[presentation] Learning Anaytics: Einsatz an österreichischen Hochschulen #fnma #LearningAnalytics

Ich habe zusammen mit vielen Kolleginnen und Kollegen im Rahmen einer Arbeitsgruppe des Forums Neue Medien in der Lehre Austria (FNMA) ein Whitepaper zu „Learning Analaytics: Einsatz an österreichischen Hochschulen“ erstellt und darf diese heute im Rahmen einer Veranstaltung präsentieren. Hier die Folien dazu:

FNMA – Neues Portal online #fnma

Es freut uns, dass es nach einem Jahr Arbeitszeit gelungen ist, das Portal des Vereins Forum Neue Medien in der Lehre Austria, kurz fnma, in neuem Glanz erstrahlen zu lassen. Darüber hinaus wurde auch das eScience-Portal erfolgreich in die neue Website intergriert um so noch mehr Service für unsere Mitglieder und alle am Thema interessierten Personen bieten zu können.
Viel Spaß also mit dem neuen Portal 🙂

[publication] Does Gamification in MOOC Discussion Forums Work? #imoox #research #mooc

Our this year’s contribution to the eMOOCs conference is about „Does Gamification in MOOC Discussion Forums Work?„. The chapter is dealing with the idea to enhance a discussion forum with different gamification elements.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a new form of learning environment aimed towards accessibility and openness using contemporary technologies. One of the MOOC’s key features is the social interaction which usually takes place in discussion forums. This article focuses on reworking and analyzing the existing iMooX forum by enriching the new design with gamification elements. The intended objectives aim at refreshing the current style and improving its handling and usability. This article provides our experience of this implementation as well as examining whether or not the gamification ele-ments can help increase the participation rate and the teacher-to-student and student-to-student communication exchange. Results of the new design showed a good user satisfaction and a slight positive impact.

[Publication @ Springer]

[Draft verstion @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Reischer M., Khalil M., Ebner M. (2017) Does Gamification in MOOC Discussion Forums Work?. In: Delgado Kloos C., Jermann P., Pérez-Sanagustín M., Seaton D., White S. (eds) Digital Education: Out to the World and Back to the Campus. EMOOCs 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10254. Springer, Cham, pp. 95-101. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-59044-8_11

[publication] How to foster forum discussions within MOOCs: A case study #imoox #mooc

Our research work titled „How to foster forum discussions within MOOCs: A case study“ got published as part of the International Journal of Academic Research in Education. We introduce some of our experiences concerning discussion forums in MOOCs.

Discussion forums are an essential part to foster interaction among teachers and students, as well as students and students, in virtual learning settings. If interaction can be enhanced, this has a positive influence on motivation and finally also on dropout rates. These days, a special form of online courses, so-called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), are popping up massively. Those courses are characterized by a high number of students. In this paper, we would like to examine discussion forums and their role concerning interaction. Therefore, Gilly Salmon’s well-known Five stage model is taken and adapted to MOOCs based on a case study. As a method, we tracked learners’ data through learning analytics applications and concluded that there is a positive correlation between reading from one side and writing in forums from the other side.

[Link to Full Paper @ IJARE]

[Link to Full Paper @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Lackner, E., Khalil, M. & Ebner, M. (2016). How to foster forum discussions within MOOCs: A case study, International Journal of Academic Research in Education, 2(2), 01‐13. DOI: 10.17985/ijare.31432