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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.

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„.

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.

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.

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 15 / No. 18 #ijet #research

Issue 15(18) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • Develop Academic Question Recommender Based on Bayesian Network for Personalizing Student’s Practice
  • A study of Grammar Analysis in English Teaching With Deep Learning Algorithm
  • Real Classes Vs Online Classes: A Comparative Study on the Chosen Course of HRM Students of Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Printed Textbooks Versus Electronic Textbooks: A Study on the Preference of Students of Gulf University in Kingdom of Bahrain
  • The Benefits of Implementation of an Instructional Strategy Model Based on the Brain’s Natural Learning Systems in Inclusive Classrooms in Higher Education
  • IT Governance Impact on Academic Performance Development
  • Postsecondary Instructors’ Perspectives on Teaching English as a Foreign Language by Means of a Multimodal Digital Literacy Approach
  • CDIO Approach in Developing Teacher Training Program to Meet Requirement of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 in Vietnam
  • Evaluation Model and Enhancement Strategies for Teaching Reform Capacity of Art Courses in Higher Vocational Colleges
  • Features and Inspirations of Performance Framework for Regional Universities in Australia
  • A Talent Cultivation Model for Improving the Innovation Ability of College Students in Scientific Research
  • Factors Influencing Students‘ Intention to Use E-learning System: A Case Study Conducted in Vietnam
  • Teamwork Distribution: Local vs. Global Software Engineering Project Development Teamwork
  • Assessing Argumentative Writing Skills in Online Environments among Arabic Language Teachers of Grades 5 to 7 in UAE Schools
  • School + Family Community Learning Model of PE Course under COVID-19 Epidemic Situation
  • Does a Distributed Practice Strategy for Multiple Choice Questions Help Novices Learn Programming?
  • Online Learning as a Panacea? An Empirical Study to Discuss Problem-Based Cooperative Learning in Taiwan
  • Effects of a Blood Transfusion Course Using a Blended Learning Approach on the Acquisition of Clinical Reasoning Skills among Nursing Students in Morocco
  • The Use of Educational Software in Teaching Physics in the Moroccan Context

[Link to Issue 15/18]

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

[mooc] Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien II #imoox #mooc #TEL

Es freut mich, dass der MOOC zu Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien II wieder startet. Dieser „zweite“ ist der Aufbaukurs auf den I-Kurs. Wir vertiefen hier die wesentlichen Themen weiter bzw. sprechen noch neue wichtige an.

Dieser MOOC beschäftigt mit dem Einsatz von digitalen Medien sowohl beim Lehren als auch beim Lernen und ist als Vertiefung des Themas gedacht. Es geht dabei vorrangig darum, dass die im Kurs „Lehren und Lernen mit digitalen Medien I“ erlernten Inhalte weiterführend behandelt und damit entsprechende Medienkompetenzen für den eigenen Unterricht erworben werden.

Neben Definitionen und Erklärungen werden auch Praxisbeispiele gezeigt sowie Tipps und Tricks für den Unterrichtsalltag gegeben, sodass Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer digitale Medien sinnvoll in ihren Unterrichts- und Lehralltag integrieren können

Die Inhalte richten sich speziell an Studierende des Lehramts aller Unterrichtsfächer, aber natürlich auch an im Beruf stehende Lehrerinnen und Lehrer sowie alle interessierten Personen, die mehr über die Einsatzmöglichkeiten digitaler Medien für den Unterricht erfahren wollen.

Primär sind Lehramtsstudierende die Zielgruppe, aber natürlich darf jeder mitmachen der daran Interesse hat. Wir freuen uns, wenn möglichst viele von dem Angebot profitieren und mit uns gemeinsam die nächsten Wochen diskutieren. Die Anmeldung ist komplett kostenfrei, wie man es von iMooX.at gewohnt ist 🙂

[Link zur kostenlosen Anmeldeseite]

[presentation] Entwicklung und Implementierung eines Plug-Ins und von APIs für offene Bildungsressourcen (OER) #oer #moodle #oeaa #plugin

Im Rahmen des Projektes Open Education Austria haben wir ein Plugin entwickelt welches erlaubt OER-gekennzeichnete Lehrmaterialien aus dem Learningmanagementsytem Moodle automatisch in ein Repository zu spielen. Dies wurde auf der heurigen 50. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Informatik vorgestellt.

[Foliensatz auf ResearchGate]

COVID-19 Videobotschaft für Studierende #tugraz #covid19

Der Vizerektor Lehre der TU Graz zusammen mit der HTU haben eine Videobotschaft zum Start des Semesters erstellt. In etwa 5 Minuten wird dabei die gesamte Komplexität und die Herausfoderungen des Wintersemesters beschrieben. Ich hoffe, dass wir es gut über die Zeit bringen und vor allem viel Gesundheit allen Studierenden und Lernenden in einer sehr herausfordernden Zeit.

International Welcome Days @ TU Graz #tugraz

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, the International Welcome Days will take place online this year in the form of information videos. The videos provide international degree seeking students of all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD) with an English speaking introduction into everyday life as a TU Graz student.


Find here the website of Graz University of Technology as well as the video series of all relevant videos.

Welcome Days an der TU Graz #welcome #tugraz


Ich darf heute – wie schon all die letzten Jahre – unsere neuen Studierenden an der TU Graz bei den Welcome Days wiederum begrüßen. Das mach ich gerne, insbesondere zu einem Semester, welches ein besonderes werden wird.

Welcome Days 2020 für Studienanfängerinnen und -anfänger: Zwei Tage – Alles für den erfolgreichen Start ins Studium. Unter diesem Motto veranstaltet die TU Graz in Zusammenarbeit mit alumniTUGraz 1887 auch 2020 wieder die Welcome Days. Bei den Welcome Days (Einführungstagen) erhalten Studienanfängerinnen und -anfänger innerhalb der ersten Studientage die wichtigsten Informationen für einen erfolgreichen Studienbeginn an der TU Graz und gleichzeitig einen ersten Einblick in die Arbeitswelten der Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieure. 

Website https://welcome.tugraz.at

Aufgrund der COVID19-Situation werden wir auch nicht wie üblich die Veranstaltung in den beiden größten Hörsälen durchführen, sondern es gibt einen Live-Stream aus unserem Studio.

[Link zum Livestream]

Das ganze Programm findet man auf der Webseite bzw. im Folder. Auf alle Fälle darf ich aber alle Erstsemestrigen einen guten Start in das Studium wünschen und alles Gute 🙂

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 15 / No. 17 #ijet #research

Issue 15(17) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • SPOC-based Flipped Learning Model Applied in Interpreting Teaching
  • Enhancing Classification Skills Using i-Bird Apps in Zoology Vertebrata Course
  • Big Data Application and its Impact on Education
  • Trends in MOOCs Research: Analysis of Educational Technology Journals
  • Gamification in Corporate Training to Enhance Engagement: An Approach
  • The Effect of English Vocabulary Learning with Digital Games and its Influencing Factors based on the Meta- Analysis of 2,160 Test Samples
  • Key Success Factors of e-Learning Implementation in Higher Education
  • Data Visualisation Literacy in Higher Education: An Exploratory Study of Understanding of a Learning Dashboard Tool
  • The Impact of Flipped Project-Based Learning on Self-Regulation in Higher Education
  • The Formation of Intercultural Communicative Competence of Future Teachers in a Trilingual Educational Environment
  • Assessing the Intensity of the Usability of the Course Content within the Virtual Learning Environment
  • An Evaluation Model for the Cultivation and Improvement of the Innovation Ability of College Students
  • A Practical Teaching Mode for Colleges Supported by Artificial Intelligence
  • Analysis on Management of Job Burnout of Counselors in Chinese Colleges Based on Game Theory
  • Communication Skills and Reflection Practice in Smart English Teaching and Learning Environment: A Case Study
  • Proposal for a New Tool to Evaluate a Serious Game
  • Schema Interaction Visual Teaching Based on Smart Classroom Environment in Art Course
  • Using Augmented Reality (AR) for Enhancing Chinese Vocabulary Learning

[Link to Issue 15/17]

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