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[publication] Trends and Opportunities in Online Learning, MOOCs, and Cloud-Based Tools #research

Our article about „Trends and Opportunities in Online Learning, MOOCs, and Cloud-Based Tools“ within the Second Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education got published.

Abstract:

Online learning, in particular massive open online courses (MOOCs) and cloud-based tools, is on the move. This chapter takes a deeper look at opportunities and possibilities that might be provided to K-12 education through these emerging tools. The chapter summarizes experiences, case studies, and examples that illustrate where technology-enhanced learning is heading.

[Full article @ Springer]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Chang V., Gütl C., Ebner M. (2018) Trends and Opportunities in Online Learning, MOOCs, and Cloud-Based Tools. In: Voogt J., Knezek G., Christensen R., Lai KW. (eds) Second Handbook of Information Technology in Primary and Secondary Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham

[publication] Can Learning Analytics Find Success in Didactical Measurements? Results from a MOOC Case Study #tugraz #research

We are very proud to be part of the book „Digital Workplace Learning“ with a contribution about our MOOC research. This time we take a look to a particular MOOC and reported about the case study. Our chapter „Can Learning Analytics Find Success in Didactical Measurements? Results from a MOOC Case Study“ is now published.

Abstract:

In recent years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) led the road into a new era of learning environment systems. Since 2008, e-Learning witnessed a new type of course which is massive in student numbers, open for anyone, and available for all without limitations. MOOCs integrate social networking, accessible online resources, and open-ended outcomes and are publicly shared. In addition, MOOCs offer several online variables that allow researchers from analytical disciplines (learning analytics) to translate these variable data values into research actions and interpret patterns. In this chapter, we present a detailed analysis of a MOOC case study offered in the previous 2 years, 2015 and 2016. The Graz University of Technology, the University of Graz, and partners from the Medical University of Graz collaborated on a project producing a MOOC called “Dr. Internet.” This MOOC aims to investigate whether the Internet helps or hurts in the endeavor to increase health literacy of the public and how it affects the practitioner-patient relationship. Nevertheless, the research study in this chapter is looking onto a different point of view. We will follow a quantitative investigation and apply learning analytics techniques on learners’ behavior as well as scrutinize traces they left behind in videos, discussion forums, and quizzes. In addition, we try to further inspect the dropout rate and level of engagement. It can be outlined that the early analysis results show that those MOOCs behaved similar to other studies but they differ in the higher number of reads in the discussion forum. Reasonable didactical interventions assisted to change learners’ attitudes toward online learning. This chapter will also describe the didactical approach of the Dr. Internet MOOCs.

[Full Paper @ Springer]

[Draft version @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Khalil M., Ebner M. (2018) Can Learning Analytics Find Success in Didactical Measurements? Results from a MOOC Case Study. In: Ifenthaler D. (eds) Digital Workplace Learning. Springer, Cham. pp. 211-225

[publication] Tutoring writing spelling skills within a web-based platform for children #iderblog #LearningAnalytics

Our publication about „Tutoring writing spelling skills within a web-based platform for children“ got published. We are describing our research project IDERblog and the results using learning analytics.

Abstract:

According to the NMC Horizon Report (Johnson et al. in Horizon Report Europe: 2014 Schools Edition, Publications Office of the European Union, The New Media Consortium, Luxembourg, Austin, 2014 [1]), data-driven learning in combination with emerging academic areas such as learning analytics has the potential to tailor students’ education to their needs (Johnson et al. 2014 [1]). Focusing on this aim, this article presents a web-based (training) platform for German-speaking users aged 8–12.Our objective is to support primary-school pupils—especially those who struggle with the acquisition of the German orthography—with an innovative tool to improve their writing and spelling competencies. On this platform, which is free of charge, they can write and publish texts supported by a special feature, called the intelligent dictionary. It gives automatic feedback for correcting mistakes that occurred in the course of fulfilling a meaningful writing task. Consequently, pupils can focus on writing texts and are able to correct texts on their own before publishing them. Additionally, they gain deeper insights in German orthography. Exercises will be recommended for further training based on the spelling mistakes that occurred. This article covers the background to German orthography and its teaching and learning as well as details concerning the requirements for the platform and the user interface design. Further, combined with learning analytics we expect to gain deeper insight into the process of spelling acquisition which will support optimizing our exercises and providing better materials in the long run.

[Full Publication @ Springer Nature (Open Access)]

[Publication @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Edtstadler, K., Ebner, M. (2017) Tutoring writing spelling skills within a web-based platform for children. Universal Access in the Information Society (2017). doi:10.1007/s10209-017-0564-6

[publication] When Learning Analytics Meets MOOCs – a Review on iMooX Case Studies #imoox #LearningAnalytics #MOOC

Our chapter on „When Learning Analytics Meets MOOCs – a Review on iMooX Case Studies“ got published within the book series Communications in Computer and Information Science.

Abstract:

The field of Learning Analytics has proven to provide various solu- tions to online educational environments. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are considered as one of the most emerging online environments. Its substantial growth attracts researchers from the analytics field to examine the rich repositories of data they provide. The present paper contributes with a brief literature review in both prominent fields. Further, the authors overview their developed Learning Analytics application and show the potential of Learning Analytics in tracking students of MOOCs using empirical data from iMooX.

[Article @ Springer]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Khalil, M. and M. Ebner (2016). When Learning Analytics Meets MOOCs – a Review on iMooX Case Studies. Innovations for Community Services: 16th International Conference, I4CS 2016, Vienna, Austria, June 27-29, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. G. Fahrnberger, G. Eichler and C. Erfurth. Cham, Springer International Publishing: 3-19

[publication] Clustering patterns of engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): the use of learning analytics to reveal student categories #mooc #tugraz

Our research about a case study of using Learning Analytics for MOOCs got published with the title „Clustering patterns of engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): the use of learning analytics to reveal student categories„.

Abstract:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are remote courses that excel in their students’ heterogeneity and quantity. Due to the peculiarity of being massiveness, the large datasets generated by MOOC platforms require advanced tools and techniques to reveal hidden patterns for purposes of enhancing learning and educational behaviors. This publication offers a research study on using clustering as one of these techniques to portray learners’ engagement in MOOCs. It utilizes Learning Analytics techniques to investigate an offered MOOC by Graz University of Technology held for undergraduates. The authors mainly seek to classify students into appropriate categories based on their level of engagement. Clusters afterward are compared with another classical scheme (Cryer’s scheme of Elton) for further examination and comparison. The final results of this study show that extrinsic factors are not enough to make students highly committed to the MOOC, yet, adding intrinsic factors are recommended to improve future MOOCs.

[Full article @ Springer]

[Draft @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Khalil, M., Ebner, M. (2016) Clustering patterns of engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): the use of learning analytics to reveal student categories. Journal of Computing in Higher Education. pp. 1-19. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12528-016-9126-9

[publication] An analysis of the use and effect of questions in interactive learning-videos

Our publication about „An analysis of the use and effect of questions in interactive learning-videos“ got published in the Open Journal Smart Learning Environments.

Abstract:

This study focuses on the positioning of interactive questions within learning videos. It is attempted to show that the position of a question’s occurrence has an impact on the correctness rate of its answer and the learning success. As part of the study, the interactive learning videos in which the questions are placed are used as teaching materials with a class. The pupils have been working with the videos for around one month and some interesting results could be obtained. It is shown that questions which are asked too early in the videos are answered incorrectly more often than other questions. This manuscript also recommends an adequate positioning of the first question in learning videos. The new hypothesis that the length of intervals between popping up questions plays a minor role at rather short learning videos is constructed in this publication. Moreover, the positive impact on the long-term learning success of the participants of learning videos is determined.

[Full Article @ ResearchGate]

[Full Article @ Springer]

Reference: Wachtler, J., Hubmann, M., Zöhrer, H., & Ebner, M. (2016). An analysis of the use and effect of questions in interactive learning-videos. Smart Learning Environments, 13(3). 10.1186/s40561-016-0033-3

[publication] Rolle und Herausforderungen von Online-Kursen (MOOCs) für die Hochschullehre #research #mooc

Unser Beitrag „Rolle und Herausforderungen von Online-Kursen (MOOCs) für die Hochschullehre“ wurde nun als Teil des Buches „Qualität in Studium und Lehre – Kompetenz- und Wissensmanagement im steirischen Hochschulraum“ veröffentlicht.

Zusammenfassung:

Über den Einsatz von Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in der Hochschullehre wird mittlerweile ein breiter wissenschaftlicher Diskurs geführt, der jedoch zumeist allgemeine Rahmenbedingungen sowie geografische und gesellschaftliche Unterschiede weitgehend außer Acht lässt. Der vorliegende Beitrag beschäftigt sich daher mit den allgemeinen Herausforderungen bei der Integration von Online-Kursen in die Hochschullehre, wobei der deutschsprachige Raum (und besonders Österreich) im Mittelpunkt steht. Auf der Basis von Experteninterviews und den bisherigen Erfahrungen mit der ersten österreichischen MOOC-Plattform www.imoox.at werden notwendige Voraussetzungen und Erfolgsfaktoren für die Produktion und die Verwendung von MOOCs an (österreichischen) Universitäten dargestellt. Dabei wird explizit auf die spezifischen Rollen der AkteurInnen als Lehrende und Studierende sowie auf die Verantwortlichkeiten der Hochschulen und der politischen EntscheidungsträgerInnen eingegangen.

[Link zum Artikel bei Springer]

[Vorabversion @ ResearchGate]

Zitation: Ebner, M., Kopp, M., Dorfer-Novak, A. (2016) Rolle und Herausforderungen von Online-Kursen (MOOCs) für die Hochschullehre. In: Qualität in Studium und Lehre – Kompetenz- und Wissensmanagement im steirischen Hochschulraum. Springer. S. 323-334. ISBN 978-3-658-13737-3

[book] Immersive Education

Immersive EducationOur book of extended publications about „Immersive Education“ got published. Enjoy 11 interesting research publications in this research field.
Abstract:

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th European Immersive Education Summit, EiED 2014, held in Vienna, Austria, in November 2014.
The 11 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 30 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on innovation and technological advancements in e-learning; immersive and emerging technologies for cultural and digital heritage.

[Table of Content]
[Link to the Springer book]

Reference:
Ebner, M., Erenli, K., Malaka, R., Pirker, J., Walsh, A. (2015) Immersive Education. Springer. Series: Communications in Computer and Information Science 486

[publication] The Future of PLEs: How Can Higher Education Be Passed?

I was invited to make some comments to a specific chapter of the book as well as bringing in my expertise on Personal Learning Environments. Now the whole book „Responsive Open Learning Environments“ is published as Open Access.
My short comment is titled „The Future of PLEs: How Can Higher Education Be Passed?“:

Reference: Ebner, M. (2015) The Future of PLEs: How Can Higher Education Be Passed?. In: Responsive Open Learning Environments. Kroop, S.; Mikroyannidis, A.; Wolpers, M. (Ed.). Springer, Heidelberg. pp. 228-23

[publication] Das O in MOOCs – über die Bedeutung freier Bildungsressourcen in frei zugänglichen Online-Kursen

Zusammen mit meinen drei KollegInnen habe ich an einem Beitrag mitgewirkt, der noch letztes Jahr veröffentlicht wurde. Der Artikel mit dem Titel „Das O in MOOCs – über die Bedeutung freier Bildungsressourcen in frei zugänglichen Online-Kursen“ ist hier bei Springer zugänglich (Wer diesen möchte und keinen Zugang hat, möge mich auf researchgate kontaktieren).
Zusammenfassung:

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) und Open Educational Resources (OER) sind Schlagworte der heutigen Bildungswelt. In diesem Beitrag führen wir in beide ein und erklären ihre Abhängigkeit und ihren Zusammenhang. Anhand zweier Beispiele – „oncampus an der Fachhochschule Lübeck sowie „iMooX“ von zwei Grazer Universitäten“ – werden erste Erfahrungen mit MOOCs und OER aufgezeigt. In der abschließenden Diskussion sind sowohl die Herausforderungen als auch die bereits ersichtlichen Vorteile Teil der Betrachtung. Der Beitrag schließt mit der Erkenntnis, dass OER ein wichtiger Bestandteil des Bildungssystems von morgen sind.

Zitation: Martin Ebner, Michael Kopp, Andreas Wittke und Sandra Schön (2014). Das O in MOOCs – über die Bedeutung freier Bildungsressourcen in frei zugänglichen Online-Kursen. In: HMD Praxis der Wirtschaftsinformatik, 1-13, Springer, Dezember 2014 [Link]