[publication] Towards Trustworthy Learning Analytics Applications: An Interdisciplinary Approach Using the Example of Learning Diaries #LearningAnalytics #tugraz

Our poster/chapter about „Towards Trustworthy Learning Analytics Applications: An Interdisciplinary Approach Using the Example of Learning Diaries“ at HCII 2022 conference is published and available.

Learning analytics (LA) is an emerging field of science due to its great potential to better understand, support and improve the learning and teaching process. Many higher education institutions (HEIs) have already included LA in their digitalisation strategies. This process has been additionally accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic when HEIs transitioned from face-2-face learning environments to hybrid and e-learning environments and entirely relied on technology to continue operating. Undoubtedly, there was never a time when so much student data was collected, analysed, and reported, which brings numerous ethical and data protection concerns to the forefront. For example, a critical issue when implementing LA is to determine which data should be processed to fulfil pedagogical purposes while making sure that LA is in line with ethical principles and data protection law, such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This article contributes to the discussion on how to design LA applications that are not only useful and innovative but also trustworthy and enable higher education learners to make data-informed decisions about their learning process. For that purpose, we first present the idea and methodology behind the development of our interdisciplinary Criteria Catalogue for trustworthy LA applications intended for students. The Criteria Catalogue is a new normative framework that supports students to assess the trustworthiness of LA applications. It consists of seven defined Core Areas (i.e., autonomy, protection, respect, non-discrimination, responsibility and accountability, transparency, and privacy and good data governance) and corresponding criteria and indicators. Next, we apply this normative framework to learning diaries as a specific LA application. Our goal is to demonstrate how ethical and legal aspects could be translated into specific recommendations and design implications that should accompany the whole lifecycle of LA applications.

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

Reference: Veljanova, H., Barreiros, C., Gosch, N., Staudegger, E., Ebner, M., Lindstaedt, S. (2022). Towards Trustworthy Learning Analytics Applications: An Interdisciplinary Approach Using the Example of Learning Diaries. In: Stephanidis, C., Antona, M., Ntoa, S. (eds) HCI International 2022 Posters. HCII 2022. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1582. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-06391-6_19

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 18 / No.02 #ijet #research

Issue 18(02) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Toward Smart and Immersive Classroom based on AI, VR, and 6G
  • Using MOOC to Learn the Python Programming Language
  • Is Learning Analytics the Future of Online Education?
  • A MOOC-Based Hybrid Teaching Model of College English
  • Design of an Online Sharing System for Ancient Literature Based on Mobile Technology
  • Effects of ATDE Teaching Mode during Online Teaching on Creative Thinking Ability of Learners
  • Immersive English Online Teaching Model Using Original Film as Teaching Resources
  • Virtual Site Visits: Student Perception and Preferences Towards Technology Enabled Experiential Learning
  • A Behavior Sequence Based Psychological Feature Extraction Model for Students in English Teaching
  • What Matters the Most?
  • Structural Feature Analysis and Spatial Modeling of Knowledge System Based on Interdisciplinary Integration
  • An Application Study of the UTAUT Methodology for the Flipped Classroom Model Adoption by Applied Sciences and Technology Teachers
  • Experience with Online Learning of Mathematics in Primary Education
  • Information Dissemination Prediction of College Students’ Learning Requirements Based on Mobile Social Network
  • Measurement of Coupling Coordination Between Vocational Happiness and Affective Education Ability of Young Teachers
  • Scale Evolution of Higher Vocational Education and Measurement of Education Opportunity Difference Based on the Expansion Effect
  • Software Development for Comprehensive Assessment of English Online Teaching Quality in Universities Based on Data Mining

[Link to Issue 18/02]

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

[publication] OER Impact Assessment: A framework for higher education institutions and beyond. Approaches to assess the impact of Open Educational Resources #OER #research #OEAA

Our publication about „OER Impact Assessment: A framework for higher education institutions and beyond. Approaches to assess the impact of Open Educational Resources“ got published.

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of approaches to and insights for impact assessment on open educational resources (OER) in higher education and building on this to sketch a framework for university focussed OER impact assessment. The authors describe the literature on impact assessment in the OER context and the existing contributions to OER impact assessment in higher education. Findings of the analysis are that there are few contributions on the effects of OER in general or of specific OER initiatives. Four contributions are presented in more detail. From these examples and the literature analysis, derivations, and challenges for OER impact assessment are drawn, such as the large diversity in OER purposes and the invisibility of the re-usage of OER. The contribution sketches a framework model for describing OER-relevant results, outcomes, and impact, and more specifically demonstrates how this can be done for exemplary OER-related objectives. This contribution is thus of relevance to funding bodies and institutions working in the context of higher education that wish to systematically evaluate and monitor statements about the effectiveness of OER activities according to the UNESCO (2019) OER recommendation.

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

Reference: Ebner, Martin, Orr, Dominic and Schön, Sandra. „OER Impact Assessment: A framework for higher education institutions and beyond. Approaches to assess the impact of Open Educational Resources“ Open Education Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, 2022, pp. 296-309. https://doi.org/10.1515/edu-2022-0018

[publication] Strategien zu offenen Bildungsressourcen an österreichischen öffentlichen Universitäten #OER #gmw2022

Bei der GMW 2022 haben wir eine Publikation zu „Strategien zu offenen Bildungsressourcen an österreichischen öffentlichen Universitäten“ eingereicht, wo wir systematisch die Leistungsvereinbarungen der österreichischen Universitäten hinsichtlich OER untersucht haben.

Bezugnehmend auf eine Analyse der Rolle von offenen Bildungsressourcen (OER für „Open Educational Resources“) in den Leistungsvereinbarungen österreichischer öf- fentlicher Universitäten der Jahre 2019–2021 (Edelsbrunner, Ebner & Schön, 2021) werden in diesem Beitrag die Entwicklungen des vergangenen Jahres in Bezug zu OER und den Hochschulen in Österreich beschrieben. Zentral ist dabei die Analyse der neuen Leistungsvereinbarungen der 22 öffentlichen österreichischen Universitäten für die Periode 2022–2024 und der Nennung von OER-Aktivitäten. Dabei wird auf- gezeigt, dass nun alle öffentlichen Universitäten OER in den Leistungsvereinbarungen erwähnen, 16 der 22 Universitäten planen sogar weitreichende OER-Aktivitäten. Auch haben weitere Hochschulen OER-Strategien veröffentlicht.

[Artikel @ ResearchGate]

Zitation: Edelsbrunner, S., Ebner, M., Schön, S. (2022) Strategien zu offenen Bildungsressourcen an österreichischen Hochschulen. In: Digitale Lehre nachhaltig gestalten, Standl B. (ed.), S. 209-214, Waxmann Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8309-4633-5

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 18 / No.01 #ijet #research

Issue 18(01) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Predictable Factors that Help Students Engage in Online EFL Classroom and their Relationship to Self-Management
  • The Importance of Using the Internet of Things in Education
  • A New Resource Recommendation Method for Experiential Leaching Based on the Completion Degree of Online Learning Tasks
  • The Effect of a Proposed Strategy according to the Design Thinking Model in Mathematics Achievement and Personal Intelligence among Students of Sixth-Class Scientific
  • The Implementation of Online Learning in Conventional Higher Education Institutions During the Spread of COVID-19: A Comparative Study
  • An Analysis of Emotional Responses of Students in Bilingual Classes and Adjustment Strategies
  • Development of the Hands-free AI Speaker System Supporting Hands-on Science Laboratory Class
  • Enhancement the Educational Technology by Using 5G Networks
  • Influences of Problem-Based Online Learning on the Learning Outcomes of Learners
  • EEG Spectral Feature Markers as an Indicator of Human Cognitive Process
  • Enhancement of Online Education in Engineering College Based on Mobile Wireless Communication Networks and IOT
  • A Career Recommendation Method for College Students Based on Occupational Values
  • Prediction of Students Performance Level Using Integrated Approach of ML Algorithms
  • The Degree of Practicing Creative Thinking Skills by Basic School Teachers in Emirate of Sharjah from their Point of View
  • An Analysis of the Categories and Structures of Expertise for Students’ Cognitive States
  • Conceptual Statistical Assessment Using JSXGraph
  • Analysis of STACK Answer Data Using Pen-Stroke Data from a Calculation Notebook and Item Response Theory

[Link to Issue 18/01]

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

[podcast] Kreative Lehrmethoden und Prüfungen in der IT-Security #tugraz #security #telucation #IT-security #eassessment @lavados

Es freut uns, dass wir nun den 13. Teil unserer Podcast-Serie „Lehren – Lernen – Lauschen“ auf der TELucation-Webseite zur Verfügung stellen können. Diesesmal spricht Daniel Gruss über seine Erfahrungen:

Daniel Gruss (Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications) spricht in diesem Podcast über seine Lehrveranstaltung Betriebssysteme, seine Leidenschaft für gute Lehre und seine Abneigung gegen Proctoring in der Online-Lehre. Außerdem verrät er uns, wie er zum Protagonisten einer Sitcom wurde und award-winning Musik geschrieben hat.

[#12: Daniel Gruss über kreative Lehrmethoden und Prüfungen in der IT-Security]

Und nicht übersehen – der Podcast ist auch in allen gängigen Portalen verfügbar:

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 17 / No.24 #ijet #research

Issue 17(24) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Social Media Use in Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Systematic Literature Review
  • Design of a Virtual Reality-Based Learning System for Spoken English
  • Classification of Learning Sentiments of College Students Based on Topic Discussion Texts of Online Learning Platforms
  • Towards Virtual University based on Virtual Reality and Terabits Internet Speed
  • Online Music Teaching Resource Sharing Algorithm Based on Blockchain Technology
  • Classification of Online Course Teaching Cases Based on an Improved Clustering Method
  • The Impact of a Proposed Strategy According to Active Learning in Achievement of Mathematics and Visual Intelligence Among Intermediate Students
  • Design of a Visual Training System for Software Engineering Education Based on Knowledge Graphs
  • Effect of Augmented Reality Technology on Spatial Intelligence among High School Students
  • Influences of Artificial Intelligence in Education on Teaching Effectiveness
  • Application of Exercise-Correlated Knowledge Proficiency Tracing Model based on Multiple Learning Objectives in English Teaching Curriculum Resources
  • Representation and Construction of Discipline Knowledge Systems Based on Cognitive Sequence Relationship
  • Web Based Online Hybrid Teaching Method of Network Music Course
  • Impact of a Proposed Strategy According to Luria’s Model in Realistic Thinking and Achievement in Mathematics
  • E-Learning Service Quality During COVID-19 Pandemic from Postgraduate Students’ Perspective in Jordan
  • Prediction, Monitoring, and Management of the Classified Training Quality of English Majors Based on Support Vector Machine

[Link to Issue 17/24]

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

[publication] Using learning analytics to improve the educational design of MOOCs #MOOC #imoox

Our article about „Using learning analytics to improve the educational design of MOOCs“ got published now in the International Journal of Education and Learning.

In recent years, the interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Learning Analytics research have highly increased in the areas of educational technologies. The emergence of new learning technologies requires new perspectives on Educational Design. When the areas of MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Instructional Design developed, the interest and connection between these three concepts became important for research. Learning Analytics provides progress information and other individualized support in MOOC settings where teachers are not able to provide learners with individual attention, which would be possible in a traditional face-to-face setting. Through collective views over the learning process, the overall progress and performance are indicated. Moreover, results can lead to Educational Design improvements. Every time a learner interacts with the system, data is created and collected. Many Educational Designers do not take advantage of this data and thereby, losing the possibility to impact the course design in a powerful way. This research work strongly focuses on the implication of Learning Analytics for Educational Design in MOOCs. Many methods and algorithms are used in the analytical learning process in MOOCs. Currently, a great variety of learning data exists. First, well-known Instructional Design patterns from different models were collected and listed. In a second step, through the collected data is used to point out which of these patterns can be answered by using Learning Analytics methods. The findings of the study show that it is possible to better understand which environments and experiences are best suited for learning by analyzing students‘ behaviors online. These results have great potential for a rapidly and easier understanding and optimization of the learning process for educators.

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

Reference: Khalil, H., Ebner, M., & Leitner, P. (2022). Using learning analytics to improve the educational design of MOOCs. International Journal of Education and Learning, 4(2), 100-108. doi:https://doi.org/10.31763/ijele.v4i2.641

[keynote] 9th International Conference on Computer Technology Applications (ICCTA 2023) #conference #research

Martin is invited to give a keynote talk at 9th International Conference on Computer Technology Applications (ICCTA 2023) in May 2023. He will give an overview and insights about our running projects on MOOCs, Learning Analytics and Open Educational Resources.

Abstract of the talk:
In this talk the different research fields of MOOCs, Learning Analytics and OER are addressed and brought together. Over a couple of years now, different proponents announcing MOOS or OER or Learning Analytics. Nevertheless, the idea is to put all the research results together and provide it as a service for education, especially in Higher Education.
Using the example from Graz University of Technology the talk will provide insights how we can deal with it in the future based on research findings and hands-on experiences with real student data.

We would be happy if you join us in Vienna next year: [conference website]

With this announcement I would like to wish you merry christmas and a happy, healthy year 2023 – I will be back after my holidays in January 2023. Hopefully we got a little bit of snow in our mountains, because I would love to make some tours with my skis 🙂
Feel free to take a look to my tour descriptions to get an idea what I am taking about: [Link to profile @ Alpenverein]