Presentation: Why weak signals detection does not surprise

Today another sneak preview: Markus Lassnig will present a short paper about the surprise potential of weak signals detection (today, again in Portugal).


  • Eckhoff, Robert; Markus, Mark; Lassnig, Markus; Schön, Sandra (2015): No outstanding surprises when using Social Media as source for weak signals? First attempt to discuss the impact of social media sources to detect surprising weak signals. Proceedings of The Ninth International Conference on Digital Society (ICDS) in Lisbon, Portugal.

Presentation: Guidelines for Social Media Mining for Innovation Purposes

Today my colleague Markus Lassnig will present a paper with (our) guideslines for Social Media Mining for Innovation Purposes. The essence is already available here as sneak preview. ;) guidelines_smm_engl

  • Eckhoff, Robert; Markus, Mark; Lassnig, Markus; and Schön, Sandra (2015). Guidelines for social media mining for innovation purposes. Experiences and recommendations from literature and practice. Proceedings of eKNOW 2015, The Seventh International Conference on Information, Process, and Knowledge Management, February 22 – 27, 2015 – Lisbon, Portugal.

Seven things that make Learning Analytics (LA) smart #elearningpapers

Together with Martin Ebner, Behnam Taraghi and Anna Saranti we discussed and brought together what makes learning analytics smart – from their perspectives and experiences with some years of work (and several publications). Here is our result as figure – and within a new publication.


Published: iPads in primary schools / Experiencias con ipads en la escuela primaria

Last year another text was published, also translated in Spanish:

Tablet computers gain enormous attention nowadays and become more and more part of our daily life. Due to this it is not astonishing that even the educational sector is thinking about the use of such wearable devices in the classroom. Our research study aims to give insights about real life experiences with iPads in Austrian primary schools. Therefore we describe the development of appropriate learning apps and their use in classrooms. Finally each technology-enhanced lesson is observed as well as evaluated afterwards with the help of the cut-off technique. The research work carries out different circumstances the use of tablet computers has a positive influence on teaching and learning and gives practical hints how they should be used in classrooms.

Key words:
Tablet, iPad, field study, cut-off technique, app, primary school

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Los ordenadores-tablet están acaparando toda la atención en estos momentos y forman parte de nuestra vida cotidiana. Por ello, no es de extrañar que en el ámbito educativo se hayan arbitrado fórmulas para incorporarlos en las aulas. La presente investigación pretende mostrar las estrategias llevadas a cabo en determinadas experiencias con iPads en escuelas primarias austriacas. Por un lado, se describe el desarrollo de las aplicaciones (apps) educativas apropiadas para su empleo en aulas. Y por otro, cada lección apoyada en las tecnologías es analizada y evaluada desde una perspectiva técnica. Las aportaciones más representativas de la investigación evidencian las diversas fórmulas de utilización de este tipo de ordenadores para promover una influencia positiva en la enseñanza, también se apuntan recomendaciones prácticas sobre cómo
deberían ser usados en aulas.

  • Ebner, Martin; Schönhart, Julia & Schön, Sandra (2014). Experiencias con ipads en la escuela primaria (translation of English original). In: Profesorado, V 18, Nº 3 (sept.-diciembre 2014). URL:
  • Ebner, Martin; Schönhart, Julia & Schön, Sandra (2014). Experiences with iPads in primary schools. In: Profesorado, V 18, Nº 3 (sept.-diciembre 2014). URL:

Published: Open Educational Systems – The Challenge of Up-dating when republishing is allowed

Our publication about “Open Educational Systems – The Challenge of Up-dating when republishing is allowed” is now online available. Our study tried to cover problems and risks of Open Educational Systems using the example of L3T.


Open Access and Open Educational Resources are important issues for the future of education even or especially in Higher Education. This contribution introduces a project on a textbook done collaboratively by more than 200 participants. From a technical background the Open Journal Systems is used to assist and manage the whole scientific publishing process. Furthermore a plugin for the system has been developed to open the access to the content to any other third party application like mobile applications. In spite of a fully Open Education System numerous chapters appeared on different platforms because of the nature of openness and the possibility of republishing. This research study aims to address the problem of unnecessary multiplication of learning objects. The report concluded that much more awareness is needed towards sustainability and reliability.

[Link to full article]

Reference: Ebner, M., Schön, S. (2014). Open Educational Systems – The Challenge of Up-dating when republishing is allowed. Bulletin of the Technical Committee on Learning Technology. 16(2/3). pp. 14-17

Paper on “Maker Movement in Education” is within best-of elearningpapers 2014!

… we feel honoured and are happy about the selection of the e-learning papers editors: Our paper “The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching“ is part of a special issue with a selection of papers from 2014. Great! (For me it’s second time!)

You can find here some of the topics that have been covered by eLearning Papers during the past year in the 12 articles we consider the most intriguing and inspiring for you to enjoy”


  • Schön, Sandra; Ebner, Martin & Kurma, Swapna (2014). The Maker Movement. Implications of new digital gadgets, fabrication tools and spaces for creative learning and teaching [Republished in special issue] . In: eLearning Papers,  eLearning Papers Special edition 2014 “Transforming Education through Innovation and Technology, September 2014, pp. 86-100. URL:

Published: Innoqual n. 3 “Quality in MOOCs” (open access)

Thanks to wonderful Ann-Cristin Thannhäuser, to my co-editor Gráinne Conole, the reviewers, the contributor and organisers of the commentathon and last, but not least: the authors! – the issue 3 of Innoqual on “Quality in Massiv Open Online Courses” (and some contributions to the general innoqual topic)  is now online and available (open access!). Enjoy it!

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