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[publication] It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts #imoox #mooc #tugraz

Our publication about „It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.

Abstract:

Programming is considered as an essential skill in the 21st century. Visual programming languages and age-appropriate development environments allow an easy entry into this field. Nevertheless, it is very challenging to bring those skills in a very short time frame to schools, to their teachers, and to school children themselves. Therefore, Graz University of Technology started a Massive Open Online Course named “Learning to code: Programming with Pocket Code” which is intended to teach coding skills to school children as well as teachers in a very fast, flexible and effective way. The learning content within the course is published under an open license to allow the reuse, modification and dissemination of the materials in different teaching and learning contexts. In this research work, we will present structure and concept of the MOOC. A special emphasis will be given on how the MOOC can be used in school and on the fact, that the content can be disseminated in a variety of ways.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: Grandl, M., Ebner, M., Slany, W., Janisch, S. (2018) It’s in your pocket: A MOOC about programming for kids and the role of OER in teaching and learning contexts.In: Conference Proceeding Open Educational Global Conference 2018. p. 9. Delft, Netherlands

[publication] Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies #LearningAnalytics #STELA

Our publication about „Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.

Abstract:

This papers focuses on the use of learning dashboards in higher education to foster self-regulated learning and open education. Students in higher education have to evolve to independent and lifelong learners. Actionable feedback during learning that evokes critical self-reflection, helps to set learning goals, and strengthens self-regulation will be supportive in the process. Therefore, this paper presents three case studies of learning analytics in higher education and the experiences in transferring them from one higher education institute than the other. The learning dashboard from the three case studies is based on two common underlying principles. First, they focus on the inherent scalability and transferability of the dashboard: both considering the underlying data and the technology involved. Second, the dashboard use as underlying theoretical principles Actionable Feedback and the Social Comparison Theory. The learning dashboards from the case studies are not considered as the contribution of this paper, as they have been presented elsewhere. This paper however describes the three learning dashboards using the general framework of Greller and Drachsler (2012) to enhance understanding and comparability. For each of the case study, the actual experiences of transferability obtained within a European collaboration project (STELA, 2017) are reported. This transferability and scalability is the first-step of creating truly effective Open Educational Resources from the Learning Analtyics Feedback dashboards. The paper discusses how this collaboration impacted and transformed the institutes involved and beyond. The use of open education technology versus proprietary solutions is described, discussed, and translated in recommendations. As such the research work provides insight on how learning analytics resources could be transformed into open educational resources, freely usable in other higher education institutes.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: De Laet, T., Broos, T., van Staalduinen, J.-P., Ebner, M., Leitner, P. (2018)Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies. In: Conference Proceeding Open Educational Global Conference 2018. p. 14. Delft, Netherlands

[publication] Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice #iderblog #oer #learninganalytics

Our publication about „Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.

Abstract:

The article depicts the blogging platform IDeRBlog as an example of an Open Educational Resources Practice. The exercise databases of IDeRBlog are focussed in the context of orthography training. After briefly outlining Open Educational Resources an overview on how the exercises were researched and reviewed according to an established quality framework is given. This is followed by the Analysis of missing exercises and the creation of IDeRBlog exercises by the project team.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: Gros, M., Aspalter, C., Ebner, M., Ebner, M., Steinhauer, N., Adolph, H., Ankner, L., Biermeier, S., Cormann, M., Edtstadler, K., Ernst, S., Gabriel, S., Goor, G., Huppertz, A., Irmag, K., Leitner, P., Martich, S., Taraghi, B., Ullmann, M. & Wintschnig, M. (2018) Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice. In: Open Education Global Conference 2018: OEGlobal2018. Van Valkenburg, W. & Schuwer, R. (Hrsg.). Delft University of Technology, 5 S.

[presentation] Tausend tolle Sachen – Wer, Wie, Was? #OER #TEL

Im Rahmen der Tagung „Digitalisierung der Bildung“ in Chur darf ich heute rund um das Thema freie Bildungsressourcen (OER) reden – hier unsere Folien dazu:

[publication] How Inverse Blended Learning Can Turn Up Learning with MOOCs? #imoox #InverseBlendedLearning

We did a publication about „How Inverse Blended Learning Can Turn Up Learning with MOOCs?“ for this year MOOC-Maker conference and reported about our sucessful MOOC-strategy Inverse Blended Learning.

Abstract:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been a hype in technology enhanced learning systems the last couple of years. The promises behind MOOCs stand on delivering free and open education to the public, as well as training a large criterion of students. However, MOOCs clashes severely with students dropout which by then forced educationalists to deeply think of MOOCs effectivity from all angles. As a result, the authors of this paper pro-pose a pedagogical idea that strongly depends on injecting the online learning (MOOC) with face-to-face sessions to refresh the students minds as well as in-tegrating them in the real learning process. The authors after that analyze the re-sults of their experiment using Learning Analytics. The outcomes have shown a new record of certification ratio (35.4%), an improvement of student interaction in the MOOC platform, and a manifest in social interaction in the MOOC dis-cussion forum.

[Full paper @ CEUR-WS]

[Full paper @ Reserarchgate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Khalil, M., Schön, S., Gütl, C., Aschemann, B., Frei, W., Röthler, D. (2017) How Inverse Blended Learning Can Turn Up Learning with MOOCs? In: Proceedings of the International Conference MOOC-MAKER 2017. Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, November 16-17, 2017, pp. 21-30

[presentation] Digitalisierung der Hochschule – wieso und wozu? #tugraz #bolognatag

Im Rahmen des Bologna-Tages 2017 darf ich heute in zwei Workshops meine Gedanken zur Digitalisierung der Hochschule präsentieren. Bereits in der Vorbereitung hab ich mir doch viele Gedanken gemacht, was es wirklich heißt, wenn die Digitalisierung umfassend wird. Vor allem meine letzte Folie bringt mich immer wieder selbst zum Nachdenken: Was passiert wirklich, wenn die Hochhschullehre zur Gänze digitalisiert ist und alle erdenklichen Kurse im Netz vorhanden sind. Wenn die Lernenden von morgen tatsächlich von den „Besten“ lernen können, völlig entkoppelt von Ort und Zeit? Dann glaub ich hat das dramatische Auswirkungen auf das Rollenbild der Hochschule wie wir sie derzeit kennen – wir müssen uns verändern, Bildung erreichbar machen und vielmehr in die Diskussion und den aktiven Austausch mit den Studierenden gehen. Der Mehrwert einer persönlichen Betreuung muss spürbar sein und ich als Professor hab die Verantwortung die mir anvertrautetn Studierenden zu bilden und für einen Arbeitsmarkt vorzubereiten. Ein bloßes „vorlesen“ wird zuwenig sein, es braucht neue Herangehensweise, ansonsten bleibt die Hochschule zurück. Also halten wir im Hinterkopf, dass mittelfristig alles „automatisiert werden wird, was automatisiert werden kann“ und ich fürchte das ist mehr als wir uns derzeit vorstellen können.

Nun aber hier meine Folien:

OER auf dem Nachtcamp der dhgd Tagung (9.3.17) #oer

Ja, für OER sind Sandra Schön und ich gerne zu haben. Wenn es sein muss und Christian Spannagel, Timo van Treeck und Lutz Berger so nett anfragen, natürlich auch Nachts. Die drei organisieren nämlich im Rahmen der dhgd Tagung 2017 ein Nachtcamp (9.3.17). Und Sandra und ich sind quasi die Mitternachtseinlage (es geht aber noch länger!). Ein Live-Stream ist angekündigt – und wird sicher via Twitter & Co zeitnah geteilt werden. Bis dann!
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[publication] Recommendations for OER Integration in Austrian Higher Education #fnma #OER #tugraz

Together with my colleagues of the austrian wide OER-working group we published our findings about „Recommendations for OER Integration in Austrian Higher Education“ at this year EADTU 2016 conference.
Abstract:

Open Educational Resources (OER) are considered an important instrument to increase access and to facilitate the reuse of learning content. Educational institutions, especially those in Higher Education, play a crucial role in the production of OER, since they are the main producers of learning materials. To foster this production, a national strategy or at a least a national commitment to OER is necessary. Moreover, due to the very strict copyright law in Austria, this achievement is of high importance and necessity. In this publication, we will introduce recommendations for the integration of OER in all Higher Education institutions in Austria; these were developed by a national workgroup consisting of different stakeholders (government, library, funder, Higher Education and special interest groups). The overall aim is to achieve sustainability for the educational sector, especially with regard to the usage of learning materials by different lecturers as well as institutions. The cooperation among various stakeholders on different levels needs to be in the centre of all further efforts, which should be based upon six explicit requirements:

  1. Mandatory commitment to OER
  2. Establishment of a nationwide information platform for exchange and cooperation
  3. Establishment of nationwide educational programmes for different stakeholders
  4. Establishment of national OER badges
  5. Targeted financial and structural promotion of OER
  6. Establishment of OER strategies within each institution and as a comprehensive approach

Each requirement will be described in more detail and a roadmap will illustrate how OER can be successfully integrated at Higher Education institutions in the next ten years.

[Full paper @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Kopp, M., Freisleben-Deutscher, C., Gröblinger, O., Rieck, K., Schön, S., Seitz, P, Seissl, M., Ofner, S., Zimmermann, C., Zwiauer, C. (2016) Recommendations for OER Integration in Austrian Higher Education. In: Conference Proceedings: The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, EADTU 2016, pp. 34-44

[publication] Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children #making #imoox

Our publication on „Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children“ at this year ICL conference in publication got published.

Abstract:

The Maker Movement or do-it-yourself culture is a concept uses novel, mostly via digital applications and tools to emphasize the learning- through-doing in the social environment. This culture inspires teachers through learning by construction and is seen as an important driver for education. In this chapter, we introduce the Maker Movement and describe how it contributes to the STEM education. The authors recite their experience through the project “Maker Days for Kids” which after that, was served as a fundamental base for a following Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This online course brought some of the emerging technologies together with an appropriate didactical pro- ject about “Making activities for classrooms” to the public. It can be concluded that the MOOC assists in fostering the STEM education by rapidly transferring knowledge to the involved teachers.

[Draft version @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Schön, S., Khalil, M. (2016) Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children. Conference Proceeding 19th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2016), Belfast, pp. 1233-1244

[workshop, publication] Successful transition from secondary to higher education using learning analytics #STELA #LearningAnalytics

For the first time we introduced our project STELA to a broader publid at the 44th SEFI conference in Finland. In our main focus is the transition from secondary to higher education using learning anlaytics.
Introduction:

The economic and financial crisis is having an important socio-economic effect in Europe and is threatening Europe’s economic growth model and employment and the sustainability of Europe’s welfare model. To counter the crisis, Europe should further evolve to a knowledge- driven and technology-based economy. This evolution however causes a rise in the demand for personnel with post-secondary education diploma, since many jobs in such a knowledge en technology-drive economy require at least a postsecondary education (Carnevale & Desrochers 2003). However, during the transition from secondary to higher education a lot of high-potential students drop out (Banger 2008).

[Full Workshop publication @ ResearchGate]

Reference: De Laet, T, Broos, T.,van Staalduinen, J.-P., Leitner, P., Ebner, M. (2016) Successful transition from secondary to higher education using learning analytics. 44th SEFI Conference, Tampere, Finland [.pdf]