Reference: Meinel, C., Staubitz, T., Schweiger, S., Friedl, C., Kiers, J., Ebner, M., Lorenz, A., Ubachs, G., Mongenet, C., Ruipérez, J. A., Mendez, M. C., Merceron, A., von Schmieden, K. (2021). EMOOCS 2021. conference proceeding. Universitätsverlag Potsdam. pp. 308. ISBN 978-3-86956-512-5. https://doi.org/10.25932/publishup-51030
We are happy that we did a poster presentation at this year EMOOCS21 about „Open Tools and Methods to Support the Development of MOOCs: A Collection of How-tos, Monster Assignment and Kits„.
Abstract: There are a plethora of ways to guide and support people to learn about MOOC (massive open online course) development, from their first interest, sourcing supportive resources, methods and tools to better aid their understanding of the concepts and pedagogical approaches of MOOC design, to becoming a MOOC developer. This contribution highlights tools and methods that are openly available and re-usable under Creative Commons licenses. Our collection builds upon the experiences from three MOOC development and hosting teams with joint experiences of several hundred MOOCs (University of Applied Sciences in Lübeck, Graz University of Technology, University of Glasgow) in three European countries, which are Germany, Austria and the UK. The contribution recommends and shares experiences with short articles and poster for first information sharing a Monster MOOC assignment for beginners, a MOOC canvas for first sketches, the MOOC design kit for details of instructional design and a MOOC for MOOC makers and a MOOC map as introduction into a certain MOOC platform.
Referenz: John Kerr, Anja Lorenz, Sandra Schön, Martin Ebner, Andreas Wittke (2021) Open Tools and Methods to support the development of MOOCs: A Collection of How-tos, Monster Assignment and Kits. Poster Presentation at the EMOOCs Conference 2021, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16586.08642
At this year EMOOCS conference, virtually „in“ Potsdam, we contribute to the experience track with a publication about „Open Tools and Methods to support the development of MOOCs„. Here you can find our prerecorded talk. Thanks a lot for the interesting questions during the session.
I am very happy that 7th EMOOCs conference will be held in Potsdam next year – in June 2021. Together with Anja Lorenz I will chair the exeperience track and if possible I would love to see you on site.
Now the Call for Papers is online and we invite you to participate:
The Experience Track sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to debate and learn more about the role, current trends and future directions that MOOCs are taking to continue their online learning delivery in Higher Education. The track will bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss four important areas around MOOCs. First, by discussing best practices in MOOC production processes, quality assurance, with emphasis on sustainable models that address the issue of certification and credentialing. A second focus is on the incorporation of pedagogy and MOOC design elements that can bring rich learning experiences, as well as new innovative teaching and learning models that can match the expectations of the stakeholders. Third, we also invite contributions that reimagine and bring new affordances to the role of technology in MOOCs, such as the development or use of new virtual learning environments and social spaces, interactive and interoperable learning objects, immersive and wearable technologies, or techniques such as a gamification, and how all of these impact student engagement and learning outcomes. Last, the multiple roles of analytics within the MOOC ecosystem, for example to systematically optimize production or measure quality, to quantify the effectiveness of different learning designs and models in terms of learners’ engagement and outcomes, or to be included as part of new technological analytics products such as dashboards, adaptation or recommendation engines.
Find the final call right here at the conference website:
Our contribution about „Effects of a Mathematical Bridging Course“ to this year eMOOCs conference in Naples got published now:
The secondary to tertiary transition is generally considered as problematic. Thereby, especially mathematics is a significant barrier for students of universities. The reasons are diverse and occur not least because of the changes in the school curriculum caused by the centralised school leaving examination. Subsequently, many universities and academies in the European area provide various approaches to work against the widely spread issue. In 2018, a free accessible online bridging courses for mathematics was designed by Graz University of Technology. The course is provided on the iMooX platform 1 and represents a form of technology-enhanced learning. The aim is to optimise the design of the course considering the needs of freshmen and freshwomen. Following the active course period, course participants take part in evaluations. The outcomes are investigated, which represents the empirical part of the paper. The online course receives positive feedback. As a consequence, it is recommended to continue the course offer within the next few years.
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.
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
Our paper on „How MOOCs can be used as an instrument of scientific research“ at this year EMOOCs conference is now online available. Abstract:
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are an increasingly important phenomenon in the world of technology-enhanced learning. This development opens many opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction, not only for the purpose of researching MOOCs themselves, but for integrating them into various research settings. In this publication, we address the question of how MOOCs can be used as instruments in scientific research. Our suggestions are illustrated on the example of the „Dr. Internet“ project, which allowed us to gain practical experience in this area.
Reference: Zimmermann, C., Kopp, M., Ebner, M. (2016) How MOOCs can be used as an instrument of scientific research. In: Proceedings of the European Stakeholder Summit on experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs. Khalil, M., Ebner, M., Kopp, M., Lorenz, A., Kalz. M. (Eds.). BookOnDemand, Norderstedt. pp. 393 – 400
Our paper on „Portraying MOOCs Learners: a Clustering Experience Using Learning Analytics“ at this year EMOOCs conference is now online available. Abstract:
Massive Open Online Courses are remote courses that excel in their students‘ heterogeneity and quantity. Due to the peculiarity of being massiveness, the large datasets generated by MOOCs platforms require advance tools to reveal hidden patterns for enhancing learning and educational environments. This paper offers an interesting study on using one of these tools, clustering, to portray learners‘ engagement in MOOCs. The research study analyse a university mandatory MOOC, and also opened to the public, in order to classify students into appropriate profiles based on their engagement. We compared the clustering results across MOOC variables and finally, we evaluated our results with an eighties students‘ motivation scheme to examine the contrast between classical classes and MOOCs classes. Our research pointed out that MOOC participants are strongly following the Cryer’s scheme of Elton (1996).
Reference: Khalil, M., Kastl, C., Ebner, M. (2016) Portraying MOOCs Learners: a Clustering Experience Using Learning Analytics. In: Proceedings of the European Stakeholder Summit on experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs. Khalil, M., Ebner, M., Kopp, M., Lorenz, A., Kalz. M. (Eds.). BookOnDemand, Norderstedt. pp. 265 – 278
Today the EMOOCs conference is starting – for sure it will be a great event. If you did not find time to visit us, you can follow the twitter stream with the hashtag #emoocs2016. The whole conference proceeding is already available on ResearchGate.
Futhermore I will also give a presentation today about our Open Badges implemention for the iMooX platform. Here you can pick up the slides:
Just one week before the conference – EMOOCS 2016 – will happen here in Graz. Don’t forget to register for the conference. You have to hurry up now 🙂 .
The fifth and now last week presents as usual two further videos. This time there will be two contributions adressing the topics Assessment and Higher Education. So enjoy the last week and have a safe trip to Graz, we love to meet you personally. Btw, social mediac channels are up and running, follow us on Facebook as well as Twitter and use the Hashtag #emoocs2016.