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[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

[CallForPapers] Learning Analytics in primary, secondary and higher education #CfP #LearningAnalytics

Together with my colleague I like to call for submissions on the topic „Learning Analytics„. The contributions will appear as Special Issue of the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning that is an open access journal published by Emerald Publishing Services.
Please consider to send us a scientific contribution on 28th April 2017 at latest, if the following sounds interesting and meet your research interests as well:

This special issue focuses on these research dimensions and aims to foster discussion on both individual impact of these dimensions and the interdependencies. Suggested topics will include, but are not limited to, the following concerning learning analytics in primary and secondary education (K-12):

  • Big data learning analytics
  • Learning process analytics
  • Learning analytics in institutional effectiveness
  • Semantic technologies in learning analytics
  • Learning analytics in mobile and/or ubiquitous learning
  • Learning analytics with the help of virtual reality/wearable technologies
  • Visualizations in learning analytics
  • Learning analytics in schools and beyond
  • Dashboards for self-regulated learning
  • Use of open badges for certification
  • Formative assessment
  • Educational data mining
  • Process mining

Here you will find the detailed Call for Paper (CfP).

Follow the project on ResearchGate!

[publication] ResXplorer: Revealing relations between resources for researchers in the Web of Data #science #tugraz

Our publication about „ResXplorer: Revealing relations between resources for researchers in the Web of Data“ is now online available – enjoy the results of a very increasing research field.

Abstract:

Recent developments on sharing research results and ideas on the Web, such as research collaboration platforms like Mendeley or ResearchGate, enable novel ways to explore research information. Current search interfaces in this field focus mostly on narrowing down the search scope through faceted search, keyword matching, or filtering. The interactive visual aspect and the focus on exploring relationships between items in the results has not sufficiently been addressed before. To facilitate this exploration, we developed ResXplorer, a search interface that interactively visualizes linked data of research-related sources. By visualizing resources such as conferences, publications and proceedings, we reveal relationships between researchers and those resources. We evaluate our search interface by measuring how it affects the search productivity of targeted lean users. Furthermore, expert users reviewed its information retrieval potential and compared it against both popular academic search engines and highly specialized academic search interfaces. The results indicate how well lean users perceive the system and expert users rate it for its main goal: revealing relationships between resources for researchers.

[Link to full arcticle @ Journal Homepage]

[Link to full article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: De Vocht, L., Softic, S., Verborgh, R., Mannens, E., Ebner, M. (2016) ResXplorer: Revealing relations between resources for researchers in the Web of Data. Computer Science and Information Systems. (doi:10.2298/CSIS151028031D)

[publication] Engaging Learning Analytics in MOOCS: the good, the bad, and the ugly #tugraz #mooc

Our publication about „Engaging Learning Analytics in MOOCS: the good, the bad, and the ugly“ at this year END Conference in Lubijana is now online available. The presentation slides have already been published here.

Abstract:

Learning Analytics is an emerging field in the vast areas of Educational Technology and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). It provides tools and techniques that offer researchers the ability to analyze, study, and benchmark institutions, learners and teachers as well as online learning environments such as MOOCs. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are considered to be a very active and an innovative form of bringing educational content to a broad community. Due to the reasons of being free and accessible to the public, MOOCs attracted a large number of heterogeneous learners who differ in education level, gender, and age. However, there are pressing demands to adjust the quality of the hosted courses, as well as controlling the high dropout ratio and the lack of interaction. With the help of Learning Analytics, it is possible to contain such issues. In this publication, we discuss the principles of engaging Learning Analytics in MOOCs learning environments and review its potential and capabilities (the good), constraints (the bad), and fallacy analytics (the ugly) based on our experience in last year’s.

[Full arcticle @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Khalil, M., Taraghi, B. & Ebner, M. (2016) Engaging Learning Analytics in MOOCS: the good, the bad, and the ugly. In:International Conference on Education and New Developments. Ljubljana, Slovenia, p. 3-7

[publication] What Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Stakeholders Can Learn from Learning Analytics? #tugraz

Our chapter about „What Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Stakeholders Can Learn from Learning Analytics?“ got published as part of the International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy of Learning, Design and Technology.
Abstract:

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are the road that led to a revolution and a new era of learning environments. Educational institutions have come under pressure to adopt new models that assure openness in their education distribution. Nonetheless, there is still altercation about the pedagogical approach and the absolute information delivery to the students. On the other side with the use of Learning Analytics, powerful tools become available which mainly aim to enhance learning and improve learners’ performance. In this chapter, the development phases of a Learning Analytics prototype and the experiment of integrating it into a MOOC platform, called iMooX will be presented. This chapter explores how MOOC stakeholders may benefit from Learning Analytics as well as it reports an exploratory analysis of some of the offered courses and demonstrates use cases as a typical evaluation of this prototype in order to discover hidden patterns, overture future proper decisions, and to optimize learning with applicable and convenient interventions.

[Full Chapter @ Springer]

[Draft Version @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Khalil, M., Ebner, M. (2016) What Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Stakeholders Can Learn from Learning Analytics? In: Spector, M., Lockee, B., Childress, M. (Ed.), Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-30

[publication] De-Identification in Learning Analytics #LA #research

Our publication about „De-Identification in Learning Analytics“ got published in the Journal of Learning Analytics.
Abstract:

Learning Analytics has reserved its position as an important field in the educational sector. However, the large-scale collection, processing and analyzing of data have steered the wheel beyond the border lines and faced an abundance of ethical breaches and constraints. Revealing learners’ personal information and attitudes, as well as their activities, are major aspects that lead to personally identify individuals. Yet, de-identification can keep the process of Learning Analytics in progress while reducing the risk of inadvertent disclosure of learners’ identities. In this paper, the authors talk about de-identification methods in the context of learning environment and propose a first prototype conceptual approach that describes the combination of anonymization strategies and Learning Analytics techniques.

[Full Paper @ ResearchGate]

[Full Paper @ Journal’s Homepage]

Reference: Khalil, M. & Ebner, M. (2016) De-Identification in Learning Analytics. Journal of Learning Analytics. 3(1). pp. 129 – 138

[publication] What is Learning Analytics about? A Survey of Different Methods Used in 2013-2015 #LearningAnalytics #tugraz

Our publication about „What is Learning Analytics about? A Survey of Different Methods Used in 2013-2015“ for this year Smart Learning Excellence Conference in Dubai is now online available. The slides have been already published here.
Abstract:

The area of Learning Analytics has developed enormously since the first International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) in 2011. It is a field that combines different disciplines such as computer science, statistics, psychology and pedagogy to achieve its intended objectives. The main goals illustrate in creating convenient interventions on learning as well as its environment and the final optimization about learning domain’s stakeholders (Khalil & Ebner, 2015b). Because the field matures and is now adapted in diverse educational settings, we believe there is a pressing need to list its own research methods and specify its objectives and dilemmas. This paper surveys publications from Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference from 2013 to 2015 and lists the significant research areas in this sphere. We consider the method profile and classify them into seven different categories with a brief description on each. Furthermore, we show the most cited method categories using Google scholar. Finally, the authors raise the challenges and constraints that affect its ethical approach through the meta-analysis study. It is believed that this paper will help researchers to identify the common methods used in Learning Analytics, and it will assist by establishing a future forecast towards new research work taking into account the privacy and ethical issues of this strongly emerged field.

[Full text @ ResearchGate]

Reference:
Khalil, M., Ebner, M. (2016). What is Learning Analytics about? A Survey of Different Methods Used in 2013-2015. Conference proceeding of the 8th e-Learning Excellence Conference, 2016. Dubai, UAE. pp. 1-12

[presentation] Potential of EPUB3 for Digital Textbooks in Higher Education #ebook #tugraz

Mohammad Khalil also presented our publication about „Potential of EPUB3 for Digital Textbooks in Higher Education “ at Smart Learning Excellence Conference in Dubai. Here are his presentation slides:

[seminar] Qualitätssicherung und PR #tugraz #research

Im Rahmen eines Seminars für den „Lehrgang Hochschuldidaktik“ habe ich auch das Modul „Qualitätssicherung und PR“ über gehabt.
Hier gibt es meinen Foliensatz hierzu:

[presentation] What is Learning Analytics about? #LearningAnalytics #IA9 #research

Today, Mohammad Khalil is presenting our publication about „What is Learning Analytics about?“ at Smart Learning Excellence Conference in Dubai. Here are his presentation slides: