[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

[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

[publication] Math Trainer as a Chatbot Via System (Push) Messages for Android #education #TechnologyEnhancedLearning

Our research titled “Math Trainer as a Chatbot Via System (Push) Messages for Android” got published in the newest issue of the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies.

In the recent years, as technology grew, so did the chatbot technology. More and more companies and people are using and reaping the benefits from them. This paper shows how a chatbot for mathematical tasks, named mathbot, was developed. The chatbot uses mathematical exercises from the “Schulapps” of the LearningLab of Graz, University of Technology and combines them with textual questions to provide a useful utility for practicing. It is shown that such a chatbot could be useful for pupils and teachers by evaluating a test run in an elementary school.

[publication @ journal’s homepage]
[publication @ researchgate]

Reference: Kabiljagić, M., Wachtler, J., Ebner, M., & Ebner, M. (2022). Math Trainer as a Chatbot Via System (Push) Messages for Android. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), 16(17), pp. 75–87. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijim.v16i17.33351

[publication] Gute Online-Lehrpraxis aus Studierendensicht in den ersten Wochen der CoViD-19-Krise #covid19 #tugraz #research

Wir freuen uns, dass unser Beitrag zu “Gute Online-Lehrpraxis aus Studierendensicht in den ersten Wochen der CoViD-19-Krise. Der studentische Blick auf ‹gute Lehre› an der TU Graz im Mai 2020” zwar etwas verspätet aber doch in der Zeitschrift für MedienPädagogik erschienen ist:

Ende Mai 2020 wurden die Studierenden der Technischen Universität Graz im Rahmen einer studentischen Qualifizierungsarbeit zu guten Lehrerfahrungen in der der Notfall-Online-Lehre durch die CoViD-19-Pandemie im Sommersemester 2020 befragt. 137 Beispiele für gute Lehre von unterschiedlichen Teilnehmenden werden für den Beitrag ausgewertet. Die Analyse der Antworten zeigen, dass in einem Gros der Lehrveranstaltungen die als gelungen erlebt wurden, (auch) Videotechnik zum Einsatz kommt (90 %), bei mehr als der Hälfte (auch) Videos zur Verfügung gestellt werden und bei der Hälfte Live-, d. h. synchrone Veranstaltungen angeboten werden. Ein wesentliches Merkmal für gute Lehrbeispiele ist, dass Studierende etwas gelernt haben (77 % «trifft voll zu») und bei Beschreibungen der Lehrbeispiele erwähnen rund ein Drittel, dass die Umstellung der Lehrveranstaltung, die sie als gute Lehre erlebten, zügig erfolgte. Methodisch-didaktische Besonderheiten werden damit in der frühen Phase des Distance Learning eher selten (12 %) von den befragten Studierenden benannt.

[full article @ Journal homepage]
[full article @ ResearchGate]

Referenz: Schön, Sandra, Viktoria Wieser, Sebastian Dennerlein, und Martin Ebner. 2021. „Gute Online-Lehrpraxis Aus Studierendensicht in Den Ersten Wochen Der CoViD-19-Krise: Der Studentische Blick Auf ‹gute Lehre› an Der TU Graz Im Mai 2020“. MedienPädagogik: Zeitschrift für Theorie Und Praxis Der Medienbildung 40 (CoViD-19):411-29. https://doi.org/10.21240/mpaed/40/2021.11.26.X.

[publication] Promoting Digital Skills for Austrian Employees through a MOOC: Results and Lessons Learned from Design and Implementation #mooc #imoox

Our publication about “Promoting Digital Skills for Austrian Employees through a MOOC: Results and Lessons Learned from Design and Implementation” got published in the journal Education Sciences:

Digital skills are now essential, not only in information and communications technology (ICT) jobs, but for employees across all sectors. The aim of this article is to detail how employees’ digital skills can be fostered through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), how such an offer is used and what the effects of such a measure are. Using an approach oriented at action research and design-based research activities, the authors describe the basics of their finding on existing European competence frameworks for digital skills and European projects that used MOOCs, the development and design of the MOOC, the evaluation on the basis of learning analytics insights and a questionnaire, as well as a reflection. The MOOC was offered as Open Educational Resources (OER) on the Austrian MOOC platform iMOOX.at from March to April 2021, with 2083 participants, of whom 381 fully completed the course (at end of June 2021) and 489 filled out the final questionnaire

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

Reference: Edelsbrunner S, Steiner K, Schön S, Ebner M, Leitner P. Promoting Digital Skills for Austrian Employees through a MOOC: Results and Lessons Learned from Design and Implementation. Education Sciences. 2022; 12(2):89. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12020089

[publication] Influential factors for technology-enhanced learning: professionals’ views #tugraz #research

Our publication about “Influential factors for technology-enhanced learning: professionals’ views” got published in the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching &Learning.


The literature includes several studies that define different critical success factors (CSF) which have to be considered to support the implementation of technology-enhanced learning (TEL) approaches. An analysis of such studies revealed that (1) regional differences seem to determine the CSF for TEL approaches, (2) certain CSF are relevant for TEL approaches in general, and (3) professionals in higher education determine which influential factors they consider when implementing TEL approaches. Thus, the question arises: in general, which influential factors do professionals in Austrian and German institutions of higher education actually consider when implementing TEL approaches?

The study is a quantitative research approach based on survey data.

The results show that certain influential factors seem to be generally important, such as the factors of respecting learning success or motivation. However, the outcome of the study also indicated that different moderating variables like experiences and personal relevance affect the professionals’ choices.

The originality and value are in the approach to identify generally important influential factors for the implementation of TEL approaches in Austrian and German institutions of higher education.

[Article @ Journal’s Homepage]

[Article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Schweighofer, P., Weitlaner, D., Ebner, M., Rothe, H. (2019) Influential factors fortechnology-enhanced learning: professionals’ views. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching &Learning, https://doi.org/10.1108/JRIT-09-2017-0023

[publication] Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions #LearningAnalytics #tugraz #research

Our chapter on “Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions” got published in the book “Utilizing Learning Analytics to Support Study Success


While a large number of scientific publications explain the development of prototypes or the implementation of case studies in detail, descriptions of the challenges and proper solutions when implementing learning analytics initiatives are rare. In this chapter, we provide a practical tool that can be used to identify risks and challenges that arise when implementing learning analytics (LA) initiatives and discuss how to approach these to find acceptable solutions. In this way, implementers are given the opportunity to handle challenges early on and avoid being surprised at a critical moment in the project, which will save time, resources, and effort. We are aware that all aspects needed to successfully carry out learning analytics initiatives are co-dependent. Nonetheless, we identified and categorized the criteria necessary for implementing successful learning analytics initiatives. We conclude this chapter with an overview of the challenges faced and possible approaches that can be taken to facilitate the successful implementation of learning analytics.

[full article @ Springer]

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Leitner P., Ebner M., Ebner M. (2019) Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions. In: Ifenthaler D., Mah DK., Yau JK. (eds) Utilizing Learning Analytics to Support Study Success. Springer, Cham

[publication] Makerspaces als Kreativ- und Lernräume #MakerEducation #making

Im neuen Magazin erwachsenenbildung.at zum Thema “Lern- und Bildungsräume” haben wir einen Beitrag zu “Makerspaces als Kreativ- und Lernräume” geschrieben.


Makerspaces haben in den letzten Jahren auch in der Erwachsenenbildung verstärkt Aufmerksamkeit erlangt. Es handelt sich dabei um Werkstätten, die digitale Werkzeuge und auch traditionelle Werkzeuge anbieten (Fablabs, Hackerspace, Repaircafé, Offene Werkstätten etc.). Makerspaces sind vielerorts aber auch Räume, in denen sich Menschen unabhängig von der Arbeit oder dem Zuhause für das gute Gespräch und Miteinander treffen können – was auch als „Herz des Gemeinwesens“ und „Wurzel der Demokratie“ betrachtet werden kann. Der Maker-Bewegung inhärent ist das Primat des selbstorganisierten Lernens, d.h., die Aktiven im Makerspace fühlen sich selbst für ihre Projekte und Lernfortschritte verantwortlich und organisieren sich Informationen und Unterstützung. Gleichzeitig ist der Makerspace damit auch ein informeller Lernraum: Das „Learning by doing“, also das Lernen während der Arbeit und des Gestaltens, gehört zur Charakteristik der Arbeit in Makerspaces. In diesem Beitrag werden diese neuen Lernräume aus Perspektive der Erwachsenenbildung vorgestellt und diskutiert. (Red.)

[Artikel bei ResarchGate]

[Artikel auf der Webseite des Magazin]

Zitation: Schön, Sandra/Ebner, Martin/Grandl, Maria (2019): Makerspaces als Kreativ- und Lernräume. Werkstätten mit digitalen Werkzeugen aus Perspektive der Erwachsenenbildung. In: Magazin erwachsenenbildung.at. Das Fachmedium für Forschung, Praxis und Diskurs. Ausgabe 35/36, 2019. Wien. Online im Internet: http://www.erwachsenenbildung.at/magazin/19-35u36/meb19-35u36.pdf. Druck-Version: Books on Demand GmbH: Norderstedt.

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 13 / No. 12 #ijet #research

Issue 13(12) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Design of an Intelligent Educational Resource Production System
  • Experiential Learning in Bioinformatics – Learner Support for Complex Workflow Modelling and Analysis
  • Construction and Practice of SPOC Teaching Mode based on MOOC/li>
  • KinFit: A Factual Aerobic Sport Game with Stimulation Support
  • Promoting Historical Thinking in Schools through Low Fidelity, Low-Cost, Easily Reproduceable, Tangible and Embodied Interactions
  • Design and Implementation of Anonymized Social Network-based Mobile Game System for Learning Mathematics
  • A Study of Using Smart Book to Enhance Communication Ability for Hearing-Impaired Students
  • An Empirical Study on Productive Vocabulary Acquisition Under Hypertext Reading
  • Factors that Influence the Adoption of Postgraduate Online Courses
  • Using an Intelligent Tutoring System to Support Learners’ WMC in e-learning: Application in Mathematics Learning
  • Effectiveness of E-learning Experience through Online Quizzes: A Case Study of Myanmar Students
  • Personalized Ubiquitous Learning via an Adaptive Engine
  • An Adaptive Learning System based on Knowledge Level for English Learning
  • Effect of Macro Environment on the Development of College English Teachers’ Information-based Teaching Ability
  • Development of Student Worksheet-Based College E-Learning Through Edmodo to Maximize the Results of Learning and Motivation in Economic Mathematics Learning
  • The Influence of Information Technology on the Information and Service Quality for the Teaching and Learning
  • A Web-based Instrument to Initialize Learning Style: An Interactive Questionnaire Instrument

[Link to Issue 13/12]

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