[publication] Students in Focus – Moving Towards Human-Centred Learning Analytics #LearningAnalytics #LearnersCorner #tugraz #LA

We are very proud that we can announce another research article about our successful Learning Analytics project titled “Students in Focus – Moving Towards Human-Centred Learning Analytics“. It got published with the book Practicable Learning Analytics.

Human-centred design is a well-established approach within research fields such as human-computer interaction, ergonomics, and human factors. Recently Learning Analytics (LA) researchers and practitioners have manifested great interest in exploring methods and techniques associated with this approach to manage the design process in ways that can enhance human interaction with LA technology. The project “Learning Analytics – Students in Focus” aims to use student-related data to support the learning and teaching process in a higher educational context. Our interdisciplinary team investigates LA tools that leverage students’ academic success by acquiring or developing self-regulated learning skills. We adopted a Human-Centred Learning Analytics (HCLA) approach involving students, teachers, and other educational stakeholders in the iterative design of our LA tools. This article contributes to the discussion on how to design LA tools using a human-centred approach. We describe the analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation process of three LA tools comprised in our students’ dashboard, i.e., the planner, the activity graph, and the learning diary. In addition, we present key results gained in several empirical studies which had an implication on the tools’ design. Finally, we provide insights about our experience with the HCLA approach, pointing out benefits and limitations in practice.

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

Reference: Barreiros, C., Leitner, P., Ebner, M., Veas, E., Lindstaedt, S. (2023). Students in Focus – Moving Towards Human-Centred Learning Analytics. In: Viberg, O., Grönlund, Å. (eds) Practicable Learning Analytics. Advances in Analytics for Learning and Teaching. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-27646-0_5

[publication] Supporting Learning and Teaching with Good Design: Report and Lessons Learned from Learning Experience Design in Higher Education #LXD #tugraz #research

Our chaper about “Supporting Learning and Teaching with Good Design: Report and Lessons Learned from Learning Experience Design in Higher Education” got published (online first) and is free available 🙂

Learning experience design (LXD), that is, the conscious design of learning experiences based on the principles and methods of the design discipline, is a term that is increasingly being used in the design of (digital) learning environments. The aim is to make learning a positive, exciting experience for the learner. This article will introduce the understanding of “learning experience design” and describe its application at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). As creativity is a base for the design discipline, the organizational unit “educational technology” sees LXD as a chance to develop innovative, quality online teaching and learning materials. The article will show the application and results of LXD of several different projects and resources developed for teachers and students by the educational technology team at TU Graz: the student study progress dashboard, the TELucation website relaunch, and the development of a modifiable digital template for lecturer training.

[chapter @ book’s homepage]
[chapter @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Edelsbrunner, S., & Schön, S. (2022). Supporting Learning and Teaching with Good Design: Report and Lessons Learned from Learning Experience Design in Higher Education. In K. Kang, & M. F. Namisango (Eds.), E-service Digital Innovation [Working Title]. IntechOpen. https://doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.107489

[publication] Potential Impact of Open Educational Resources and Practices for Good Teaching at Universities. The OER Impact Assessment at TU Graz #OER #tugraz #research

We contributed to the book “Learning with Technologies and Technologies in Learning” with a chapter named “Potential Impact of Open Educational Resources and Practices for Good Teaching at Universities. The OER Impact Assessment at TU Graz

Based on the increasing demand for and promotion of Open Educational Resources (OER, see (UNESCO (2019), this chapter describes the objectives of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria for good teaching. A description of how the impact of OER at TU Graz will be analysed and considerations around it is the central contribution. In addition, the effects, and potentials of selected OER initiatives of the university are described as examples and discussed as key potential for good teaching. For a better understanding of the role of OER at TU Graz, the national context of OER in the Austrian higher education landscape is described at the beginning of the chapter.

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

Citation: Ebner, Martin; Schön, Sandra; Ebner, Markus; Edelsbrunner, Sarah; Hohla, Katharina (2022). Potential Impact of Open Educational Resources and Practices for Good Teaching at Universities. The OER Impact Assessment at TU Graz. In: Michael E. Auer, Andreas Pester, Dominik May (Eds.), Learning with Technologies and Technologies in Learning. Experience, Trends and Challenges in Higher Education, Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, Volume 45, Cham: Springer, pp. 79-100.

[publication] Introduction to ‘The Future of Learning’ #education #book #chapter

I manged the section “Future of Learning” for the book Learning with Technologies and Technologies in Learning:

This section deals with the “future of learning” and asked for contributions dealing with meta-studies ore forecasts. This is not a simple task because we all know from the pandemic that changes are unpredictable sometimes. Anyway, we are very happy that seven groups of researchers out of more than 23 proposals tried to give us insights to their research. Those 7 publications deal with different topics—meta studies, Social Interaction and communication, Open Educational Resources, Augmented and Virtual Reality.

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

Rerference: Ebner, M. (2022). Introduction to ‘The Future of Learning’. In: Auer, M.E., Pester, A., May, D. (eds) Learning with Technologies and Technologies in Learning. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 456. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04286-7_1

[publication] Learning Analytics in der Schule – Anforderungen an Lehrerinnen und Lehrer #tugraz #LearningAnalytics

Unser Beitrag zu “Learning Analytics in der Schule – Anforderungen an Lehrerinnen und Lehrer” wurden nun in einem tollen Buch über “Bildung und Digitalisierung” publiziert.

Dieser Beitrag ermöglicht eine kurze Einführung in das Themenfeld Learning Analytics mit einem besonderen Blick auf den Schulunterricht. Heute erscheint es noch weit entfernt, bis derartige Anwendungen im deutschsprachigen Raum flächendeckend Fuß fassen können. Durch die voranschreitende Technologie werden jedoch solche Anwendungen und die Auseinandersetzung mit der Frage, inwieweit künstliche Intelligenz Aspekte der eigentlichen Lehre ergänzen und erset-zen kann, zunehmend zum Diskussionsgegenstand. Die vorliegende Publikation zielt darauf ab, Learning Analytics selbst und die damit verbundenen Herausforderungen zu definieren. Anschlie-ßend werden einige allgemeine Beispiele genannt, ehe auf zwei webbasierte Informationssysteme im Detail eingegangen wird-dem Einmaleins-Trainer und dem Programm zum Aufbau von Schreibkompetenz IDeRblog. Auf Basis der dort gewonnen Erkenntnisse und Erfahrungen werden drei wesentliche Anforderungen für Lehrerinnen und Lehrer abgleitet: statistische und digitale Kom-petenz sowie grundsätzliches Wissen im Bereich Datenschutz. Der Beitrag schließt mit der Frage, inwieweit diese zukünftig in die Lehrerbildung integriert werden können und müssen.

[Link Vorabzug @ ResearchGate]

Referenz: Ebner, M., Leitner, P., Ebner, M. (2020) Learning Analytics in der Schule – Anforderungen an Lehrerinnen und Lehrer. In: Bildung und Digitalisierung- Auf der Suche nach Kompetenzen und Performanzen. Trültzsch-Wijnen, C., Brandhofer, G. (Hrsg.). S. 255-272. Nomos. ISBN 978-3-8487-6538-6

[publication] Future Teacher Training of Several Universities with MOOCs as OER – Teaching in #COVID19 Pandemic. Stories from the field #imoox #mooc

#COVID19 was and is a big challenge for many people, for teachers as universities as well. And of course we love to share experiences we made or have seen at the TU Graz as well to enrich the contributions on teaching and learning with technologies in HEI.

This time we contributed to a book which collects 133 (!) experiences from colleagues worldwide, all available under CC BY NC ND. Please have look and check:


Our contribution describes:

To train future Austrian teachers in using digital media, a novel didactic design was implemented at several universities in Austria in summer semester 2019: The course includes the participation in a MOOC (massive open online course) on the topic, an accompanying group work at the universities and multiple-choice tests conducted at the universities. In the summer semester of 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the group work and exams had to be switched to virtual space as well. Because the course materials are available under an open license, i.e. as open educational resources, further use is possible and offered.

Ebner, Martin & Schön, Sandra (2020). Remote Future Teacher Training with MOOCs. In: R.E. Ferdig, E. Baumgartner, E., R. Hartshorne, E. Kaplan-Rakowski, & C. Mouza, C. (Ed). Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Pp. 493-497. Book is available under CC BY NC ND: https://www.learntechlib.org/p/216903/;. Preprint at ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342261714_Remote_Future_Teacher_Training_with_MOOCs

[publication] Simulation data visualization using mixed reality with Microsoft HoloLensTM #AR #VR #tugraz

My PhD-Students wrote a chapter about the usage of Microsoft Hololens “Simulation data visualization using mixed reality with Microsoft HoloLensTM“. Now it got published within the book “New Perspectives on Virtual and Augmented Reality“.

Simulations and test beds are very difficult topics, especially for non-experienced students or new employees in the mechanical engineering domain. In this chapter, a HoloLens app and a CAD/Simulation workflow are introduced to visualize CAD models and sensor and simulation data of a test run on an air conditioning system test bed. The main challenge is to visualize temperature and pressure changes within opaque parts, such as tubes, compressors, condensers or electrical expansion valves. The HoloLens app supports various simulations and CAD visualizations. We exemplary implemented colouring the temperature or pressure changes of the test bed parts as Mixed-Reality (MR) overlays. The main purpose of the HoloLens app is to reduce the learning effort and time to understand such simulations and test bed settings. Additionally, the app could be used as a communication tool between different departments to transfer experiences and domain specific knowledge.

[chapter @ book homepage]
[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Spitzer, M., Rosenberger, M., Ebner, M. (2020) Simulation data visualization using mixed reality with Microsof HoloLensTM, In: New Perspectives on Virtual and Augmented Reality, Daniela, L. (ed.), pp. 147-162, London: Routledge, https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003001874

[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

[publication] Inverse Blended Learning – a didactical concept for MOOCs and its positive effects on dropout-rates #mooc #imoox

We are very happy to announce that our chapter on “Inverse Blended Learning – a didactical concept for MOOCs and its positive effects on dropout-rates” is published 🙂


Massive Open Online Courses, shortly MOOS, are one important trend of technology-enhanced learning of the last years. In this contribution we introduce a new didactical approach that we call “inverse blended learning” (IBL). Whereas “blended learning” is the enrichment of traditional learning settings through online inputs or phases, the IBL approach aims to enhance a pure online course with additional offline meetings for exchange and practising. Within two case studies the concept was tested and evaluated. The research study points out that the typical high dropout rate for MOOCs decreased arbitrarily. Therefore we recommend introducing the didactical approach of inverse blended learning in future MOOCs, if applicable.

[Link to the book]

[Link to draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Schön, S. (2019) Inverse Blended Learning – a didactical concept for MOOCs and ist positive effects on dropout-rates. In: The Impact of MOOCs on Distance Education in Malaysia and Beyond. Ally, M., Amin Embi, M., Norman, H. (eds.). Routledge. ISBN 9780367026615

[book, itug] Informatik-unterstützter Physikunterricht am Beispiel des Arduino #l3t #makerdays #making

Christopher Kommetter hat sich umfassend mit dem Einsatz des Arduino im Physikunterricht auseinandergesetzt. Jetzt ist seine Masterarbeit als 9. Band der iTuG-Reihe erschienen.


Das vorliegende Buch gibt einen Überblick über die Möglichkeiten, den Informatikunterricht in den Physikunterricht zu integrieren. Dabei werden Definitionen von fächerübergreifenden Unterricht verglichen und aufgezeigt, wie durch den Einsatz eines handlungsorientierten Unterrichts, am Beispiel eines Stationsbetriebes, ein Beitrag geleistet werden kann, informatorische Systeme in den Unterricht zu integrieren. Es werden diverse Technologien wie der Raspberry Pi, der Calliope, der Arduino und weitere hinsichtlich ihrer Integrationsmöglichkeiten im Physikunterricht und finanziellen Aspekte untersucht. Schließlich wird eine Unterrichtssequenz zum Erlernen der Kompetenzen rund um das Thema Beschleunigung mithilfe von Arduinos vorgestellt. Diese wurde an einer Oberstufe durchgeführt und wird hier hinsichtlich der vermittelten Kompetenzen aus beiden Fächern analysiert. Der Arduino kann vielseitig in Unterrichtsgegenständen, vorrangig im Bereich der Naturwissenschaften, eingesetzt werden und hat den Vorteil der geringen Anschaffungskosten.

[Buch bei Amazon]

[Buch als .pdf bei itug.eu]