Published: The learning video Canvas

The learning video canvas supports the initial collection of ideas for creating a learning video. It also includes a template for a script and storyboard. It is developed by the Educational Technology team of TU Graz (Austria) as a service for teachers and course organisers at the MOOC platform and other learning videos as open educational resources (OER). The canvas is available under open license (and in German as well).

TU Graz (2021). Learning Video Canvas: Collection of Ideas for the Learning Video. Graz: TU Graz. Published under CC BY 4.0 International. URL:, Researchgate:

Keynote at OpenCast Summit: Videos as OER – why and how #ocs21 #oer

Today I will give a keynote for the OpenCast Summit on OER videos, so videos as open educational resources (OER).

Schön, Sandra (2021). Videos as OER (open educational resources): Why and how. Keynote at OpenCast Summit 2021, Graz: TU Graz, 2021-04-06, URL:

Publication: MAKER DAYS for Kids: Learnings from a Pop-up Makerspace (#rie20)

Our conference contribution at last year Robotics in Education conference got published now titled „MAKER DAYS for Kids: Learnings from a Pop-up Makerspace“ and it’s about the Maker Days events 2018 and 2019 at TU Graz.

Abstract: Makerspaces exist in different forms with different target groups and goals. Dedicated makerspaces are often organized as communities of practise. They provide space, devices, tools and materials for (digital) (re)production to support (social) innovation and to democratize STEAM education. The potential of makerspaces as authentic learning environments to teach 21st century skills is one reason why pop-up makerspaces are especially designed for children and teenagers, with a great focus on the tools and activities offered. The MAKER DAYS for kids are one example of a temporary makerspace for more than 100 participants with an open approach to encourage (especially female) participants to pursue a career in STEAM domains. Based on the gathered data of the last MAKER DAYS in 2018 and 2019 at Graz University of Technology, this publication focuses on the challenges in the design of maker activities in pop-up makerspaces and comments on the changes and improvements that were/are applied to the last/upcoming event.

[article @ publisher’s homepage] [draft @ ResearchGate]

  • Cite this paper as: Grandl M., Ebner M., Schön S., Brünner B. (2021) MAKER DAYS for Kids: Learnings from a Pop-up Makerspace. In: Lepuschitz W., Merdan M., Koppensteiner G., Balogh R., Obdržálek D. (eds) Robotics in Education. RiE 2020. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 1316. Springer, Cham.  

Presentation: Teacher Training at Universities with “Inverse Blended MOOC”

At the Second Thematic Seminar of the European Schoolnet Academy we contributed with a presentation about our experiences with Teacher Training in a an „Inverse Blended MOOC“ setting.


Publikation: The Development and Implementation of Missing Tools and Procedures at the Interface of a University’s Learning Management System, its OER Repository and the Austrian OER Referatory

How to develop missing tools and processes when impementing an OER repository and connect it with the Austrian wide We document and explain our work in our latest publication:

To enable broad access to education and generous use of educational resources, Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) also relies on Open Educational Resources (OER). This article describes the technological developments and processes that enable teachers at TU Graz to use their own learning management system (LMS) for the publication of OER. The article describes how interfaces and processes have marked educational resources of TU Graz with metadata to offer them to a broad public via the university’s own OER repository and via the Austrian OER portal of the University of Vienna. Only appropriately qualified lecturers at TU Graz are authorized to use the new OER plug-in. The article concludes with recommendations for projects in OER infrastructure implementations.


OER-Certification – it could be so easy :-) – @Mackiwg

I am responsible for the development of an OER certication of lecturers in higher education as well of universities within the next four years for the fnma in Austria. To connect with international projects and to find relevant projects we could learn from or collaborate, I used Twitter last week. We work on the base of a Whitepaper of a working group of many relevant stakeholder, presented already in English.

A lighthearted conversation with one of the global OER heros, Wayne Macintosh (Wikieducator, amongst others), just illustrated how easy it could be. Thanks!

And yes, I still feel honoured and I am wondering if I should present „the platinum status of my OER initiatives by Wayne Mackintosh“ in my professional CV beside our, amongst others, German UNESCO commission’s award on OER? 😀

Erschienen: Making Social Innovators. Workshop Designs für und mit jungen Sozialen Innovator/inn/en von 6 bis 16, (DOIT Handbuch) #oer #makered #sdg

Bevor ich Salzburg Research verließ, war ich Teil des DOIT-Projekts und Mitautorin des DOIT-Handbuchs. Auch in der deutschsprachigen Version beschreiben wir Hintergrund, Ideen, Materialien und Ergebnisse, wie man Workshops für und mit jungen sozialen Innovatoren von 6 bis 16 Jahren entwickeln kann. Natürlich sind das Handbuch und alle anderen DOIT-Ressourcen offen lizenziert (CC BY) – Sie können es also gerne verwenden, modifizieren und weitergeben!


Published: Making Social Innovators. Workshop Design for and with Young Social Innovators from 6 to 16 years (DOIT handbook) #oer #makered #sdg

Before I left Salzburg Research I was part of the DOIT project and co-author of the DOIT handbook. Within the (original) English version we describe background, ideas, materials, results on how you can develop workshops for and with young social innovators from 6 to 16 years. Of course, the handbook and all other DOIT resources are open licensed (CC BY) – so please feel free to use, modify and share!


Teaching Materials on Research approaches and methods in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) published #OER #TEL

For a Webinar series at Universitas Negeri Malang, where I serve as an Adjunct Professor, Martin Ebner and me published a teaching text as well a video on three research approaches in technology-enhanced learning.

This is the teaching text accompanying the webinar:

And here you find an introduction and examples for the three research approaches in technology-enhanced approaches as a video:

Within in this video, we ask you to stop in between and watch the following video and assignment:

Additionally, this presentation will be used in the Webinar:

More materials and information as well interactive assignments are shared in the Webinar and its future (repetetive) events. Enjoy!

Publication: Future Teacher Training of Several Universities with MOOCs as OER – Teaching in #COVID19 Pandemic. Stories from the field

#COVID19 was and is a big challenge for many people, for teachers as universities as well. And of course we love to share experiences we made or have seen at the TU Graz as well to enrich the contributions on teaching and learning with technologies in HEI.

This time we contributed to a book which collects 133 (!) experiences from colleagues worldwide, all available under CC BY NC ND. Please have look and check:

Our contribution describes:

To train future Austrian teachers in using digital media, a novel didactic design was implemented at several universities in Austria in summer semester 2019: The course includes the participation in a MOOC (massive open online course) on the topic, an accompanying group work at the universities and multiple-choice tests conducted at the universities. In the summer semester of 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the group work and exams had to be switched to virtual space as well. Because the course materials are available under an open license, i.e. as open educational resources, further use is possible and offered.

Ebner, Martin & Schön, Sandra (2020). Future Teacher Training of Several Universities with MOOCs as OER. In: R.E. Ferdig, E. Baumgartner, E., R. Hartshorne, E. Kaplan-Rakowski, & C. Mouza, C. (Ed). Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Pp. 493-497. Book is available under CC BY NC ND: Preprint at ResearchGate: