We present our research about “Examining the Digitization Level of First-Year Students at Graz University of Technology (Austria): Insights from a Digitization Index” at the EDMedia and Innovative Learning 2023 conference in Vienna. Here you can find the slides:
We are very proud that we can announce another research article about our successful Learning Analytics project titled “Students in Focus – Moving Towards Human-Centred Learning Analytics“. It got published with the book Practicable Learning Analytics.
Human-centred design is a well-established approach within research fields such as human-computer interaction, ergonomics, and human factors. Recently Learning Analytics (LA) researchers and practitioners have manifested great interest in exploring methods and techniques associated with this approach to manage the design process in ways that can enhance human interaction with LA technology. The project “Learning Analytics – Students in Focus” aims to use student-related data to support the learning and teaching process in a higher educational context. Our interdisciplinary team investigates LA tools that leverage students’ academic success by acquiring or developing self-regulated learning skills. We adopted a Human-Centred Learning Analytics (HCLA) approach involving students, teachers, and other educational stakeholders in the iterative design of our LA tools. This article contributes to the discussion on how to design LA tools using a human-centred approach. We describe the analysis, design, implementation, and evaluation process of three LA tools comprised in our students’ dashboard, i.e., the planner, the activity graph, and the learning diary. In addition, we present key results gained in several empirical studies which had an implication on the tools’ design. Finally, we provide insights about our experience with the HCLA approach, pointing out benefits and limitations in practice.
Reference: Barreiros, C., Leitner, P., Ebner, M., Veas, E., Lindstaedt, S. (2023). Students in Focus – Moving Towards Human-Centred Learning Analytics. In: Viberg, O., Grönlund, Å. (eds) Practicable Learning Analytics. Advances in Analytics for Learning and Teaching. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-27646-0_5
Another publication at this year ED-Media conference is about “Mobile, Social, Smart, and Media Driven The Way Academic Net-Generation Has Changed Within Ten Years“. The presentation has been recorded and can be find here.
Starting in 2007, Graz University of Technology has conducted an annual poll amongst its new students about their IT preferences and competences. After ten years of survey it is time to consider the overall results. Based on more than 7700 data records we can obviously state that freshmen have changed significantly according to their IT devices ownership, their communicational behavior using IT devices, as well as their usage of Web 2.0 tools. But there are some facts that have remained unchanged, such as the very low usage of Twitter or the usage of e-learning platforms at secondary school level, which is only slowly rising. Furthermore, the long-time survey tracks and reflects international trends, such as the outstanding hypes of Facebook and WhatsApp, replacing SMS over the last three years. We can conclude, that our students have become mobile, social, smart, and media driven.
Reference: Nagler, W., Ebner, M. & Schön, M. (2017). Mobile, Social, Smart, and Media Driven The Way Academic Net-Generation Has Changed Within Ten Years. In J. Johnston (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2017 (pp. 826-835). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
For the ninth time, the Graz University of Technology has carried out a survey amongst its freshmen in order to find out their preferences and habits according to the use of modern IT- and Web- technologies. Besides the remarkable long-term changes in regards to the ownership of technology, the results of this year ́s (2015) survey yielded a sensation. The instant messaging client for smartphones “WhatsApp” has superseded e-mailing from its leading position of being the preferred communication media. E-mailing was displaced on second place for the first time after nine years of survey. A clear trend can be stated in regards to communication media. The influence of WhatsApp on other communication behavior, notably e-mail and SMS, as well as the lasting rise of WhatsApp itself are special focuses of this paper.
Reference: Nagler, W., Ebner, M. & Schön, M. (2016). R.I.P E-Mail * 1965 – ✝ 2015. In Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2016 (pp. 464-473). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Our publication at this year ED-Media 2015 conference “Why Facebook Swallowed WhatsApp!” is now online available.
Since 2007 Graz University of Technology has undertaken questionnaires on its first- year students. The main goal of that annual survey basically concentrates on the IT- and Web- competences as long as they are related to e-learning. The long-term results display progresses and trends that need to be taken into account for a university’s e-learning strategy. The results of this year mainly state a tremendous triumph of the application WhatsApp. It ́s influence on the usage of other applications and it’s relation to Facebook is specially focused. There is no evidence that using WhatsApp has a negative effect on Facebook. Quite the contrary; WhatsApp is another big push on the steady growing usage of modern media for learning purposes.
Reference: Nagler, W., Ebner, M., Schön, M. (2015). Why Facebook Swallowed WhatsApp!. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2015. pp. 1383-1392 Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Our publication about “Is Your University Ready For the Ne(x)t-Generation? ” at this year ED-Media Conference is now online.
Abstract: At Graz University of Technology a survey about the hardware equipment and the Web2.0 skills among students of the first semester took place for the second time. This paper reflects the results of that two years evaluation. It answers the questions whether the net-generation already has arrived at universities or not and which consequences this fact has on the teaching and learning behaviors as well as infrastructural aspects of a university. Although young students are technologically increasingly well equipped they do not exhaust the potential of their devices or the potential of uncommon Web2.0 applications yet. Nevertheless the applications and communicational ways of a student’s average usage are signals not to be ignored by a university management. They not only indicate a dawning basic change of a typical student’s life but demand a rethinking of essential structural elements at universities right now.
Reference: Nagler, W., Ebner, M. (2009) Is Your University Ready For the Ne(x)t-Generation?, Proceedings of 21st ED-Media Conference (2009), S. 4344 – 4351; World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications
Here you will find the publication.
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Ich habe zusammen mit Mandy Schiefner einen Beitrag für e-teaching.org zum Themenspecial Medienkompetenz verfasst. Ziel ist die von uns erhobenen Daten von StudienanfängerInnen darzulegen und zu interpretieren, um zu sehen sich derzeit bereits eine Veränderung der Medienkompetenz in Hinblick auf Web 2.0 Nutzung zeigt:
In einem Langtext gehen Martin Ebner und Mandy Schiefner der Frage nach, inwieweit Studierende „Web 2.0 –Kompetenz“ mitbringen.
In einem ersten Schritt versuchen sie diese Frage anhand der Nutzung von Social Software-Applikationen zu beantworten. Gerade im Bereich Web 2.0 spielt vor allem die interaktive bzw. die partizipative Komponente eine große Rolle. Die Nutzung stellt dabei einen allerersten Zugang zur Beantwortung der Kompetenzfrage dar. Es werden dazu Umfragedaten von der TU Graz und der Universität Zürich vorgelegt und interpretiert.
Hier gibt es die Veröffentlichung.