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[CfP] Learning Analytics for Secondary and Higher Education #LearningAnalytics

STELATogether with my colleagues from the STELA project we are organising a parallel session for next year International HCI 2017 conference (9 – 14 July 2017) in Vancouver. Our session is dealing with the topic „Learning Analytics for Secondary and Higher Education“ and we are looking for contributions in this field.
If your are interested in the session we are able to send you a personal invitiation through the submission system. Therefore just send a short email to martin [dot] ebner [at] tugraz [dot] at.

Deadlines for the Call:

  • Deadline for submissions (abstract; 800 words) for review: 25 November 2016
  • Notification of Review Outcome: 23 December 2016
  • Deadline for Camera-ready version (full papers, typically 10 pages, with minimum 8 pages long, maximum 12 pages long): 10 February 2017

Please note that Papers will appear in volumes of the Lecture Notes by Springer.

[publication] R.I.P. E-Mail * 1965 – ✝ 2015 #tugraz #edmediaconf

Our publication about „R.I.P. E-Mail * 1965 – ✝ 2015“ at this year ED-Media conference is now online available. The presentation slides have been published right here.


For the ninth time, the Graz University of Technology has carried out a survey amongst its freshmen in order to find out their preferences and habits according to the use of modern IT- and Web- technologies. Besides the remarkable long-term changes in regards to the ownership of technology, the results of this year ́s (2015) survey yielded a sensation. The instant messaging client for smartphones “WhatsApp” has superseded e-mailing from its leading position of being the preferred communication media. E-mailing was displaced on second place for the first time after nine years of survey. A clear trend can be stated in regards to communication media. The influence of WhatsApp on other communication behavior, notably e-mail and SMS, as well as the lasting rise of WhatsApp itself are special focuses of this paper.

[Full publication @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Nagler, W., Ebner, M. & Schön, M. (2016). R.I.P E-Mail * 1965 – ✝ 2015. In Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2016 (pp. 464-473). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

[publication] Empfehlungen für die Integration von Open Educational Resources an Hochschulen in Österreich #fnma #OER

Nach einem längeren Arbeitsprozess im Rahmen der Arbeitsgruppe OER des Forums Neue Medien in der Lehre Austria ist das Empfehlungsschreiben nun veröffentlicht worden. Damit wollen wir die nachhaltige Integration von freien Bildungsressourcen an österreichischen Hochschulen forcieren und auch sicherstellen.

Dieses Dokument dient dazu, einerseits einen kurzen Überblick über freie Bildungsressourcen (Open Educational Resources, kurz: OER) generell und speziell in Österreich zu geben, sowie andererseits Empfehlungen für die österreichische Hochschullandschaft in Bezug auf eine nachhaltige Verankerung von OER in der Bildungslandschaft auszusprechen. Insbesondere wird betont, dass dafür ein Zusammenwirken aller Beteiligten – von der Politik bis hin zu den Lehrenden – notwendig ist.

[Empfehlungsschreiben bei ResearchGate]

[Empfehlungsschreiben bei fnm-austria]

Referenz: Ebner, M., Freisleben-Teutscher, C., Gröblinger, O., Kopp, M., Rieck, K., Schön, S., Seitz, P., Seissl, M., Ofner, S. & Zwiauer, C. (2016) Empfehlungen für die Integration von Open Educational Resources an Hochschulen in Österreich. Forum Neue Medien in der Lehre Austria, 22 S.

Weiters gibt es auch eine Kurzpräsentation des Arbeitspapiers schon online:

[EMOOCs MOOC] Assessment and Higher Education #emoocs2016 #imoox

EMOOCs 2016Just 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.

[Register for the preconference MOOC]

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[publication] System for Producing and Distributing Lecture Recordings and Livestreams Using Opencast Matterhorn

Our publication about „Automatic System for Producing and Distributing Lecture Recordings and Livestreams Using Opencast Matterhorn“ got published in the Journal of Educational Issues.


Lectures of courses at universities are increasingly being recorded and offered through various distribution channels to support students’ learning activities. This research work aims to create an automatic system for producing and distributing high quality lecture recordings. Opencast Matterhorn is an open source platform for automated video capturing and distribution and will be integrated fully in the introduced system. Beside lecture recordings livestreams of events in lecture halls are also being distributed, so that students have access to lecture content anywhere. In this publication we describe the technical implementation as well as discuss the strength and the weakness of such solution.

[Link to full article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Jonach, R., Ebner, M., Grigoriadis, Y. (2015) Automatic System for Producing and Distributing Lecture Recordings and Livestreams Using Opencast Matterhorn. Journal of Educational Issues 1(2). pp. 149-158

[publication] Why Facebook Swallowed WhatsApp! #tugraz

Our publication at this year ED-Media 2015 conference „Why Facebook Swallowed WhatsApp!“ is now online available.


Since 2007 Graz University of Technology has undertaken questionnaires on its first- year students. The main goal of that annual survey basically concentrates on the IT- and Web- competences as long as they are related to e-learning. The long-term results display progresses and trends that need to be taken into account for a university’s e-learning strategy. The results of this year mainly state a tremendous triumph of the application WhatsApp. It ́s influence on the usage of other applications and it’s relation to Facebook is specially focused. There is no evidence that using WhatsApp has a negative effect on Facebook. Quite the contrary; WhatsApp is another big push on the steady growing usage of modern media for learning purposes.

[Link to full text]

Reference: Nagler, W., Ebner, M., Schön, M. (2015). Why Facebook Swallowed WhatsApp!. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2015. pp. 1383-1392 Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

[publication] Introducing MOOCs to Middle European Universities – is it worth it to accept the challenge?

Our contribution to the Special Issue on MOOCs for the International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning is titled „Introducing MOOCs to Middle European Universities – is it worth it to accept the challenge?„.

The paper deals with necessary requirements to implement MOOCs at European universities, by the example of Austria. As the respective general conditions and business environments are obviously different from the university system in the United States the analysis of advantages and obstacles of offering MOOCs is done from a local point of view including lecturers’ and students’ perspectives as well as necessary preconditions that have to be established by the universities and the government. Thereby, challenges in the fields of content creation, the supply of MOOCs, the assessment of knowledge and the development of business models are pointed out and discussed.

Reference: Kopp, M., Ebner, M., Dorfer-Novak, A. (2014) Introducing MOOCs to Middle European Universities – is it worth it to accept the challenge?, International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning, Vol. 2/3, pp. 46-52
[Link to full article (open access)]

[presentation] Interaction in mass education

My keynote talk at this year SMART (Social Media in Academia: Research and Training) conference about „Interaction in mass education“ is now online available:

Here is the recording:

[publication] Social Media Usage at Universities – How should it be done?

Our contribution to this year WEBIST conference about „Social Media Usage at Universities – How should it be done?“ is now online available.

The social media hype these days is omnipresent, encouraging even public institutions to participate. This study seeks to reveal, which factors have to be kept in mind, when doing social media work at universities. It also is an attempt to provide a list of recommendations and possible fields of action to ensure an efficient presence in social web. Therefore we analyzed the present situation of university efforts and evaluated the success by measuring user engagement concerning different aspects of social media activities (e.g. content, publishing time, frequency of activities, existence of visual elements, additional links, etc.) The study shows, that it seems less important how many times a week a university is publishing, or how long the text messages are in detail, but that there is a significant relationship between the contents of a post, the time of its publishing and the used elements, pointing out that users actively perceive and interact with social media activities that encourage contact between both: the profile-owner with the community and the community amongst itself – especially if made in a personal, emotional or funny way, offering people ways to identify with the institution and to connect with it through well-known habits and traditions.

Reference: Frey, J.-C.; Ebner, M.; Schön, M., Taraghi, B. (2013) Social Media Usage at Universities – How should it Be Done?. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies (WEBIST) 2013, SciTePress 2013, Karl-Heinz Krempels, Alexander Stocker (Eds.), pp. 608-616, ISBN 978-989-8565-54-9, Aachen, Germany, 8 – 10 May, 2013

[presentation] Social Media Usage at Universities – How should it be done?

Our presentation of this year WEBIST conference is now online available: