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[publication] Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project? #OER #research

Our publication about „Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project?“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

Open Educational Resources (OER) projects often face the challenge of how to sustain and develop further the resources after the initial project funding comes to an end. OER are provided for free and open for anybody to re-use, modify and distribute. How than can the producers exploit the resources, are there any feasible business models, especially models which could remove or at least reduce dependence on limited and insecure funding? This article presents results of a survey of literature on OER business models and an overview of models identified in the literature. For projects which developed a learning program with OER the freemium model is being considered as a promising model.

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Geser, G., Schön, S. & Ebner, M. (2019). Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project?. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1519-1525). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

[publication] Making mit Kindern und Jugendlichen. Einführung und ausgewählte Perspektiven. #MakerEducation #research

Es freut uns sehr, dass unser Beitrag zu „Making mit Kindern und Jugendlichen. Einführung und ausgewählte Perspektiven“ im Buch zu „CHANCE MAKERSPACE – Making trifft auf Schule“ erschienen ist:

Das kreative digitale Gestalten mit Kindern sowie die Maker-Education sind im deutschsprachigen Europa angekommen. Inzwischen gibt es immer häufiger MakerSpaces, die auch Kinder sowie Lehrer*innen und außerschulische Pädagog*innen, die für und mit Kindern Making-Aktivitäten ausführen, zu ihrer Zielgruppe rechnen. In diesem Beitrag werden Kennzeichen und Prinzipien der Maker-Education aufgezeigt, und es wird dargelegt, wie Making-Aktivitäten aus unterschiedlichen ausgewählten Perspektiven Anklang finden. Abschließend wirft der Beitrag einen kurzen Blick auf aktuelle Entwicklungen.

[Beitrag @ ResearchGate]

Auch das gesamte Buch ist auf ResearchGate zugänglich: [Link zum Buch]

Zitation: Schön, S., Narr, K., Grandl, M., Ebner, M. (2019) Making mit Kindern und Jugendlichen. Einführung und ausgewählte Perspektiven. In: CHANCE MAKERSPACE Making trifft auf Schule. Ingold, S., Maurer, B., Trüby, D. (Hrsg). kopaed (muenchen). ISBN 978-3-86736-539-0. S. 45-58

[publication] How to Foster Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education #tel #tugraz #research

Our book chapter on „How to Foster Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education“ got published:

In this research work, we deal with the topic of the integration of Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education. Due to the worldwide debate on digitalization in all possible sectors, educational institutions are asking how they can deal with this change and how they can prepare for the future. At Graz University of Technology, a pre-project was started to define a policy, which should help to encourage the start of new projects with a special focus to education. A participatory approach was utilized with the idea that each university member (lecturers, researchers, administrators or students) could provide input. Different measurements across the fields of education, research, administration, and transformation were carried out, summarized and consolidated to provide a final policy. The outcome of this publication will focus on the description of the whole process as well as the summary of the most interesting aspects, which were used for the final policy. Furthermore, an outlook on how the digital policy will be implemented in the following years will be provided.

[Book chapter online]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Hell, T., & Ebner, M. (2019). How to Foster Technology-Enhanced Learning in Higher Education. In A. Elçi, L. Beith, & A. Elçi (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Faculty Development for Digital Teaching and Learning (pp. 402-416). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-8476-6.ch020

[publication] MAKER DAYS for Kids – ein temporärer Makerspace an der TU Graz #tugraz #MakerEducation #fnma

Das neue FNMA-Magazin hatte den Themenschwerpunkt „Lernräume und Makerspaces„. Hierzu haben wir die MakerDays der TU Graz beschrieben und laden auch gerne nochmals zum Fachtreffen am 7.8.2019 ein (Anmeldung kostenfrei).

Die MAKER DAYS for Kids verfolgen in erster Linie das Ziel, Kindern und Jugendlichen im Alter von 10 bis 14 Jahren einen Zugang zu einem (temporären) Makerspace zu ermöglichen, wo sie Anregungen und Unterstützung zum/beim (digitalen) Selbermachen von erwachsenen Tutoren und Gleichaltrigen, den sogenannten Peer Tutoren, erhalten. Die Aktivtäten im Makerspace sollen dabei neue Lernmöglichkeiten eröffnen, die nicht nur auf den Fachbereich der Informatik beschränkt sind.

[Beitrag @ ResearchGate]

Zitationsangabe: Grandl, M., Ebner, M., (2019) MAKER DAYS for Kids – ein temporärer Makerspace an der TU Graz. fnma-Magazin 02/2019. S. 15-18. ISSN: 2410-5244

[publication] Automatic Authentication of Students at an Interactive Learning-Video Platform #tugraz #edil19 #edmedia19 #research

Our publication about „Automatic Authentication of Students at an Interactive Learning-Video Platform“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

There are many reasons for the implementation of authentication on learning platforms. For instance, it is required for the teachers to identify individual students if the learning platform offers some kind of assessment. In addition, authentication is the base for a successful monitoring of the attendance of the students. Compulsory attendance is often applied because many positive effects have been reported by authors of several studies. To monitor the attendance at online videos interactive components can be applied. Another benefit of such interactive components is that they help retain the attention of the students. This study was carried out to examine how the students used a video learning platform which provides interactive components of the videos as part of a course offered at Graz University of Technology. Up until now, a major drawback of this platform has been that the students have been required to register manually on the platform. Now, students are able to use the platform without manual registration and authentication, because these steps happen automatically via the main learning platform that provides all of the course materials. Furthermore, the course design and the application of the interactive components, presenting multiple-choice questions, are evaluated. It is pointed out that the concept improves the performance of the students and equips the teacher with valuable feedback regarding the students‘ interests.

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Wachtler, J., Scherz, M. & Ebner, M. (2019). Automatic Authentication of Students at an Interactive Learning-Video Platform. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 569-582). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

[publication] Introducing Electrical Engineering to Children with an Open Workshop Station at a Maker Days for Kids Event #tugraz #research #makereducation

Our publication about „Introducing Electrical Engineering to Children with an Open Workshop Station at a Maker Days for Kids Event“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

The world is changing through the Digitalization trend such as Industry 4.0 where manufacturing transforms from quantity production to individual production. For enabling this transition, we need more skilled professionals in STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) related fields. For this reason, in the last years special STEAM projects have been introduced inside and outside the school environment to attract more children to these fields. One of them is the Maker-Days-for-Kids-concept where a temporary Maker Space is created based on open workshops. In this publication, we introduce a novel electrical engineering station concept for a temporary Maker Space for children. The station will contain basic and advanced workshops to introduce typical tools and methodologies of the electrical engineering domain. Furthermore, we also offer statistics about the station at the event, challenges the attendees had to struggle with as well as the lessons we learned during the event. The evaluation will be used to improve the current workshop concept for future events to increase the interests in electrical engineering.

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Strasser, A., Grandl, M. & Ebner, M. (2019). Introducing Electrical Engineering to Children with an Open Workshop Station at a Maker Days for Kids Event. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 790-799). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

[publication] Professor YouTube and Their Interactive Colleagues How Enhanced Videos and Online Courses Change the Way of Learning #youtube #tugraz #research #edil19 #digitalnatives

Our publication about „Professor YouTube and Their Interactive Colleagues How Enhanced Videos and Online Courses Change the Way of Learning“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:

Although, videos for teaching and learning have been established for many years, transferring of knowledge has changed tremendously within the past decade. Students increasingly consume learning content via videos. In this context, the triumph of YouTube in becoming a main source for learning is astonishing. In combination with an increasing use of online courses, videos however, also need to be focused from a didactical perspective. This fact is one out of a couple of interesting results from 2018’s survey amongst first-year students of Graz University of Technology. This survey focuses on the student’s IT preferences and competence; it has been executed annually since 2007. Based on more than 9500 datasets, this long-term survey records changes in ownership of students‘ IT equipment, IT driven communicative behavior, and use of apps as well as social media services over a period of twelve years. One further remarkable result is the very clear rejection of Facebook. Currently, even SMS is more frequently used than Facebook. Thus, it can be stated that Facebook is no longer a major platform for first-year students.

[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Nagler, W., Haas, M., Schön, M. & Ebner, M. (2019). Professor YouTube and Their Interactive Colleagues How Enhanced Videos and Online Courses Change the Way of Learning. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 641-650). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

[publication] Effects of a Mathematical Bridging Course #MOOC #imoox #MatheFit

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.

[Full article @ ResearchGate]

[Conference Proceeding eMOOCs 2019]

Reference: Reich, S., Ebner, M., Ebner, M. (2019) Effects of a Mathematical Bridging Course. Proceedings of EMOOCs conference, pp. 197-202, Naples (Italy)

[publication] Conception of a Conversational Interface to Provide a Guided Search of Study Related Data #chatbot

Our research about „Conception of a Conversational Interface to Provide a Guided Search of Study Related Data“ got published in the International Journal of Emerging Technologies.

Abstract:

Since the beginning of software development, solution approaches and technolo-gies have changed massively, including the requirements for a user interface. At the very beginning, it was the desktop application, with a classic Graphical User Interface (GUI), which fulfilled the needs of a user. Nowadays, many applica-tions moved to web respectively mobile and the user behavior changed. A very modern concept to handle the communication between a computer and a user is a chatbot. The range of functions of a chatbot can be very simple up to complex ar-tificial intelligence based solutions. This publication focuses on a chatbot solution for Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), which should support the student by finding study related information via a conversational interface.

[Full Article @ Journal’s Homepage]

[Full Article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Berger, R., Ebner, M. & Ebner, M. (2019) Conception of a Conversational Interface to Provide a Guided Search of Study Related Data. International Journal of Emerging Technologies (i-JET). 14(7). pp. 37-47

[publication] Experiences with a MOOC-platform — Who are our learners and what do they think about MOOCs? #research #MOOC #emoocs #imoox

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.

[Full article @ ResearchGate]

[Conference Proceeding eMOOCs 2019]

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