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[publication] Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project? #OER #research

Our publication about „Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project?“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

Open Educational Resources (OER) projects often face the challenge of how to sustain and develop further the resources after the initial project funding comes to an end. OER are provided for free and open for anybody to re-use, modify and distribute. How than can the producers exploit the resources, are there any feasible business models, especially models which could remove or at least reduce dependence on limited and insecure funding? This article presents results of a survey of literature on OER business models and an overview of models identified in the literature. For projects which developed a learning program with OER the freemium model is being considered as a promising model.

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Geser, G., Schön, S. & Ebner, M. (2019). Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project?. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1519-1525). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Fachtreffen im Rahmen der Makerdays #makerdays #tugraz

Im Rahmen der Makerdays organisieren wir auch aufgrund der vielen Rückfragen ein Fachtreffen und zwar inmitten der Veranstaltungswoche am 7.8.2019 von 10-16.00 Uhr. Dann kann man sich gleich vor Ort überzeugen (lassen) wie die Workshops aussehen und welche kleinen Projekte wir gerade umsetzen mit den Kindern.

Interessierte Studierende, Lehrende und Personen aus dem Bereich Forschung und Wirtschaft sind herzlich eingeladen, die Bedeutung von Making-Aktivitäten und Makerspaces in der Bildung (von der Primarstufe bis zur Hochschule) im Rahmen des Fachtreffens zu diskutieren.

Dabei sollte natürlich auch das „Making“ nicht zu kurz kommen. Beim Fachtreffen können Sie in die Rolle einer Teilnehmerin/eines Teilnehmers der MAKER DAYS schlüpfen und all das ausprobieren, was Sie bei der Führung durch den Makerspace begeistert hat.

Es erwarten Sie kurze Fachvorträge von Martin Ebner, Kristin Narr, Sandra Schön und Maria Grandl.

Die Veranstaltung ist kostenfrei und wir freuen uns über jede Anmeldung: [Link zum Anmeldefomular]

[publication] Experiences with a MOOC-platform — Who are our learners and what do they think about MOOCs? #research #MOOC #emoocs #imoox

Our contribution about „Experiences with a MOOC-platform — Who are our learners and what do they think about MOOCs?“ to this year eMOOCs conference in Naples got published now:

iMooX, the first and currently only Austrian MOOC platform, has been hosting xMOOCs since 2014. Directly after the start a survey of the first three MOOCs was conducted and published in 2015. In the meantime, the MOOC platform contains more than 45 courses and serves many thousands of learners. Therefore, we are investigating, if there is a change towards the learners themselves, their expectations and experiences regarding learning with MOOCs as well as with the platform. Using the exact same survey as years before it can be shown that there are little changes in the right directions or maybe it can be concluded that learning with MOOCs became more common to a broader public, at least in the academic world.

[Full article @ ResearchGate]

[Conference Proceeding eMOOCs 2019]

Reference: Leitner, P., Ebner, M. (2019) Experiences with a MOOC-platform — Who are our learners and what do they think about MOOCs?. Proceedings of Work in Progress Papers of the Research, Experience and Business Tracks at EMOOCs 2019co-located with the (European MOOCs Stakeholders Submmit 2019) Conference. pp 163-168. Naples, Italy

[interview] Der Einsatz von Technologien kann nie Selbstzweck sein #conference #swiss #elearning

Anlässlich des 10-jährigen Jubiläums der Swiss eLearning conference durfte ich ein kurzes Interview geben und man hat es mit dem Titel „Der Einsatz von Technologien kann nie Selbstzweck sein“ versehen. Zum Nachlesen steht es zusammen mit den Interviews meiner 21 Kolleginnen und Kollegen hier.

[CallForPaper] Mini Track on Gender Sensitive GBL #ECGBL19

Die „13th European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL)“ findet heuer in Odense, Denmark statt und ich darf hier auf einen Mini-Track zu Gender Sensitive GBL hinweisen. Abstract ist bis zum 14.3.2019 einzureichen

[Call for the MiniTrack]

[presentation] Be creative and just Make IT! #makereducation #makerdays #tugraz

I am giving today a short introduction in our maker education activities, especially about the MakerDays for Kids, at the IMAGINE 18 conference in vienna. Here you can find the slides of the talk:

[presentation] Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It #makerdays #making #research

Thanks a lot to Maria who did the presentation about our contribution „Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It“ at this year edurobotics conference in Rome. Here you can find the slides:

[presentation] Introducing Augmented Reality at Secondary Colleges of Engineering

Thanks to Andreas – he gave a short presentaion of his exciting work about the use of augmented reality in classroom at an engineering school in Austria at this year International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education (E&PDE2018).
Here you can find his slides:

[publication] Kissed by the Muse: Promoting Computer Science Education for All with the Calliope Board #Making #MakerEducation

At this year Ed-Media conference in Amsterdam we published our research work about „Kissed by the Muse: Promoting Computer Science Education for All with the Calliope Board“.

Abstract:

A critical approach to new technologies requires a general understanding of the logical and technical aspects behind them. In the German-speaking part of Europe, we experience, that computer science education in school is still considered less important than other scientific subjects, especially in secondary and primary school. This is particularly disadvantageous for girls, as they stick to gender stereotypes and social expectation and do not opt for a male-dominated career path. To foster kids and teenagers’ interest in science, technology and particularly in programming, we believe, that active encouragement in school and hands-on experience play a vital role. Visual programming languages, age-appropriate development environments and educational robots or boards like the Calliope mini allow an easy entry into this field. To impart coding skills and to practise computational thinking, the Graz University of Technology offered workshops with the title “Coding with the Calliope mini – a playful approach to the digital world”. The aim of the paper is to present the Calliope initiative and to describe the importance of extracurricular offers to promote computer science education for boys and girls. The outcome of the study shows that the Calliope mini can boost programming activities and attract students. Nevertheless, the results show, that it does not influence teenage girls’ decisions for their future life and career, which correspond to gender stereotypes.

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Grandl, M. & Ebner, M. (2018). Kissed by the Muse: Promoting Computer Science Education for All with the Calliope Board. In Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 606-615). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

[presentation] OER an Hochschulen – Entwicklungen in Österreich #OER #Austria #OpenEducation

Open Educational Resources bzw. Open Education ist eines meiner großen Anliegen, da ich felsenfest davon überzeugt bin, dass man dadurch einerseits Bildung besser erreichbar machen kann und andererseits erst dann die Potentiale der Digitalisierung genutzt werden können. Daher versuchen wir das Thema national weiter zu verankern. Umso mehr freut es mich, dass man mich zur OER-KA Konferenz über „Freie Bildungsmaterialien in der Hochschullehre“ als Keynote-Speaker eingeladen hat um die österreichischen Entwicklungen aufzuzeigen. Hier einmal meine Folien:

Die wichtigsten Inhalte im Rahmen der Präsentation:

  • Empfehlungen für die Integration von Open Educational Resources an Hochschulen in Österreich [Link]
  • Konzept OER-Zertifizierung an österreichischen Hochschulen [Link]
  • Open Education Austria Projekt [Link]
  • OER-Leitfaden [Link]
  • OER-Canvas [Link]