A milestone 🚩in OER history in Austria – and unique worldwide: On Wednesday this week presented the new Website about the Austrian OER certification – a OER certificate for universities and persons. https://oer-zertifikat.at.
As representatives of our wonderful advisory board (board members are as well Sarah-Isabell Behrens, Jöran Muuß-Merholz and Rudolf Mumenthaler) Noreen Krause and Alexander Schmölz handed over certificates to the first Austrian universities today – in a ceremonial setting at the ministry.
Noreen Krause as well shared inspiring insights into OER developments in German higher education within her keynote, we had several workshops of the fnma SIG OER, talks about the Open Education Austria Advanced project and a report about recents years OER development in Austrian higher education by the SIG OER. (Vice) rectors of many universities accompanied their OER experts to see how and why their work is part of a bigger thing with relevance and need for their own insitutions, but even beyond this for a prosporous Austrian development.
… And I sat there with goosebumps, and also a bit proud, how now 3 years of work with many people involved in the development of the OER certification body can show an impressive interim result – and because so many proudly took photos and selfies.
I was very happy about the opportunity and the exchange with the colleagues – and especially on the level of the national strategy there is still a lot to learn and exchange! – Of course it is really a challenge to trace the development of OER in Austria in a few minutes, even if you only focus on the field of Higher Education.
Our article about „An Exploratory Mixed Method Study on H5P Videos and Video-Related Activities in a MOOC Environment“ got already published in 2022:
In this paper, an exploratory mixed-method study is presented examining the video-related behavior of participants of a massive open online course (MOOC; N=1.238). Firstly, detailed log-file analysis of six videos has been carried out to compare clickstreams of videos with and without integrated H5P quiz integration. It shows quite different seeking and watching pattern behavior in video with H5P quizzes. In a second step, learners participated in an online questionnaire (N=707): Most of them see the quizzes in videos as always or mostly helpful (67%). The survey also shows that for many, taking notes, turning on subtitles, using the transcripts or even increasing the speed are important activities when learning with the videos in the MOOC. In a third step, interviews with ten MOOC participants are a source for qualitative insights in how the learners use the learning videos.
[article @ journal’s homepage]
[article @ ResearchGate]
Reference: Thurner, S., Schön, S., Schirmbrand, L., Tatschl, M., Teschl, T., Leitner, P., & Ebner, M. (2022). An Exploratory Mixed Method Study on H5P Videos and Video-Related Activities in a MOOC Environment. International Journal of Technology-Enhanced Education (IJTEE), 1(1), 1-18. http://doi.org/10.4018/IJTEE.304388
Our chapter about „Developing a Professional Profile of a Digital Ethics Officer in an Educational Technology Unit in Higher Education“ is published right now.
Abstract: The digitalisation of learning, teaching, and study processes has a major impact on possible evaluations and uses of data, for example with regard to individual learning recommendations, prognosis, or assessments. This also gives rise to ethical issues centered around digital teaching and possible challenges of data use. One possible approach to this challenge might be to install a Digital Ethics Officer (DEO), whose future profile this paper outlines for a Educational Technology unit of a Higher Education Institution (HEI). Therefore, an introductory overview of the tasks and roles of Ethics Officers (EO) is given based on the literature. The authors then describe the current ethics program of a university of technology and collect current and potential ethical issues from the field of educational technologies. Based on this, a first professional profile for a DEO at an educational technology unit of a university is described. From the authors’ point of view, the article thus prepares important considerations and steps for the future of this position.
Reference: Andrews, D., Leitner, P., Schön, S., Ebner, M. (2022). Developing a Professional Profile of a Digital Ethics Officer in an Educational Technology Unit in Higher Education. In: Zaphiris, P., Ioannou, A. (eds) Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Designing the Learner and Teacher Experience. HCII 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13328. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-05657-4_12
Since February 2020 I am an Adjunct Professor at Universitas Negeri Malang in Indonesia. As a start of this new task, a delegation of my university planned a visit already in March 2020 in Bad Reichenhall. But Covid-19 has made it necessary to cancel the visit in the first week of March.
Two and a half years later, the time had come and we were able to welcome the delegation from Indonesia to BIMS e.V..
We were pleased to welcome the following high-level delegation:
Prof. Utami Widiati, PhD, Dean of Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang
Dr. Dewi Kartika Ardiyani, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang
Dr. Primardiana Hermilia Wijayati, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang
Dr. Moch Syahri, Vice Dean for Finance, Infrastructure, and Human Resources, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang
Dr. Edy Hidayat, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang
Together with Martin Ebner and Martin Schön we had an intensive exchange and it is really wonderful to meet people „for real“ after such a long time online.
And of course, we took the opportunity to show our colleagues some wonders of the Berchtesgadener Alpen (Prof. Utami Widiati is missing because she arrived a day later).
We are already looking forward to all further collaborations!