Our anual study results were traditional presented at the EDMedia and Innovative Learning 2023 conference in Vienna titled “Shifting Patterns in IT Equipment and Communication Application Preferences among Study Beginners: A Longitudinal Analysis at TU Graz, Austria“. Here are the slides:
I did a keynote titled “MOOCs, Learning Analytics and OER – why we need it for the future of higher education!” at the University of Malang at the Innovation and Teacher Profesionalism (ICITEP) 2023 conference.
Here you can find my slides:
Our publication titled “Makification – Bridging the Gap between Formal and Maker Education” was presented at EDMedia and Innovative Learning 2023 conference and got published right now.
Abstract: To achieve appropriate education for the future, we propose a gradual process of makification in which characteristic elements of the maker movement are incorporated into formal educational activities. Using the existing literature, we deduce the need for a shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning while integrating essential 21st century skills into the rigid framework of formal education through makification
Reference: Sagbauer, N.N., Pollak, M. & Ebner, M. (2023). Makification – Bridging the Gap between Formal and Maker Education. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 264-271). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 19, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/222513/
Our publication titled “The Development of Two Math E-Learning Systems for Primary School Children in Android” for the EDMedia and Innovative Learning 2023 conference is now online available:
Abstract: Electronic learning, with all its different variations, approaches and applications, is a very relevant topic in today’s education. E-Learning is a wide field, as it affects classes in school as well as training scenarios for adult persons. This work describes the development of two E-Learning systems: EinMalEins Trainer and Division Trainer. Both applications are part of the learning lab of Graz University of Technology. This document sums up the theoretical background of the development process as well as the realization. A lot of emphasis in this work laid on applying different testing methods, therefore thinking aloud testing as well as automated testing are handled more deeply. The methodology behind these methods is explained and the results are presented.
Reference: Plieschnegger, M., Wachtler, J. & Ebner, M. (2023). The Development of Two Math E-Learning Systems for Primary School Children in Android. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 798-810). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 19, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/222581/
Our conference paper, titled “Examining the Digitization Level of First-Year Students at Graz University of Technology (Austria): Insights from a Digitization Index“, at EDMedia and Innovative Learning 2023 conference in Vienna is published.
Abstract: The Educational Technology team at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) tried to measure the degree of digitization among first-year students (n=1,029). To achieve this, a digitization index was constructed that incorporates various dimensions of digitization, including IT equipment, digital skills, and usage of digital applications for learning. The index is based on two existing studies, the German D21-Digital-Index and the Austrian DiKoS study. It was adapted to fit the context of first-year students at university. The study revealed an average digitization level among first-year students at TU Graz was 39.60 on a scale from 0 to 100. The analysis of specific groups indicated variations in the degree of digitization. Female students, students under 20 and over 25 years old, as well as those from natural sciences and mathematics fields exhibited lower levels of digitization compared to their counterparts. Furthermore, students who attended grammar school before university had lower digitization levels compared to those from higher vocational schools or secondary technical schools. Based on the digitization index, the students are classified into three groups: digital laggards, digital center, and digital leaders. Most first-year students fell into the digital center category, while a smaller proportion were identified as digital laggards or leaders. These groups differed in terms of their device ownership, digital skills, and usage of digital applications.
Reference: Mair, B., Martin, E., Edelsbrunner, S., Nagler, W. & Schön, S. (2023). Examining the Digitization Level of First-Year Students at Graz University of Technology (Austria): Insights from a Digitization Index. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1128-1136). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 14, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/222629/.
We did a small contribution to the 4th International Workshop on Human-Centred Learning Analytics (HCLA) co-located with the 13th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK2023) about our learning analytics efforts at Graz University of Technology. Our publication titled “Shaping learning analytics technology through human- centredness” is now online availble, too
Learning Analytics (LA) researchers and practitioners are growing interested in applying human-centred design methods and techniques to design LA technology. This approach finds solutions by involving the perspectives of students, teachers, and other educational stakeholders in all process steps. It enables the creation of technology that resonates and is tailored to the end-users needs. The “Learning Analytics-Students in Focus” project aims to support the learning and teaching process in the higher education context. Our interdisciplinary team focuses on LA technology that facilitates acquiring and developing students’ self-regulated learning skills, such as goal setting, planning, monitoring progress, and reflecting. We embraced a Human-Centred Learning Analytics (HCLA) approach since the start of our project, and it helped us to understand students’ points of view and needs and find solutions together. This article summarises the design process of a LA tool named Planner, which aims to support students in planning and monitoring coursework. We share our experience with various methods and techniques applied in our research and present insights about the benefits and limitations of the HCLA approach. Finally, we highlight how the HCLA approach helped to build a LA community at our university and promote trust towards LA.
Reference: Barreiros, C., Leitner, P., Ebner, M., Linstädt, S. (2023) Shaping learning analytics technology through human- centredness. In: Proceedings of 4th International Workshop on Human-Centred Learning Analytics (HCLA) co-located with the 13th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK2023), Virtual, March 13, 2023
Our research, we presented at EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2022, about “The ReDesign Canvas as a tool for the didactic-methodological redesign of courses and a case study” is now online available:
Initially, in March 2020, when COVID-19 forced conventional face-to-face to pure online teaching, didactic matters were only of secondary importance. At Graz University of Technology (TU Graz, Austria) both the support team for Educational Technology as well as the instructors were mostly concerned with solving technical challenges. Nevertheless, a special tool, the ReDesign Canvas, was available to support lecturers in their endeavor to also address the didactic aspects of their teaching systematically. The article presents the work of the Educational Technology team of TU Graz within the March 2020 COVID-19 crisis as well as the application of the canvas in a redesign of an exemplary lecture.
Reference: Schön, S., Braun, C., Hohla, K., Mütze, A. & Ebner, M. (2022). The ReDesign Canvas as a tool for the didactic-methodological redesign of courses and a case study. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1048-1055). New York City, NY, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 13, 2022 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/221410/.