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[publication] Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions #LearningAnalytics #tugraz #research

Our chapter on „Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions“ got published in the book „Utilizing Learning Analytics to Support Study Success


While a large number of scientific publications explain the development of prototypes or the implementation of case studies in detail, descriptions of the challenges and proper solutions when implementing learning analytics initiatives are rare. In this chapter, we provide a practical tool that can be used to identify risks and challenges that arise when implementing learning analytics (LA) initiatives and discuss how to approach these to find acceptable solutions. In this way, implementers are given the opportunity to handle challenges early on and avoid being surprised at a critical moment in the project, which will save time, resources, and effort. We are aware that all aspects needed to successfully carry out learning analytics initiatives are co-dependent. Nonetheless, we identified and categorized the criteria necessary for implementing successful learning analytics initiatives. We conclude this chapter with an overview of the challenges faced and possible approaches that can be taken to facilitate the successful implementation of learning analytics.

[full article @ Springer]

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Leitner P., Ebner M., Ebner M. (2019) Learning Analytics Challenges to Overcome in Higher Education Institutions. In: Ifenthaler D., Mah DK., Yau JK. (eds) Utilizing Learning Analytics to Support Study Success. Springer, Cham

[poster] Analysis of Misspellings in German Orthography in Grade 3 to 6 #iderblog #learninganalytics

At this year European Dyslexia Autumn Seminar 2018 in Munich, Germany Konstanze Edstadler introduced our IDeRBlog-project. Here you can find our poster:

IDeR-Blog neu #iderblog #tugraz

Unser IDeR-Blog-Projekt geht ja in die zweite Runde und wir freuen uns, dass wir es in den nächsten 2 Jahren weiterentwickeln können. Hier zu gibt es jetzt wieder Webinar-Termine für Interessierte:

Allgemeine Einführung in die Plattform:
08.01.19 19:00-20:30
11.02.19 19:00-20:30
20.03.19 19:00-20:30
Link zur Veranstaltung: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/iderblog/

Vorstellung der geplanten Erneuerungen in IDeRBlog ii:
28.11.18 19:00-20:00
15.01.19 19:00-20:00
Link zur Veranstaltung: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/iderblogiinews/

Wir freuen uns über zahlreiche Teilnahmen 🙂

[presentation] How Learning Analytics can Support Teaching and Learning #LearningAnalytics #iderblog #tugraz

Markus did a Keynote speech in Portoroz (Slovenia) about our experiences with Learning Analytics with a special focus to secondary and higher education. Find his slides right here:

[workhop, publication] Learning dashboard for supporting students: from first-year engineering to MOOC students #stela #learninganalytics

Our workshop at this year SEFI-conference in Copenhagen about „Learning dashboard for supporting students: from first-year engineering to MOOC students“ has been published in the conference proceeding.

By applying learning analytics on indicators that are predictive for a successful transition and online course completion, students can be provided with feedback on in order to improve their self-regulation, hereby providing support during the first-year and in online courses.

[Full conference proceeding]

[Workshop description @ ResearchGate]

Reference: De Laet, T., Broos, T., van Staalduinen, J.P, Ebner, M. (2018) Learning dashboard for supporting students: from first-year engineering to MOOC students. Proceeding of 46th SEFI Conference 17-21 September 2018. pp. 1454-1456. Copenhagen, Denmark

[publication] Individualisierung des Deutschunterrichts mit IDeRBlog #LearningAnalytics

Unser Artikel zu „Individualisierung des Deutschunterrichts mit IDeRBlog“ ist nun in der Ausgabe von Computer + Unterricht erschienen. Viel Spaß beim Lesen 🙂 .


Warum IDeRBlog Digitale Medien (Der Begriff „Digitale Medien“ umfasst in diesem Artikel die Nutzung von Computer/Laptop/Smartphone/Internet) und deren Nutzung nehmen einen immer größeren Stellenwert in der Gesellschaft ein. Die Tendenz der Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft wird allerdings noch nicht von allen Schulen beziehungsweise den unterrichtenden Lehrer/innen aufgegriffen. Die Gründe dafür sind vielfältig und sollen hier nicht weiter erörtert werden. Dabei gibt die Nutzung von digitalen Medien den Lehrer/innen große Möglichkeiten der Unterrichtsveränderung. Sie können mit digitalen Medien ihren Fachunterricht verändern, indem sie z. B. recherchieren lassen im Internet. Sie können Schüler/innen Texte zu Fachthemen produzieren lassen und diese digital innerhalb der Klassengemeinschaft tauschen. Dabei bleibt die Nutzung digitaler Medien immer an ein Fach gebunden, in dem die Schüler/innen für das Fach lernen. Gleichzeitig findet ein Lernen über sinnvolle Nutzung von Medien und über verantwortungsvollen Umgang mit digitalen Medien statt. Ein starker Nutzen von digitalen Medien für den Unterricht kann durch automatisierte Analyse von Eingaben der Schüler/innen erreicht werden. Schüler/innen erhalten direkt und unmittelbar Rückmeldung über die Qualität ihrer individuellen Eingaben. Dabei kann fachwissenschaftliches Wissen abgefragt werden, es kann aber auch die Rechtschreibung von eingegebenen Wörtern oder Texten überprüft werden. Diese automatisierte Kontrolle kann vom Computer viel schneller und direkter vorgenommen werden als dies Menschen können. Entscheidend neben der Kontrolle ist die Rückmeldung, die den Schüler/innen gegeben wird, um ihr individuelles Lernen zu verbessern und damit ihr Wissen zu vergrößern. Entscheidend hierbei ist die Möglichkeit, Übungen oder Lernszenarien zu den von den Schüler/innen getätigten Eingaben zur Verfügung zu stellen, die das Lernen der Schüler/innen in diesem Bereich fördert.

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Zitation: Gros, M., Steinhauer, N., Ebner, M.. (2018) Individualisierung des Deutschunterrichts mit IDeRBlog. Computer + Unterricht Nr. 110/2018, S. 13-15

[publication] German Language Training App for Primary School Children #LearningAnalytics #iderblog

At this year Ed-Media conference in Amsterdam we published our research work about „German Language Training App for Primary School Children“.


Mobile apps and the gaming industry experienced continuous growth and popularity over the last couple of years. While children have always played games for fun, researchers, recognized the promising possibilities behind games in the field of education. As nearly every child is in possession of a mobile device today, the sector of digital game-based learning is of special interest. Since primary school pupils often find it difficult to acquire good language skills, this research study deals with the creation of a prototype for tablets to support language training within primary schools. For the evaluation, a field test among children in Austria was conducted in order to see whether benefits could be observed. The extremely positive field test strengthened our approach and further motivated the participants to play the game even after the test was finished.

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Schwaiger, A., Ebner, M. & Ebner, M. (2018). German Language Training App for Primary School Children. In Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1202-1210). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

[publication] Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach #LearningAnalytics #iderblog

Our publication about „Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach“ has been published in the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning.


Due to the important role of orthography in society, the project called IDeRBlog presented in this paper created a web-based tool to motivate pupils to write text as well as to read and to comment on texts written by fellow students. In addition, IDeRBlog aims to improve student’s German orthography skills and supports teachers and parents with training materials for their students. The paper aims to discuss these issues.

With the aid of learning analytics, the submitted text is analyzed and special feedback is given to the students so that they can try to correct the misspelled words themselves. The teachers as well as the parents are benefiting from the analysis and exercises suggested by the system.

A recent study showed the efficiency of the system in form of an improvement of the students’ orthographic skills. Over a period of four months 70 percent of the students achieved a significant reduction of their spelling mistakes.

IDeRBlog is an innovative approach to improving orthography skills combining blogging and new media with writing and practice.

[Article @ Journal’s Website]

[Article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Nina Steinhauer, Michael Gros, Martin Ebner, Markus Ebner, Anneliese Huppertz, Mike Cormann, Susanne Biermeier, Lena Burk, Konstanze Edtstadler, Sonja Gabriel, Martina Wintschnig, Christian Aspalter, Susanne Martich, (2017) Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach, Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning, Vol. 10 Issue: 2, pp.143-159, https://doi.org/10.1108/JRIT-07-2017-0013

[publication] Lernen unter der Lupe – Wie „Learning Analytics“ individuelles Lernen unterstützt #LearningAnalytics

Im neuen Computer + Unterricht Heft wurden wir gebeten einen kurzen Beitrag zur unseren Learning-Analytics-Aktivitäten beizusteuern. Der Beitrag ist nun erschienen und berichtet kurz über die Möglichkeiten die wir in dieser Entwicklung sehen.


Learning Analytics ist die Möglichkeit aus gesammelten Daten durch entsprechende Analyseverfahren neue Erkenntnisse für die pädagogische Praxis zu erhalten. In diesem Beitrag soll eine kurze Einführung gegeben werden, sowie anhand von zwei konkreten Beispielen gezeigt werden wir man es für den Schulalltag nutzen kann.

[Vorabzug @ ResearchGate]

Referenz: Ebner, M. & Ebner, M. (2018) Lernen unter der Lupe – Wie „Learning Analytics“ individuelles Lernen unterstützt. Computer + Unterricht Nr. 110/2018, S. 11-12

[publication] Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies #LearningAnalytics #STELA

Our publication about „Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.


This papers focuses on the use of learning dashboards in higher education to foster self-regulated learning and open education. Students in higher education have to evolve to independent and lifelong learners. Actionable feedback during learning that evokes critical self-reflection, helps to set learning goals, and strengthens self-regulation will be supportive in the process. Therefore, this paper presents three case studies of learning analytics in higher education and the experiences in transferring them from one higher education institute than the other. The learning dashboard from the three case studies is based on two common underlying principles. First, they focus on the inherent scalability and transferability of the dashboard: both considering the underlying data and the technology involved. Second, the dashboard use as underlying theoretical principles Actionable Feedback and the Social Comparison Theory. The learning dashboards from the case studies are not considered as the contribution of this paper, as they have been presented elsewhere. This paper however describes the three learning dashboards using the general framework of Greller and Drachsler (2012) to enhance understanding and comparability. For each of the case study, the actual experiences of transferability obtained within a European collaboration project (STELA, 2017) are reported. This transferability and scalability is the first-step of creating truly effective Open Educational Resources from the Learning Analtyics Feedback dashboards. The paper discusses how this collaboration impacted and transformed the institutes involved and beyond. The use of open education technology versus proprietary solutions is described, discussed, and translated in recommendations. As such the research work provides insight on how learning analytics resources could be transformed into open educational resources, freely usable in other higher education institutes.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: De Laet, T., Broos, T., van Staalduinen, J.-P., Ebner, M., Leitner, P. (2018)Transferring learning dashboards to new contexts: experiences from three case studies. In: Conference Proceeding Open Educational Global Conference 2018. p. 14. Delft, Netherlands