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Invitation: Commentathons started – a new way to give feedback for contributions and open review

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Innoqual is an open access journal with a open review philosophy. To broaden the feedback, to involce existing communities, and to lower the treshold for feedback, the innoqual editors developed “commentathons”.  Commenting at open available contributions started already, and besides the official commentathon partners everyone is invited to give feedback for the authors. It is no need to serve with a complete review, but kind and constructive remarks and comments are very welcome!

  • Be nice! Authors have invested work in their submissions and shown the courage to expose their manuscripts to everyone finding his/her way to the INNOQUAL Journal website.
  • Be open! Although our selected tool for open review (Google Docs) allows for anonymous comments, please add your name in the comment fields.
  • Send “I messages”! Opinions can be very diverse. It is easier to find appreciation for your’s by formulating your comments in a form as “I think that…”, “It might be better, if…” rather than making statement as “The author needs to…”
  • Be positive! Even if the objective of the open review is to involve an interested audience in improving the article and hence stimulate ideas for improvements, do not forget to also comment positively on sections you find inspiring, well-written. You are encouraged to state if the paper is scientifically sound or conclusions well deduced from content/data presented before.

BTW, the official commentathon partners of this issue are – thanks a lot and all the best for your and our commentathon!

  • Graz University of Technology, Univ.-Doz. Dr. Martin Ebner, Seminar, LV “Technology Enhanced Learning” University of Education Heidelberg,
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Spannagel, research group „Playgroup“- he organise the group online, if you like to follow or support it, look at his pad
  • Saxon MOOCs United, working group lead by Anja Lorenz (Chemnitz University of Technology) and Andrea Lissner (Dresden University of Technology)


EiED_2014_SUMMIT_VIENNA_BANTo be announced: A forthcoming workshop on IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS AND ADVANCED (MOBILE) TECHNOLOGIES IN EDUCATION (K-12) within the EiEd 2014 conference, located in Vienna. In general we like to motivate researchers as well as practitioner to join us and submit a paper proposal not later than 30th June 2014.

The Immersive Virtual Learning Environments and Advanced Technologies in Education workshop will focus on sharing best practices in K-12 education and provide opportunity for workshop participants to undertake a range of hands-­‐on activities that reflect current research and classrooms practices. This workshop is designed for teachers, developers and practitioners interested in learning more how multiuser 3D immersive environments are currently being used in education and hear from researchers about new and emerging technologies and their future educational uses.

Find here the detailed call as well as the deadlines [LINK]. Perhaps you’ ll feedback from me ;)

Review: “The Art of Tinkering” – WOW! :)

Yesterday I started to present Maker books in my Weblog. Today it is “The Art of Tinkering” – a really nice one!

Wilkinson & Petrich (2014) have collected products and projects of more than 150 makers “working at the intersection of art, science and technology” within their book “The Art of Tinkering”. Several photos and (very) short description illustrates products. This includes for example recipes for conductive dough or how to fuse plastic for up-cycling. The book’s cover itself is printed with a special ink that conducts electricity (“open up this book and discover how to hack it”). – Recommmended to buy or for your personal wishlist of book ;)


P.S. If you want to buy it via Amazon it would be nice to boost the nonprofit BIMS e.V., dealing with open educational resources (just click – no extra costs for you!)

Illustrations about E-Learning Technologies, now new: Information Systems

I uploaded again some more illustrations at Flickr, this time about Information Systems (in E-Learning).

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Simple tool for simpler English:

I just developed an eLearning module for non-native learners. As I am not a native, my English is not fluent or perfect, but as researcher and German I tend to argue too complex (this is an euphemistic description for long sentences). Luckily, I read Wolfgang Reinhardt’s post (I guess it was FB) about Wow, this tools helps. For my English texts in simple English, I will forget about “nevertheless” and take “thus” instead of “therefore”. :)

My draft:

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My changes:

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Nice! Thanks!

Special Issue about “Interaction in Massive Courses” is online

It’s a great pleasure to announce that the Special Issue called “Interaction in Massive Courses” (J.USC) is published now.
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Call for Papers: Learning Analytics (deadline 2014-04-29)

cfp_learning_analyticsMartin Ebner, Kinshuk and colleagues call for submissions on the topic “Learning Analytics“. The contributions will appear as Special Issue of the journal J.UCS (Journal of Universal Computer Science). This is an open access journal and holds an Impact Factor. If you will contribute, it could get a review by me ;) – Please consider to send a scientific contribution on 29th April 2014 at latest, if the following sounds interesting and meet you research interests as well:

With the advent of new technologies such as eye-­‐tracking, activities monitoring, video analysis, content analysis, sentiment analysis and interaction analysis, the world of learning analytics has emerged as a vast research area with strong potential in various forms of formal, informal and non-formal learning opportunities. This special issue focuses on these research dimensions and aims to foster discussion on both individual impact of these dimensions and the interdependies. Suggested topics will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Big data learning analytics
  • Learning process analytics
  • Learning analytics in institutional effectiveness
  • Academic analytics
  • Semantic technologies in learning analytics
  • Learning analytics in ubiquitous learning
  • Learning analytics in schools and beyond
  • Visualizations in learning analytics

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

Illlustrations about Internet and Web history and basics

Hope some of you like my illustrations … :o) Feel free to share and use! (CC BY)

All of them are at FlickR.

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E-Learning Technologies: Some first images as start

While developing some materials as introduction for e-learning technologies, I also produced some illustrations. The first two are these. Comments welcome, usage also (CC BY)! They are also uploaded at FlickR.




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