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[publication] Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice #iderblog #oer #learninganalytics

Our publication about „Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice“ at this year Open Education Global Conference in Delft got published right now.


The article depicts the blogging platform IDeRBlog as an example of an Open Educational Resources Practice. The exercise databases of IDeRBlog are focussed in the context of orthography training. After briefly outlining Open Educational Resources an overview on how the exercises were researched and reviewed according to an established quality framework is given. This is followed by the Analysis of missing exercises and the creation of IDeRBlog exercises by the project team.

[Link to article @ ResearchGate]

[Link to article @ Conference Proceeding Database]

Reference: Gros, M., Aspalter, C., Ebner, M., Ebner, M., Steinhauer, N., Adolph, H., Ankner, L., Biermeier, S., Cormann, M., Edtstadler, K., Ernst, S., Gabriel, S., Goor, G., Huppertz, A., Irmag, K., Leitner, P., Martich, S., Taraghi, B., Ullmann, M. & Wintschnig, M. (2018) Orthography Training with IDeRBlog-an Open Educational Resources Practice. In: Open Education Global Conference 2018: OEGlobal2018. Van Valkenburg, W. & Schuwer, R. (Hrsg.). Delft University of Technology, 5 S.

[publication] Massive Open Online Courses: Offene Online-Kurse für Viele gestalten und umsetzen #imoox #mooc #tugraz

Im Rahmen des Handbuch E-Learning haben Sandra und ich einen Beitrag zu „Massive Open Online Courses: Offene Online-Kurse für Viele gestalten und umsetzen“ geschrieben mit der Idee unsere Erfahrungen damit weiterzugeben.


Dieser Beitrag beschreibt die Merkmale, didaktischen Designformen (Konzepte) und Bestandteile von MOOCs, die Umsetzungsalternativen, Zielgruppen, Zielsetzungen Maßnahmen zur Erhöhung der Teilnehmer(innen)-Aktivität bei der Durchführung von MOOCs sowie die in Betracht kommenden Auszeichnungen/Bescheinigungen für die Kursteilnahme. Außerdem werden die Erarbeitung eines MOOC-Projektplans in sieben Schritten beschrieben und die fünf Phasen eines MOOC-Projekts aufgezeigt.

[Vorabzug auf ResearchGate]

Referenz: Schön, Sandra & Ebner, Martin (2018). Massive Open Online Courses. In K. Wilbers & A. Hohenstein (Hrsg.), Handbuch E-Learning. Expertenwissen aus Wissenschaft und Praxis – Strategien, Instrumente, Fallstudien. 73. Erg.-Lfg. des Handbuchs E-Learning, 9.8, S. 1-21.

[video] What is Open Peer Review?

Openess is one of the most important movements of our society. Consequently, we should also rethink the whole process of Peer-Review. My colleague Tony Ross-Hellauer, from the Know-Center here in Graz, explains just in few minutes „What is Open Peer Review?“. Enjoy the video:

Special Issue: Learning analytics in primary, secondary and higher education #LearningAnalytics

Our special issue on „Learning analytics in primary, secondary and higher education“ got published in the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning. And the good news are, that all chapter are available via Open Access. Therfore enjoy reading 🙂

Table of Contents:

  • Small data as a conversation starter for learning analytics: Exam results dashboard for first-year students in higher education
  • Evaluating emotion visualizations using AffectVis, an affect-aware dashboard for students
  • Entrepreneurship students distilled their learning experience through reflective learning log
  • Learning analytics to improve writing skills for young children – an holistic approach
  • On predicting academic performance with process mining in learning analytics

[Articles @ Journal’s Website]

[imoox] Start: Learning to Code – Programming with Pocket Code #imoox #pocketcode

Pocket CodeWe are happy, because the first round in englisch language starts today. The MOOC „Learning to Code: Programming with Pocket Code“ is explicitly aimed at schoolchildren. But be aware that we do not want to train the whole world as computer scientists. On the contrary, we simply want people to understand how the world of tomorrow works, so that they can help shape the world of tomorrow. So register and join it for free.

There are many prejudices and fears about programming. With the help of Pocket Code, particularly children will gain initial experience with programming. A simple and visual user interface enables a playful implementation of your own ideas.

The course is designed for children and young people (age group 10-14 years) as well as teachers of all subjects. The main content includes creating your own games, interactive animations and apps with Pocket Code. At first, the structure and functionality of the app get presented. The participants learn how to use basic programming concepts such as conditionals, variables, events or parallelism. It is up to the children whether they take the course on their own or together with their parents.

[Link to the MOOC]

How can you join? Simply at any time, just register at iMOOX for free and go to the course page and join – have fun.

[ijet, journal] Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning Vol. 13 / No. 6 #ijet #research

Issue 13(6) of our journal on emerging technologies for learning got published. Enjoy the readings as usual for free :-).

Table of Contents:

  • The Analysis of Digital Maturity of Schools in Croatia
  • Development of WebGL-based Virtual Teaching Platform for Mold Design
  • Improved Adaptive Genetic Algorithm for Course Scheduling in Colleges and Universities
  • MOOC Teaching Mode of News Transmission Based on Network Audio Data Decoding Technology
  • Information Communication Technology Use among Students in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Construction of Real-time Interactive Mode-based Online Course Live Broadcast Teaching Platform for Physical Training
  • Automatic Composition of Instructional Units in Virtual Learning Environments
  • Exploration and Practice on Course Teaching in Plastic Injection Mold
  • Students Acceptance of Google Classroom: An Exploratory Study using PLS-SEM Approach
  • Model of Incorporation of Emerging Technologies in the Classroom (MIETC)
  • A Teaching Model of Urban and Rural Planning Curriculum Integrating Virtual Simulation Technology
  • A Space Design Teaching Model Using Virtual Simulation Technology
  • Construction of Multifunctional Video Conversion-based Multimedia Teaching System for College Basketball
  • An Interaction Theory-based New Distance Teaching Model for Cross Talk
  • The Augmented Reality for Teaching Thai Students about the Human Heart
  • In MOOCs we Trust: Learner Perceptions of MOOC Quality via Trust and Credibility
  • Factors affecting Successful Implementation of eLearning: Study of Colleges and Institutes Sector RCJ Saudi Arabia

[Link to Issue 13/6]

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

[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.


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

[video] Open Educational Resources @ TU Graz #tugraz #OER #research

Two years ago I did a couple of videos about our OER-iniatives and I just forgot about it. These days I just searched for something in youtube and found those videos 🙂 – so I would like to share it.
We did three videos about our initatives, expriences, policy ….

[publication] Lessons Learned when transferring Learning Analytics Interventions across Institutions #lak18 #research

Our publication at this year LAK18-conference about „Lessons Learned when transferring Learning Analytics Interventions across Institutions“ is now online available.


Learning Analytics is a promising research field, which is advancing quickly. Therefore, it finally impacts research, practice, policy, and decision making in the field of education. Nonetheless, there are still influencing obstacles when establishing Learning Analytics initiatives on higher education level. Besides the much discussed ethical and moral concerns, there is also the matter of data privacy. In 2015, the European collaboration project STELA started with the main goal to enhance the Successful Transition from secondary to higher Education by means of Learning Analytics. Together, the partner universities develop, test, and assess Learning Analytics approaches that focus on providing feedback to students. Some promising approaches are then shared between the partner universities. Therefore, the transferability of the Learning Analytics initiatives is of great significance. During the duration of our project, we found a variety of difficulties, we had to overcome to transfer one of those Learning Analytics initiatives, the Learning Tracker from one partner to the other. Despite, some of the difficulties can be categorized as small, all of them needed our attention and were time consuming. In this paper, we present the lessons learned while solving these obstacles.

[Full paper @ LAK 2018]

Reference: Leitner, P., Broos, T. & Ebner, M. (2018) Lessons Learned when transferring Learning Analytics Interventions across Institutions. In: Companion Proceedings 8th International Conference on Learning Analytcis & Knowledge. Sydney. pp. 621-629

[publication] Involving Stakeholders in Learning Analytics: Opportunity or Threat for Learning Analytics at Scale?

Our workshop publication at this year LAK18-conference about „Involving Stakeholders in Learning Analytics: Opportunity or Threat for Learning Analytics at Scale?“ is now online available.


This article introduces the goal and activities of the LAK 2018 half-day workshop on the involvement of stakeholders for achieving learning analytics at scale. The goal of the half-day workshop is to gather different stakeholders to discuss at-scale learning analytics interventions. In particular the workshop focuses on learning analytics applications and learning dashboards that go beyond the implementation in a single course or context, but that have at least the potential for scaling across different courses, programs, and institutes. The main theme of the workshop is to explore how the involvement of different stakeholders can strengthen or hinder learning analytics at scale. The key findings, recommendations, and conclusions of the workshop will be presented in a summarizing report, which will be shaped as a SWOT analysis for stakeholder involvement for achieving learning analytics at scale.

[Full paper @ LAK 2018]

Reference: De Laet, T., Broos, T., Verbert, K., van Staalduinen, J.-P., Ebner, M. & Leitner, P. (2018) Involving Stakeholders in Learning Analytics: Opportunity or Threat for Learning Analytics at Scale? Workshop. In: Companion Proceedings 8th International Conference on Learning Analytcis & Knowledge. Sydney. pp. 602-606