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[publication] Web Analytics as Extension for a Learning Analytics Dashboard of a Massive Open Online Platform #imoox #learninganalytics #tugraz #reseach

Our research about „Web Analytics as Extension for a Learning Analytics Dashboard of a Massive Open Online Platform“ got published.

Abstract:
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) provide anyone with Internet access the chance to study at university level for free. In such learning environments and due to their ubiquitous nature, learners produce vast amounts of data representing their learning process. Learning Analytics (LA) can help identifying, quantifying, and understanding these data traces. Within the implemented web-based tool, called LA Cockpit, basic metrics to capture the learners’ activity for the Austrian MOOC platform iMooX were defined. Data is aggregated in an approach of behavioral and web analysis as well as paired with state-of-the-art visualization techniques to build a LA dashboard. It should act as suitable tool to bridge the distant nature of learning in MOOCs. Together with the extendible design of the LA Cockpit, it shall act as a future proof framework to be reused and improved over time. Aimed toward administrators and educators, the dashboard contains interactive widgets letting the user explore their datasets themselves rather than presenting categories. This supports the data literacy and improves the understanding of the underlying key figures, thereby helping them generate actionable insights from the data. The web analytical feature of the LA Cockpit captures mouse activity in individual course-wide heatmaps to identify regions of learner’s interest and help separating structure and content. Activity over time is aggregated in a calendar view, making timely reoccurring patterns otherwise not deductible, now visible. Through the additional feedback from the LA Cockpit on the learners’ behavior within the courses, it will become easier to improve the teaching and learning process by tailoring the provided content to the needs of the online learning community.

abstract of article

[article @ book’s homepage]
[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Leitner P., Maier K., Ebner M. (2020) Web Analytics as Extension for a Learning Analytics Dashboard of a Massive Open Online Platform. In: Ifenthaler D., Gibson D. (eds) Adoption of Data Analytics in Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Advances in Analytics for Learning and Teaching. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-47392-1_19

[publication] Property-Based Testing for Parameter Learning of Probabilistic Graphical Models #machinelearning #learninganalytics

Thanks to my colleagues – we did a publication for this year CDMAKE-conference about „Property-Based Testing for Parameter Learning of Probabilistic Graphical Models„.

Abstract:
Code quality is a requirement for successful and sustainable software development. The emergence of Artificial Intelligence and data driven Machine Learning in current applications makes customized solutions for both data as well as code quality a requirement. The diversity and the stochastic nature of Machine Learning algorithms require different test methods, each of which is suitable for a particular method. Conventional unit tests in test-automation environments provide the common, well-studied approach to tackle code quality issues, but Machine Learning applications pose new challenges and have different requirements, mostly as far the numerical computations are concerned. In this research work, a concrete use of property-based testing for quality assurance in the parameter learning algorithm of a probabilistic graphical model is described. The necessity and effectiveness of this method in comparison to unit tests is analyzed with concrete code examples for enhanced retraceability and interpretability, thus highly relevant for what is called explainable AI.

abstract of the article

[publication @ book homepage]
[draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Saranti A., Taraghi B., Ebner M., Holzinger A. (2020) Property-Based Testing for Parameter Learning of Probabilistic Graphical Models. In: Holzinger A., Kieseberg P., Tjoa A., Weippl E. (eds) Machine Learning and Knowledge Extraction. CD-MAKE 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12279. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57321-8_28

[publication] Learning Analytics and Spelling Acquisition in German – The Path to Individualization in Learning #hcii20 #iderblog

We did a contribution titled „Learning Analytics and Spelling Acquisition in German – The Path to Individualization in Learning“ for this year HCII conference.

Abstract:
This paper shows how Learning Analytic Methods are combined with German orthography in the IDeRBlog-project (www.iderblog.eu). After a short introduction to the core of the platform – the intelligent dictionary – we focus on the presentation and evaluation of a new training format. The aim of this format is, that pupils can train misspelled words individually in a motivating and didactic meaningful setting. As a usability test was run with twenty one third graders, we are able to present the results of this evaluation.

Abstract of the publication

[full article @ publisher’s webpage]
[draft @ researchgate]

Reference: Ebner M., Edtstadler K., Ebner M. (2020) Learning Analytics and Spelling Acquisition in German – The Path to Individualization in Learning. In: Zaphiris P., Ioannou A. (eds) Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing, Developing and Deploying Learning Experiences. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12205. Springer, Cham. pp. 317-325.

[publication] Der Ansatz der „Citizen Science“ bei der Erstellung von Lehrmaterialien in einem Hochschulprojekt #oer #gmw2020 #tugraz

OER-Projekte und Citizens Science mit Einbindung von Lehrer/innen für die Bildungsressourcen-Entwicklung klingt nach großen Überschneidungen, oder? Das dachte sich Gerald Geier auch, als er den Antrag für das Projekt „You can code – YC2“. In einem Beitrag für die GMW 2020 in Winterthur haben wir die Erfahrungen dokumentiert und zahlreiche offene Fragen formuliert, beispielsweise zur speziellen Methodik von Citizen Science.

Im vorliegenden Artikel wird aufgezeigt, wie der Ansatz von Citizen Science, also der Einbindung von nicht-wissenschaftlichen Personen bei der Entwicklung von Lehr- und Lernmaterialien, für den Einsatz des Lernroboters Ozobot realisiert wurde. Dazu werden im Beitrag Erfahrungen mit Citizen Science im bildungswissenschaftlichen Kontext skizziert sowie das Projekt und die Erfahrungen damit vorgestellt. Der Beitrag schließt mit Thesen zu Citizen Science in der Lehrmittelentwicklung und offenen Forschungsfragen.

  • Geier, Gerald; Schön, Sandra; Ebner, Martin & Braun, Clarissa (2020). Der Ansatz der „Citizen Science“ bei der Erstellung von Lehrmaterialien in einem Hochschulprojekt. In: In: Claude Müller Werder, Jennifer Erlemann (Hrsg.) Seamless Learning – lebenslanges, durchgängiges Lernen ermöglichen. GMW Proceedings 2020 (Tagungsort Winterthur), Münster: Waxmann, S. 91-99. URL: https://www.waxmann.com/index.php?eID=download&buchnr=4244;, ResearchGate: [Link]

[publication] Der Online-Kurs als Vorkurs einer Lehrveranstaltung: Umsetzung und Evaluation des Pre-MOOC-Konzepts in einem technischen Studiengang #gmw2020 #imoox #tugraz

Auf der GMW 2020 in Winterthur wird unser Paper über eine Pre-MOOC-Umsetzung im Rahmen einer Lehrveranstaltung an der TU Graz vorgestellt und ist im Tagungsband erschienen.

Zusammenfassung:

Ein MOOC wird in der Hochschullehre oft als isolierter Online-Kurs betrachtet und damit in seinen didaktischen Einsatzmöglichkeiten innerhalb traditioneller Lehr- und Lernumgebungen unterschätzt. In diesem Beitrag wird das „Pre-MOOC“-Design exemplarisch vorgestellt, bei dem die didaktische Einbettung eines Online-Kurses als erste Phase einer Lehrveranstaltung erfolgt, sprich der MOOC als Vorkurs genutzt wird. Nach einer Skizze des Forschungsstands, wird dazu im Beitrag die Konzeption mit Hilfe des Instructional-Design-Modells ADDIE und die Durchführung einer Lehrveranstaltung in einem technischen Studiengang beschrieben. Die Evaluationsergebnisse werden im Beitrag im Hinblick auf das Konzept des Pre-MOOCs ausgewertet, aus den Rückmeldungen der Studierenden und Lehrenden werden abschließend Empfehlungen für die Neukonzeption einer Lehrveranstaltung im Pre-MOOC-Design festgehalten.

[publication] Maker Education. Grundlagen der werkstattorientierten digitalen Bildung in der Schule und Entwicklungen zur Professionalisierung der Lehrkräfte. #makereducation #research

Mit Melanie Stilz und Sandra Schön durfte ich im neuen Buch von Martin Rothland & Simone Herrlinger einen Beitrag zur Maker Education und LehrerInnenbildung zusteuern.

Darum gehts:

Maker Education und damit verbundene methodische Ansätze wie Makeathons, Hackathons oder Design Thinking erfreuen sich wachsender Popularität im Bildungsbereich. Insbesondere mit Blick auf Zukunftsthemen wie Robotik, künstliche Intelligenz oder Nachhaltigkeit fällt zunehmend das Stichwort „Making“, wenn es um die Frage nach geeigneten Bildungskonzepten geht. Umso erstaunlicher scheint, dass dem wachsenden Angebot außerschulischer Maker Education, bisher nur vereinzelt Bemühungen folgen, diese auch in Lehrkräftebildung und Schulunterricht stärker zu verankern.

Der folgende Beitrag gibt einen Überblick über Bezüge, didaktische Prinzipien und Forschungsstand von Maker Education und zeigt anhand von Beispielen aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum Wege auf, wie Maker Education in der Lehrkräftebildung und im schulischen Umfeld gelingen kann. Exemplarisch werden dazu die Erfahrungen mit dem Berliner Zusatzkurs „Digitale Welten” beschrieben.

Schlüsselwörter: Maker Education, digitale Bildung, 21st Century Skills, Werkstatt

  • Stilz, Melanie; Ebner, Martin & Schön, Sandra (2020). Maker Education. Grundlagen der werkstattorientierten digitalen Bildung in der Schule und Entwicklungen zur Professionalisierung der Lehrkräfte. In: Martin Rothland & Simone Herrlinger (Hrsg.) Digital?! Perspektiven der Digitalisierung für den Lehrerberuf und die Lehrerbildung, Buchreihe Beiträge zur Lehrerbildung und Bildungsforschung. Münster: Waxmann, S. 143-159. Preprint bei ResearchGate: [draft @ researchgate]

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 15 / No. 16 #ijet #research

Issue 15(16) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Enhancing Learners’ Academic Performances Using Student Centered Approaches
  • The Development and Application of Interactive Multimedia in Project-Based Learning to Enhance Students‘ Achievement for 2D Animation Making
  • Factors Affecting Behavioral Intentions towards Cloud Computing in the Workplace: A Case Analysis for Jordanian Universities
  • Assessment of Financial Literacy Formation Methods in Mathematics Education: Financial Computation
  • The Use of Electronic Educational Resources and Innovative Educational Technologies in University Education
  • O2O Iterative Project-based Teaching Model for Literature Course
  • Development of E-learning Module for ICT Skills of Marginalized Women and Girls for ICT4D
  • Augmented Reality for Learning Mathematics: A Systematic Literature Review
  • Learning Algebra using Augmented Reality: A Preliminary Investigation on the Application of Photomath for Lower Secondary Education
  • Training Strategies for Practical Ability of College Students Majoring in Computer-Aided Design
  • Evaluation of Online Teaching Quality of Basic Education Based on Artificial Intelligence
  • Personality Classification Experiment by Applying k-Means Clustering
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence in College Dance Teaching and Its Performance Analysis
  • Internal and External QA in HE: LA Tools and Self-Evaluation Report Preparation
  • Smart Learning Companion (SLAC)
  • The Effectiveness of Inquiry Learning Models Intervened by Reflective Processes to Promote Critical Thinking Ability in Terms of Cognitive Style
  • Development of Motivation for Achieving Professional Success of Technical Specialties Students in Russia during Practical Training at Industrial Enterprises
  • Can Machine Translation Assist to Prepare for Simultaneous Interpretation?
  • The Use of Smartphones as an Educational Tool in the Classroom: Lecturers’ Perceptions

[Link to Issue 15/16]

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

[publication] Ziele von Makerspaces. Didaktische Perspektiven #makerspace #openaccess

Mit Sandra Schön habe ich mich an einem Sammelband (Viktoria Pepler / Tobias Seidl / Richard Stang) zu „Lernwelt Makerspace“ mit einem Beitrag zu den Zielen von Makerspaces aus didaktischer Perspektive beteiligen dürfen. Es geht dabei um didaktische Perspektiven für Kinder, aber auch für Erwachsene! DeGruyter stellt den Beitrag mit Open Access zur Verfügung, so dass der Beitrag für alle zugänglich ist – herzlichen Dank an Verlag und Herausgeber!

Zum Weiterlesen:

[Beitrag als preprint auf ResearchGate]

[publication] Individualized Differentiated Spelling with Blogs – Implementing and Individualizing (IDeRBlog ii) #iderblog #hcii2020 #tugraz

We did a contribution titled „Individualized Differentiated Spelling with Blogs – Implementing and Individualizing (IDeRBlog ii)“ for this year HCII conference.

Abstract:
The paper depicts the Erasmus+ project “Individual DifferEntiated correct writing with Blogs – Individualizing and Implementing (IDeRBlog ii)”. IDeRBlog ii is a follow-up project evolving the result of IDeRBlog, a blogging platform for pupils aged eight and above. The project is an international cooperation between 3 countries in Europe. This paper presents an overview of possibilities in context of individualization of the exercises. Further, it covers the benefits of using the platform, e.g. learning about media competences, how to communicate online and the possibility to get individualized exercises for supported during their writing process by the feedback of the intelligent dictionary.

Abstract of the publication

[full article @ publisher’s webpage]
[draft @ researchgate]

Reference: Leidinger N., Gros, M., Ebner, M., Ebner, M., Edtstadler, K. Herunter, E., Heide J., Pfeifer, S., Huppertz, A. & Kistemann V. (2020) Individualized Differentiated Spelling with Blogs – Implementing and Individualizing (IDeRBlog ii). In: Zaphiris P., Ioannou A. (eds) Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing, Developing and Deploying Learning Experiences. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12205. Springer, Cham. pp. 368-279

[publication] Practitioner Integration in Computational Thinking Education #edil20 #CT #tugraz

At this year EDMedia conference (online) we did a publication about „Practitioner Integration in Computational Thinking Education“.

Abstract:
This pilot study implemented an expert driven participatory workshop in a rural Austrian economic school. An action research approach was utilised to introduce the problem solving method named computational thinking (CT) to students aged 16 to 18 (K-12) in five after school workshop sessions. This research revealed the basic benefits of industry expert integration in a classroom setting with the aim to develop sustainable interdisciplinary interfaces that allow schools and individual teachers to independently showcase possible pathways. Drawbacks of the methods were identified, for example the high overhead efforts currently required without interfaces between practitioners and educators in place or the demanding time requirements. To create a strong, inclusive path to CT education for all young minds, these challenges need to be addressed and ultimately overcome with the support of all involved stakeholders.

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Pollak, M. & Ebner, M. (2020). Practitioner Integration in Computational Thinking Education. In Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 570-580). Online, The Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 14, 2020 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/217354/.