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[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.

Abstract:

Purpose
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.

Design/methodology/approach
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.

Findings
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.

Originality/value
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] 1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition

Our publication about „1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition“ got published in the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM). We described our successful app, which has been firstly announced already here.

Abstract:

Nowadays, computers and mobile devices play a huge role in our daily routines; they are used at work, for private purposes and even at school. Moreover, they are used as support for different kinds of activities and task, like for example, learning applications. The interaction of these applications with a computer is based on predefined input methods, whereas a touchscreen facilitates direct input via handwriting by using a finger or a pen. This paper deals with the invention of a mobile learning application, which is supposed to facilitate children’s learning of simple multiplication. The aim of this paper is to collect the data of children’ experiences using interactive handwriting on mobile devices. In order to gain this data, a school class of the school “Graz-Hirten” was tested and afterwards for evaluational purposes interviewed. The results of these usability tests have shown that children perceived handwriting via finger on screen as quite positive.

[Full text @ ResearchGate]

[Full text @ iJIM]

Reference: Rabko, M., Ebner, M. (2018) 1×1 Trainer with Handwriting Recognition. International Journal of Mobile Technologies (iJIM). 12/2. pp. 69-79. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijim.v12i2.7714

[publication] Distance Learning and Assistance Using Smart Glasses #tugraz #smartglass #AugmentedReality

Our newest research on „Distance Learning and Assistance Using Smart Glasses“ got published within a special issue, called „Challenges and Future Trends of Distance Learning„.

Abstract:

With the everyday growth of technology, new possibilities arise to support activities of everyday life. In education and training, more and more digital learning materials are emerging, but there is still room for improvement. This research study describes the implementation of a smart glasses app and infrastructure to support distance learning with WebRTC. The instructor is connected to the learner by a video streaming session and gets the live video stream from the learner’s smart glasses from the learner’s point of view. Additionally, the instructor can draw on the video to add context-aware information. The drawings are immediately sent to the learner to support him to solve a task. The prototype has been qualitatively evaluated by a test user who performed a fine-motor-skills task and a maintenance task under assistance of the remote instructor.

[Full Article @ Education Science Journal]

[Full Article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Spitzer, M.; Nanic, I.; Ebner, M. Distance Learning and Assistance Using Smart Glasses. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 21.

[publication] 360 DEGREE VIDEOS WITHIN A CLIMBING MOOC #imoox #research

Our publication at this year CELDA 2017 conference titled „360 DEGREE VIDEOS WITHIN A CLIMBING MOOC“ is now online available.

Abstract:

In this research study a course, combining both computer-supported and face-to-face teaching using the concept of blended learning, has been designed. It is a beginners climbing course called „Klettern mit 360° Videos“ (climbing with 360° videos) and the online part has been implemented as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This research study presents the background of the course, the course concept, the course itself and the results of the evaluation. To measure the difference between the pure online participants and the blended learning participants the MOOC has been evaluated independently from the blended learning course. It should be mentioned that all participants (whether pure online or both) evaluated the course in a positive manner. The use of technology enhanced learning realized by the concept of blended learning proved to be a well-suited method for this course setting. Furthermore, many advantages of computer based learning, blended learning and 360°-videos have been reported by the participants.

[Full Paper @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Gänsluckner, M., Ebner, M., & Kamrat, I. (2017). 360 Degree Videos Within a Climbing MOOC. 14th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2017). D. G. Sampson, J. Spector, D. Ifenthaler, & P. Isaías (Eds.). IADIS Press. pp. 43-50. ISBN: 978-989-8533-68-5

[presentation] 360 Degree Videos Within a Climbing MOOC #imoox #research

Markus presented our research results titled „360 Degree Videos Within a Climbing MOOC“ at this year CELDA conference in Portugal. Here are his slides:

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 12 / No. 07 #ijet #research

Issue 12(07) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Multimedia Teaching Platform Design for Urban Planning Course Based on Information Entropy
  • Exploration of An Open Online Learning Platform Based on Google Cloud Computing
  • An Online Interaction Mode for International Trade Practice Course under Network Environment
  • Design and Analysis of Online Micro-course of Garden Architecture Design Based on CPC Model
  • Mobile Teaching of Digital Mapping Based on the WeChat Official Account Admin Platform
  • Construction of Multimedia Teaching Platform for Community Nursing Based on Teaching Resource Library Technology
  • Mobile Multimedia Classroom Construction for Rhythmic Gymnastics Based on APT Teaching Model
  • Design of 3D Animation Special Effects in Animation 3D Modeling Teaching Based on QFD Theory
  • Construction of xAPI-based Multimedia Interaction Technology in Architectural Design Teaching
  • Teaching Mode of Mechanical Design Course based on Simulation Analysis Technology
  • Application of Practical Curriculum for College Specialty of Economic Management under TPACK Framework – Taking “Enterprise Operation and Decision Simulation System” Curriculum as an Example
  • Research on Teaching Method of Mold Course Based on CAD/CAE/CAM Technology
  • Investigation and Analysis of College Students‘ Cognition in Science and Technology Competitions
  • Construction of Interactive Teaching System for Exercise Training Based on Education Video Resource Push Technology
  • Exploring the Convergence of the Mobile Learning Mode in Network Environment and the Traditional Classroom Teaching Mode

[Link to Issue 12/07]

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

[vocast] On Using Interactivity to Monitor the Attendance of Students at Learning-Videos #tugraz #research #edmedia

Because we are not able to attend the ED-Media conference 2017 in Washington this year, we are doing our presentations virtually. The last of four talks is about „On Using Interactivity to Monitor the Attendance of Students at Learning-Videos„:

[vodcast] From the Idea to a Finished LEGO® Technic Artifact, Assembled by Using Smart Glasses #tugraz #research #edmedia

Because we are not able to attend the ED-Media conference 2017 in Washington this year, we are doing our presentations virtually. The third of four talks is about „From the Idea to a Finished LEGO® Technic Artifact, Assembled by Using Smart Glasses„:

[vodcast] Mobile, Social, Smart and Media Driven – The Way Academic Net-Generation Has Changed Within Ten Years #research #tugraz

Because we are not able to attend the ED-Media conference 2017 in Washington this year, we are doing our presentations virtually. The first of four talks is about „Mobile, Social, Smart and Media Driven – The Way Academic Net-Generation Has Changed Within Ten Years„:

[publication] A case study on narrative structures in instructional MOOC designs #mooc #imoox

Our publication about „A case study on narrative structures in instructional MOOC designs“ has been published in the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning.

Abstract:

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to share the lessons learned in implementing specific design patterns within the “Dr Internet” massive open online course (MOOC).

Design/methodology/approach
MOOCs are boasting considerable participant numbers, but also suffer from declining participant activity and low completion rates. Learning analytics results from earlier xMOOCs indicate that this might be alleviated by certain instructional design patterns – critical aspects include shorter course duration, narrative structures with suspense peaks, and a course schedule that is diversified and stimulating. To evaluate their impact on retention, the authors have tried to implement these patterns in the design of the “Dr Internet” MOOC.

Findings
Statistical results from the first run of the case study MOOC do not indicate any strong influences of these design patterns on the retention rate.

Research limitations/implications
With inconclusive statistical results from this case study, more research with higher participant numbers is needed to gain insight on the effectiveness of these design patterns in MOOCs. When interpreting retention outcomes, other influencing factors (course content, pacing, timing, etc.) need to be taken into account.

Originality/value
This publication reports about a case study MOOC and gives practical hints for further research.

[Link to final publication @ Journal Homepage]

[Link to final publication @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Elke Höfler, Claudia Zimmermann, Martin Ebner, (2017) „A case study on narrative structures in instructional MOOC designs“, Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning, Vol. 10 Iss: 1, pp.48 – 62