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[publication] COVID-19 Epidemic as E-Learning Boost? Chronological Development and Effects at an Austrian University against the Background of the Concept of “E-Learning Readiness” #covid19 #tugraz

Our first research article concerning the situation of COVID-19 titled „COVID-19 Epidemic as E-Learning Boost? Chronological Development and Effects at an Austrian University against the Background of the Concept of “E-Learning Readiness” is published right now.

Abstract:
The COVID-19 crisis influenced universities worldwide in early 2020. In Austria, all universities were closed in March 2020 as a preventive measure, and meetings with over 100 people were banned and a curfew was imposed. This development also had a massive impact on teaching, which in Austria takes place largely face-to-face. In this paper we would like to describe the situation of an Austrian university regarding e-learning before and during the first three weeks of the changeover of the teaching system, using the example of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). The authors provide insights into the internal procedures, processes and decisions of their university and present figures on the changed usage behaviour of their students and teachers. As a theoretical reference, the article uses the e-learning readiness assessment according to Alshaher (2013), which provides a framework for describing the status of the situation regarding e-learning before the crisis. The paper concludes with a description of enablers, barriers and bottlenecks from the perspective of the members of the Educational Technology department.

Website Future Internet

[full article @ ResearchGate]
[full article @ journal’s homepage]

Reference: Ebner, M.; Schön, S.; Braun, C.; Ebner, M.; Grigoriadis, Y.; Haas, M.; Leitner, P.; Taraghi, B. COVID-19 Epidemic as E-Learning Boost? Chronological Development and Effects at an Austrian University against the Background of the Concept of “E-Learning Readiness”. Future Internet 2020, 12, 94.

[article] A Voice-Enabled Game Based Learning Application using Amazon’s Echo with Alexa Voice Service: A Game Regarding Geographic Facts About Austria and Europe #research #TEL #Alexa

Our first resarch using Amazon’s Alexa for Learning are now published, named „A Voice-Enabled Game Based Learning Application using Amazon’s Echo with Alexa Voice Service: A Game Regarding Geographic Facts About Austria and Europe“ in the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) .

Abstract:
An educational, interactive Amazon Alexa Skill called “Österreich und Europa Spiel / Austria and Europe Game” was developed at Graz University of Technology for a German as well as English speaking audience. This Skills intent is to assist learning geographic facts about Austria as well as Europe by interaction via voice controls with the device. The main research question was if an educational, interactive speech assistant application could be made in a way such that both under-age and full age subjects would be able to use it, enjoy the Game Based Learning experience overall and be assisted learning about the Geography of Austria and Europe. The Amazon Alexa Skill was tested for the first time in a class with 16 students at lower secondary school level. Two further tests were done with a total of five adult participants. After the tests the participants opinion was determined via a questionnaire. The evaluation of the tests suggests that the game indeed gives an additional motivational factor in learning Geography.

Journal’s Homepage

[Link to full article @ ResearchGate]
[Link to full article @ Journal’s Homepage]

Reference: Bilic, L., Ebner, Markus, Ebner, Martin (2020) A Voice-Enabled Game Based Learning Application using Amazon’s Echo with Alexa Voice Service: A Game Regarding Geographic Facts About Austria and Europe, International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), 14 (3), pp. 226 – 23

[publication] Was macht ein gutes Erklärvideo aus? #video #tel #research

Für das Buch „Lehren und Lernen mit Tutorials und Erklärvideos“ durften wir einen Kurzbeitrag zu „Was macht ein gutes Erklärvideo aus?“ schreiben.

Zusammenfassung:
Basierend auf der Analyse und der Gestaltungspraxis von Erklärvideos in der Hochschulbildung stellen Dr. Schön und Dr. Ebner die wichtigsten medialen und didaktischen Gestaltungskriterien für großartige Erklärvideos vor.Basierend auf der Analyse und der Gestaltungspraxis von Erklärvideos in der Hochschulbildung stellen Dr. Schön und Dr. Ebner die wichtigsten medialen und didaktischen Gestaltungskriterien für großartige Erklärvideos vor.

Teaser des Beitrags

[Entwurf bei ResearchGate]

Zitation: Schön, S. & Ebner, M. (2020) Was macht ein gutes Erklärvideo aus? In: Lehren und Lernen mit Tutorials und Erklärvideos. Dorgerloh, S. & Wolf, K. (Hrsg.). Beltz. ISBN 978-3-407-63126-8. S. 75-80

[publication] Digital gestütztes Lehren mittels innovativem MOOC-Konzept #mooc #imoox

Wir haben unsere Erfahrungen mit dem Inverse-Blended-Learning-Konzept im Rahmen der Lehrer/innenbildung festgehalten. Der MOOC „Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien“ dient dabei zur Steigerung der digitalen Kompetenzen für alle Lehramtsstudierenden. Der Beitrag ist nun erschienen im journal für lehrerinnenbildung.

Abstract:
Die Integration digitaler Medien in den Unterricht ist eine Herausforderung unserer Zeit. Daher scheint es naheliegend, dass Lehrpersonen entsprechende Bildungsmaßnahmen erfahren und insbesondere, dass dies auch in die Curricula für Lehramtsstudierende Einzug findet. Der Entwicklungsverbund Süd-Ost in Österreich hat sich dieser Herausforderung gestellt, ein Konzept zur Integration digitaler Medien entwickelt und mit Sommersemester 2019 erstmalig erfolgreich umgesetzt. Dabei wurde nach dem didaktischen Konzept Inverse-Blended-Learning ein Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Kombination mit Übungen an den beteiligten Standorten entwickelt. Die statistischen Eckdaten und das Feedback der Studierenden zeigen, dass das Konzept als sehr positiv und zeitgemäß wahrgenommen wird und es daher auch weiterverfolgt werden sollte.

Zusammenfassung

[full article @ journal’s homepage]
[full article @ researchgate]

Zitation: Ebner, M., Adams, S., Bollin, A., Kopp, M., Teufel, M. (2020) Digital gestütztes Lehren mittels innovativem MOOC-Konzept. journal für lehrerinnenbildung. 20(1). S. 68-77

[publication] Designing a Sandpit- and Co-Design-informed Innovation Process for Scaling TEL Research in Higher Education #TEL #research

We did a small contribuation titled „Designing a Sandpit- and Co-Design-informed Innovation Process for Scaling TEL Research in Higher Education“ for this year 15th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik.

Abstract:
Sustainably digitalizing higher education requires a human-centred approach. To address actual problems in teaching as well as learning and increase acceptance, the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) solution(s) must be co-designed with affected researchers, teachers, students and administrative staff. We present research-in-progress about a sandpit-informed innovation process with a f2f-marketplace of TEL research and problemmapping as well team formation alongside a competitive call phase, which is followed by a cooperative phase of funded interdisciplinary pilot teams codesigning and implementing TEL innovations. Pilot teams are supported by a University Innovation Canvas to document and reflect on their TEL innovation from multiple viewpoints.

Abstract of conference homepage

[Link to full paper @ ResearchGate]
[Link to full paper @ conference homepage]

Reference: Dennerlein, S., Pammer-Schindler, V., Ebner, Markus, Getzinger, G., Ebner, Martin (2020) Designing a Sandpit- and Co-Design-informed Innovation Process for Scaling TEL Research in Higher Education. In: Entwicklungen, Chancen und Herausforderungen der Digitalisierung – Band 2: Proceedings der Community Tracks zur WI 2020. 7. S.

[publication] Open Educational Resources in Austria

As part of the book Current State of Open Educational Resources in the “Belt and Road” Countries we did a chapter about the current state in Austria.

Abstract:
In Austria, located in the center of Europe, when compared earlier in relation to other German-speaking countries in Europe, individuals and groups started to develop and work on the idea of freely available and usable learning content on the Internet. A first Austrian milestone was the coordination of an international conference on open educational content in 2007 as the final activity of the first European project that was focused on OER (olcos.org). Within the contribution an overview of current state and developments of OER activities in Austria is given, also describing its infrastructure, policy, existing resources, curriculum and teaching methodologies, outcome, stakeholders and impact for education. The chapter gives a comprehensive overview of all OER activities in Austria and outlines the benefits for the educational system as well. It can be summarized that the Austrian way seems to be successful even though the steps forward are often small.

[Chapter @ Journal’s Homepage]
[Chapter @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Schön S., Ebner M. (2020) Open Educational Resources in Austria. In: Huang R., Liu D., Tlili A., Gao Y., Koper R. (eds) Current State of Open Educational Resources in the “Belt and Road” Countries. Lecture Notes in Educational Technology. pp 17-33. Springer, Singapore

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 15 / No. 7 #ijet #research

Issue 15(7) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Development of Projo Bale Model Based on Android Application in History and Local Wisdom Studies of Malang
  • An Evaluation Model of the Learning Effect of Physical Education Major Courses in Colleges
  • CLIL Audio Materials: A Speaking Model for Library Science Department Students
  • Integrating Islamic Knowledge into Multimedia-Based Supplementary Listening Materials
  • Blended Learning in Research Statistics Course at The English Education Department of Borneo Tarakan University
  • Increasing Geographic Literacy through the Development of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
  • Development of ‚Video Bank‘ Based on Prehistoric Community Life at The Sangiran Site as an Independent Learning Media
  • Promoting Effects of Computer Scoring on English Learning of College Students
  • The Development of ‚JEGER‘ Application Using Android Platform as History Learning Media and Model
  • Expanding Learning Environment through Mobile Learning
  • “Defense of the Ancients”, Gamification in Learning: Improvement of Student’s Social Skills
  • Teacher Optimization in Utilizing Media Literacy for Social Science Learning in Semarang
  • The Use of Duolingo Apps to Improve English Vocabulary Learning
  • TSocial Media and Digital Citizenship: The Urgency of Digital Literacy in The Middle of A Disrupted Society Era
  • Promoting Social Cohesion: The Development of E-Learning Management System Materials through Life Based Learning for Sociology of Religion Course
  • 3D Map of Dry Land Use Based Aerial Image as Learning Media in Era of Education 4.0
  • Using SPADA Brightspace to Enhance Pedagogical Skills in Teacher Professional Program
  • From Content to Context: Understanding Introduction to Sociology through MOOC

[Link to Issue 15/07]

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

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 15 / No. 6 #ijet #research

Issue 15(6) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Mind Mapping in Learning Models: A Tool to Improve Student Metacognitive Skills
  • A Data Mining Method for Students‘ Behavior Understanding
  • Web Application to Support the Learning of Programming Through the Graphic Visualization of Programs
  • Mobile Multimedia Education for Language Disorders
  • Integration of e-Learning for Mathematics on Resource- Based Learning: Increasing Mathematical Creative Thinking and Self-Confidence
  • Curriculum Data Association Organization and Knowledge Management Method for Unstructured Learning Resources
  • Artificial Intelligence in Autism Assessment
  • Transforming English Language Education in Saudi Arabia: Why Does Technology Matter?
  • Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge of ESP Teachers in Blended Learning Format
  • Application of Computer-Based Auto Accompaniment in Music Education
  • Five Stars Teaching Mode of Sports Training Based on APP Microcourse
  • Phet Simulation as Means to Trigger the Creative Thinking Skills of Physics Concepts
  • Special Education: Teaching Geometry with ICTs
  • The Effect of Problem-Based Learning with Character Emphasis toward Students’ Higher-Order Thinking Skills and Characters
  • Formation and Open Access of Institutional Electronic Research Corners for Promotion of Communication Facilities and Quality Research

[Link to Issue 15/06]

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

[publication] Mobile Learning Applications for Android und iOS for German Language Acquisition based on Learning Analytics Measurements #LearningAnlytics #IdERblog

We did a contribution to the International Journal of Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Education (iJAI) titled „Mobile Learning Applications for Android und iOS for German Language Acquisition based on Learning Analytics

Abstract:
The use of digital media is increasingly being promoted in school teaching. Since this aspect changes the interaction between teachers and pupils, this research is concerned with the development of a prototype of a mobile application for Android and iOS, in which different learning applications for language acquisition are offered on the basis of learning analytical measurements provided by experts in the field. By logging and collecting interactions of the user, it is possible to create a variety of statistical evaluations and thus respond to the needs and weaknesses of students. For the evaluation of the application, a user experience test was carried out, whereby the child-friendly operation of the application was tested. Due to the very positive feedback, the design was found to be good and can therefore be further developed.

Journal’s homepage

[Link to full article @ ResearchGate]
[Link to full article @ journal’s homepage]

Reference: Friedl, Markus, Ebner, Markus, Ebner, Martin (2020) Mobile Learning Applications for Android und iOS for German Language Acquisition based on Learning Analytics Measurements. International Journal of Learning Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Education (iJAI). 2(1). pp. 4-13

[publication] Potential of Bots for Encyclopedia #tugraz #research #bot

We are very pleased that our short chapter about „Potential of Bots for Encyclopedia“ for the special issue on Digital Heritage and Related Tools got pusblished.

Abstract:
The wide range of applications and the capability to process and understand natural languages made chatbots very popular. Besides that, many applications chatbots are also used as information retrieval tools. Chatbots are changing the way users search for information. This document focuses on a chatbot that is used as an information retrieval tool. The chatbot enables information search in natural language in a geography domain. In case of a large number of search results, the chatbot engages users with clarification questions. It also provides support to users when uploading multimedia content to the website.

[full article @ journal’s homepage]
[full article @ researchgate]

Reference: Saracevic, M., Ebner, M. & Ebner, M. (2020) Potential of Bots for Encyclopedia. In: Special issue – „Digital Heritage and Related Tools“, Maurer, H. (ed.). IPSI BgD Transactions. 16(1). pp. 54-60