur Förderung innovativer Lern- und Lehrsettings gehört auch der „ReDesign-Canvas“. Im Beitrag wird beschrieben, wie er beim didaktischen Re-Design in einem konkreten Fallbeispiel eingesetzt wurde. Der Beitrag schließt mit einem Ausblick über die geänderten Voraussetzungen und Strategien für die technologiegestützte Lehre in den kommenden Monaten.

[Originalbeitrag @ Verlag Homepage]
[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Zitation: Schön, Sandra; Braun, Clarissa; Hohla, Katharina; Mütze, Annette & Ebner, Martin (2021). Technologiegestützte Lehre an der TU Graz in der COVID-19-Pandemie. Das Beispiel des ReDesign-Canvas als ein Hilfsmittel der didaktisch-methodischen Neugestaltung von Lehrveranstaltungen: In: U. Dittler & C. Kreidler (Hrsg.), Wie Corona die Hochschullehre verändert: Erfahrungen und Gedanken aus der Krise zum zukünftigen Einsatz von eLearning, Wiesbaden: Springer-Gabler, S. 243-258

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 16 / No. 3 #ijet #research

Issue 16(03) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Increasing Students Critical Thinking Skills and Learning Motivation Using Inquiry Mind Map
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Learning and Cognitive Styles of Dyslexic Students
  • Ubiquitous Learning vs. Electronic Learning: A Comparative Study on Learning Activeness and Learning Achievement of Students with Different Self-Regulated Learning
  • Incentive and Restrictive Mechanism of Knowledge Sharing in Basic Education Groups
  • Machine Learning Methods and Qualimetric Approach to Determine the Conditions for Train Students in the Field of Environmental and Economic Activities
  • The Effect of McGraw-Hill Education Connect on Students‘ Academic Performance
  • The Incentive System of the Subject Librarians in the University Library
  • A Teaching Quality Evaluation Model for Preschool Teachers Based on Deep Learning
  • Use of Information Technologies in Developing Foreign Language Competence for Professional Interaction of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students Specializing in Mineral Resources
  • Improved Evaluation Index Systems for Public Physical Education
  • Design of an Adaptive Educational Application to Generate Customized Tests Based on Ontology
  • Game Technologies to Assist Learning of Communication Skills in Dialogic Settings for Persons with Aphasia
  • A New Hybrid Teaching Model for a Psychology Course
  • Distance Learning Applicability in Egyptian Construction Engineering Education
  • Modern Technologies in the Process of Determining the Professional Suitability of Freshmen Students of a Teacher Training College
  • A New Reciprocal Teaching Approach for Information Literacy Education under the Background of Big Data
  • Teachers’ Views on the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education Environments
  • A Review of Content-Based and Context-Based Recommendation Systems
  • Write2Code: Pen-Based Educational Tool for Java
  • Using Recommender Systems for Matching Students with Suitable Specialization: An Exploratory Study at King Abdulaziz University
  • Teaching Domain-Specific English to Engineering Students through SPRE Model-Based Projects

[Link to Issue 16/03]

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

[publication] MAKER DAYS for Kids: Learnings from a Pop-up Makerspace #makereducation #makerdays

Our conference contribution at last year Robotics in Education conference got published now titled „MAKER DAYS for Kids: Learnings from a Pop-up Makerspace„.

Abstract:
Makerspaces exist in different forms with different target groups and goals. Dedicated makerspaces are often organized as communities of practise. They provide space, devices, tools and materials for (digital) (re)production to support (social) innovation and to democratize STEAM education. The potential of makerspaces as authentic learning environments to teach 21st century skills is one reason why pop-up makerspaces are especially designed for children and teenagers, with a great focus on the tools and activities offered. The MAKER DAYS for kids are one example of a temporary makerspace for more than 100 participants with an open approach to encourage (especially female) participants to pursue a career in STEAM domains. Based on the gathered data of the last MAKER DAYS in 2018 and 2019 at Graz University of Technology, this publication focuses on the challenges in the design of maker activities in pop-up makerspaces and comments on the changes and improvements that were/are applied to the last/upcoming event.

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

Cite this paper as: Grandl M., Ebner M., Schön S., Brünner B. (2021) MAKER DAYS for Kids: Learnings from a Pop-up Makerspace. In: Lepuschitz W., Merdan M., Koppensteiner G., Balogh R., Obdržálek D. (eds) Robotics in Education. RiE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1316. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67411-3_33

[publication] Entwicklung und Implementierung eines Plug-Ins und von APIs für offene Bildungsressourcen (OER)#oer #oeaa

Unser Beitrag zu „Entwicklung und Implementierung eines Plug-Ins und von APIs für offene Bildungsressourcen (OER)“ ist nach der erfolgreichen Tagung nun auch als Publikation erschienen.

Zusammenfassung
Um einen breiten Zugang zur Bildung und großzügige Nutzung von Bildungsressourcen zu ermöglichen, setzt auch die Technische Universität Graz (TU Graz) auf offene Bildungsressourcen (Open Educational Resources, kurz OER). Der Beitrag beschreibt die technologischen Entwicklungen und Prozesse, damit Lehrende der TU Graz das eigene Lernmanagementsystem für die Veröffentlichung von OER nutzen können. Es wird im Beitrag nachgezeichnet wie Schnittstellen und Prozesse gestaltet wurden, um Lern-und Lehrressourcen der TU Graz mit entsprechenden Metadaten auszuzeichnen, um sie über das universitätseigene OER-Repositorium und entsprechenden Schnittstellen für das OER-Fachportal der Universität Wien einer breiten Öffentlichkeit recherchierbar anzubieten. Nur entsprechend qualifizierte Lehrende der TU Graz erhalten die Berechtigung für die Nutzung des neuen OER-Plug-In. Der Beitrag schließt mit Empfehlungen für Nachahmer/innen.

[Full article @ Digitale Bibliothek]
[Full article @ ResearchGate]

Referenz: Ladurner, C., Ortner, C., Lach, K., Ebner, M., Haas, M., Ebner, M., Ganguly, R. & Schön, S., (2021). Entwicklung und Implementierung eines Plug-Ins und von APIs für offene Bildungsressourcen (OER). In: Reussner, R. H., Koziolek, A. & Heinrich, R. (Hrsg.), INFORMATIK 2020. Gesellschaft für Informatik, Bonn. (S. 453-465). DOI: doi:10.18420/inf2020_42

[publication] Learning Analytics and MOOCs #imoox #hci20 #research

Ebru did a first publication of her PhD-work titled „Learning Analytics and MOOCs“ for this year HCII conference.

Abstract:
There are new discoveries in the field of educational technologies in the 21st century, which we can also call the age of technology. Learning Analytics (LA) has given itself an important research field in the area of Technology Enhanced Learning. It offers analysis, benchmarking, review and development techniques for example in online learning platforms such as those who host Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). MOOCs are online courses addressing a large learning community. Among these participants, large data is obtained from the group with age, gender, psychology, community and educational level differences. These data are gold mines for Learning Analytics. This paper examines the methods, benefits and challenges of applying Learning Analytics in MOOCs based on a literature review. The methods that can be applied with the literature review and the application of the methods are explained. Challenges and benefits and the place of learning analytics in MOOCs are explained. The useful methods of Learning Analytics in MOOCs are described in this study. With the literature review, it indicates: Data mining, statistics and mathematics, Text Mining, Semantics-Linguistics Analysis, visualization, Social network analysis and Gamification areas are implementing Learning Analytics in MOOCs allied with benefits and challenges.

Abstract of the publication

[full article @ publisher’s webpage]
[draft @ researchgate]

Reference: İnan E., Ebner M. (2020) Learning Analytics and MOOCs. In: Zaphiris P., Ioannou A. (eds) Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing, Developing and Deploying Learn- ing Experiences. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12205. Springer, Cham. pp. 241-254