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[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“.


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]

Open Acces Tage in Graz – wir sind dabei #OER #imoox #OEA

Wir freuen uns, dass wir heuer auch bei den Open-Access-Tagen in Graz mit unserem Lieblingsthema (OER) vertreten sein werden. Es wurde heuer auch als Schwerpunkt aufgenommen und da haben wir natürlich die Chance genutzt. Sowohl die OER-Stratgie, iMooX oder auch das Open Education Austria Projekt – zu erzählen haben wir ja viel. Noch mehr freuen würde uns, wenn viele vorbei schauen und mitdiskutieren 🙂

Unserer Programmpunkte:

  1. 25.9 11.30-13.00 Uhr: Wie erstelle ich OER? (Open Training Workshop)
  2. 25.9 16.30-18.20 Uhr: OER in Österreich – ein Überblick über die nationale Strategie (Aufbau einer nationalen OER-Infrastruktur am Beispiel des Open-Education-Austria-Projektes)
  3. 26.9 9.30-11.00 Uhr: iMooX – eine MOOC-Plattform mit OER? (Communities & Community-Tools)

[Programm der Open-Access-Tage 2018]

[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.


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