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[publication] Enhancements in Engineering Design Education at Austrian HTL #reseach #SecondaryEducation

Our contribution to this year International Conference on Engineering Design in Vancouver was titled „Enhancements in Engineering Design Education at Austrian HTL


In 2007, a research partnership program between Austrian schools and universities called „Sparkling Science“ was founded by the Austrian federal ministry of Science, Research and Economy (Birke, 2013). The main objective has been to bring science and schools together, in particular, to increase interest for STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The reason for this project is because of huge demand for engineers both in Austria and in Europe. Through such projects, students of Austrian schools are able to work together with scientists of universities or universities of applied sciences on defined project tasks (Probst et al., 2016). Since 2007 the Austrian vocational school HTL Linz LITEC has conducted three Sparkling Science projects with TU Wien, with two projects focusing introducing product data management (PDM) to engineering design education and the other project focusing on systems engineering.

[Full Paper @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Probst, A., Gerhard, D., Ramseder, N., Ebner, M. (2017) Enhancements in Engineering Design Education at Austrian HTL. In: Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Vol. 9: Design Education, Vancouver, Canada, 21.-25.08.2017. pp. 1-8

[publication] A Math Training Platform to Foster Individual Learning #tugraz #math

Our chapter about „A Math Training Platform to Foster Individual Learning“ got published now. We describe there our innovative service Neo-Lernhilfen to train math skills on an individual level.


The use of mobile technologies such as Smartphone, Tablet are becoming more pervasive in our daily lives. Obviosly, it should also be used and integrated to support learning seamlessly. But not all learning environments can be used with all these devices. In some cases special libraries are needed (e.g. flash not available on iPAD, Mac OS X) or a permanent internet connection to a learning-platform is necessary. This publication proposes a new way in math education using the standard format PDF with completly auto-generated tasks for seamless learning and presents new learning scenarios for collaborations. On the one hand a new information system will be described and on the other hand use cases are carried out to establish individual learning. It can be concluded that indivitual math training is an important step to foster future education.

[Link to draft version @ ResearchGate]

[Link to final book]

Reference: Neuherz, E., Ebner, M. (2016) A Math Training Platform to Foster Indivitual Learning. In: Şad, S. N., & Ebner, M. (eds). Digital Tools for Seamless Learning (pp. 1-26). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-1692-7

[imoox] Trailer zu „Startup-Journey“ #imoox #mooc #tugraz

Es freut uns mittels Trailer einen unserer nächsten MOOCs auf iMooX ankündigen zu können: „Startup-Journey“. Start wird im April sein, anmelden kann man sich aber jetzt bereits hier: [Link zur Anmeldeseite]
Zum Inhalt:

Es gibt viele Menschen mit vielen Ideen, die nur darauf warten umgesetzt zu werden und ein neues Unternehmen / StartUp entstehen zu lassen. Der Weg von der Initiierung der Idee bis zur Umsetzung in einem Geschäftsmodell, wirft viele Fragen auf. Unternehmerisches Denken und Handeln ist für eine Gründung obligate Voraussetzung. Hauptinhalt dieses Kurses ist die Erstellung eines Geschäftsmodelles die für die eigene Idee angewandt werden soll um sich mit einigen unternehmenswichtigen Fragen zu beschäftigen. Dafür werden Basiswissen und Methoden sowie deren Umgang vermittelt um am Ende des Kurses Kenntnis über die Erstellung zu besitzen.

[Interview] “We’re facing an educational revolution” #tugraz

FeedbackrI just feel honored. Honored, because I was asked to give an interview for a startup of my former students and I am indeed very proud that our former initial idea to create a small and simple application for giving feedback in lecture room is now a widespreaded and well suited tool. Congratultions to the feedbackr team, you are simply great 🙂

[Interview „We’re facing an educational revolution„]

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 11 / No. 10 #ijet #research

Issue 11(9)Issue 11(10) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Quality Assurance for Reusable Learning Objects on a Peer-To-Peer Network
  • Student Assessment System for Distance Education on Financial Management
  • Application of a Big Data Platform in the Course of Java Language Programming
  • Extraction of Relevant Terms and Learning Outcomes from Online Courses
  • A Multimedia Teaching System with Special Acoustic Effects in the Course of Aerobics
  • Integration and Application of Animation Production Simplification in a VR Virtual Reality Teaching System
  • Analysis on the Man-Machine-Environment Collaborative Teaching Method for Mining Engineering Major
  • Digital Mining Technology-Based Teaching Mode for Mining Engineering
  • A Hierarchical Teaching Mode of College Computer Basic Application Course Based on K-means and Improved PSO Algorithm
  • EXPEL Protocol Based Architecture for Cooperative E-Learning
  • A Proposed Model for Detecting Learning Styles Based on Agent Learning
  • Motivation for Using ICT and Pupils with Learning Difficulties
  • Teachers’ Informal Learning via Social Networking Technology

Nevertheless, if you are interested to become a reviewer for the journal, please just contact me :-).

[publication] TwitterSuitcase – How to Make Twitter Useful for Event/Lecture Participants #research #twitter

Our publication about „TwitterSuitcase – How to Make Twitter Useful for Event/Lecture Participants“ got published right now.


This publication introduces a tool for analysis and visualization of tweets for a particular event. Recently, many related studies have analysed and extracted information from social media such as Twitter. However, the majority of those approaches are aiming at providing specific content-based information. The objective of this research work is to provide an overview of data collection for a specific event by analysing and visualizing all collected tweets. Furthermore, this paper will focus on applying the outlined approach when using Twitter during conferences and determining what kind of information is used for some specific event.
Two Twitter events have been created for this purpose and the obtained results are presented, explained and discussed. The result of data processing represents a summary of a Twitter event and allows an overview of various information such as the most popular hashtags, users who tweet the most, the most published links, list of all used software platforms, etc. It also includes a timeline of tweets in terms of years, months, days and hours depending on duration of events. Finally, the future of Twitter and the visualization of its data is discussed

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner. M., Harmandic, S. (2016) TwitterSuitcase – How to Make Twitter Useful for Event/Lecture Participants. In: Wallace, K. (Ed.). Learning Environments: Emerging Theories, Applications and Future Directions, Nova publishers, pp. 175 – 196, ISBN 978-1-63484-893-0

[imoox] Start von Entrepreneurship for Engineers #imoox

Ein weitere MOOC ist gestern an den Start gegangen: „Entrepreneurship for Engineers„. Damit bietet die Technische Universität Graz erstmals auch etwas im Bereich „unternehmerische Universität“ an mit der Idee vielen Studierenden auf ihrem Weg in die Praxis zu helfen:

Durch „Entrepreneurship for Engineers” wird eine Brücke geschlagen zwischen der universitären Ausbildung und den Anforderungen an die angehenden Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieure in der Privatwirtschaft/Industrie.
Dabei wird besonderes Augenmerk auf die praktischen Anforderungen an junge Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieure in der Industrie und auch die Vorbereitung auf den Berufseinstieg gelegt und folglich die komplexen und mehrdimensionalen Aufgaben an junge Führungskräfte aus unterschiedlichen Fachbereichen betrachtet.

Das Teaservideo hatte ich bereits ja geteilt, aber gerne nochmals:

Man kann sich jederzeit zum Kurs anmelden, mitmachen ist ausdrücklich erwünscht 🙂

[Link zum Kurs „Entrepreneurship for Engineers„]

[imoox, gadi] Zukunft des Schulbuchs, der Bildung und dann gibt es da noch Learning Analytics #imoox #gadi16

Martin Ebner / GADI 2012Schoen SandraDer MOOC „Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Informationstechnologie“ auf iMooX geht nun schon in die sechste Woche. Diesesmal sind die Experten Sandra Schön, Mohammad Khalil und ich selbst dran.
Wir tragen zum MOOC die Themen Schulbücher und die Bildung an sich bei Mohammad Khalil – provokativ und anregend war die Vorgabe 🙂 .
Und dann setzt Mohammad der Diskussion mit dem Thema Learning Analytics noch das Sahnehäubchen drauf.
Also unbedingt vorbei schauen und mitdiskutieren – der Einstieg in den MOOC ist ebenso jederzeit möglich.
[Link zum Kurs]

[publication] Google Glass in Face-to-face Lectures – Prototype and First Experiences #AR #research

Our paper about „Google Glass in Face-to-face Lectures – Prototype and First Experiences“ got published in the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies.

Graz University of Technology has a long tradition in doing technology-enhanced courses. Following the latest trends, as mentioned in the NMC Horizon Report [32], we reviewed the possibility to use a wearable technology, in our case the Google GlassTM, in courses to improve the interaction between the lecturer and the audience with a special focus on huge classes. The lack of interaction in traditional face-to-face lectures is a well-known problem with a long research history [4], [12]. New technologies in Audience Response Systems (ARS) offer new ways to improve the interaction between teacher and student by enabling to ask questions to the audience [5] to get instant feedback during a lecture. Currently many types of web-based ARSs are available on the market [15]. Our research focused on finding an ARS suitable for the visualization in the Google Glass display. Further we developed a prototype and described first practical experiences.

[Full Text @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Mühlburger, H., Ebner, M. (2016) Google Glass in Face-to-face Lectures – Prototype and First Experiences. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM). 10(1). pp. 27-34

[presentation] A STEM MOOC for School Children – What Does Learning Analytics Tell us? #imoox

Our presentation about „A STEM MOOC for School Children – What Does Learning Analytics Tell us?“ at this year ICL 2015 conference is online available. We did this work to contribute to the workshop on „Learning and Assessment Analytics in STEM Education„: