[publication] Developing a Professional Profile of a Digital Ethics Officer in an Educational Technology Unit in Higher Education #Learninganalytics #ethics #tugraz #research

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.

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

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

Finally: A visit of my Indonesian colleagues – a delegation of University of Malang in Bad Reichenhall

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!

Presentation at NLASI 22: Developments and Experiences at iMooX.at #LA #NLASI

At NLASI in Stockholm we presented what was developed and experienced concerning Learning Analytics at the national MOOC platform iMooX.at

[blog] The stage model of digital transformation / Das Stufenmodell der digitalen Transformation #transformation #highereducation #tugraz

We just wrote a short essay about the digital transformation in higher education and how we are able to describe the current situation. Therfore, we propose a stage model of digital transformation.

[Blog article @ Hochschulforum Digitalisierung] [article @ ResearchGate]

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[publication] Approaches to Monitor and Evaluate OER Policies in Higher Education – Tracing Developments in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland #OpenEducationalResources #OER #OEAA

Together with my colleagues we did research about OER policies in Higher Education with a strong focus on Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the Asian Journal of Distance Education:

Abstract: The 2019 UNESCO recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) encourages member states to monitor policies and mechanisms in OER across the world. In higher education, there are many initiatives and policies around OER. This contribution gives insights into the current situation concerning OER policy documents that are of national or institutional relevance for public higher education institutions in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. For each country, a different approach for identifying OER policy documents was chosen, dependent on the availability of documents and different dominant forms of documentation. Whereas digital documents available on the web were found as helpful sources for Germany, and performance agreements between the national ministry and individual universities were used for analysis in Austria, a survey amongst all universities was the chosen research approach in Switzerland to give an overview about potentially OER related policy documents. All these documents are now made available via the OER World Map. With this contribution, the authors also highlight the possibility of using the OER World Map as a powerful tool to collect and evaluate OER policy documents.

[full paper @ journal’s Homepage] [full paper @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Neumann, J., Schön, S., Bedenlier, S., Ebner, M., Edelsbrunner, S., Krüger, N., Lüthi-Esposito, G., Marin, V. I., Orr, D., Peters, L. N., Reimer, R. T., & Zawacki-Richter, O. (2022). Approaches to Monitor and Evaluate OER Policies in Higher Education – Tracing Developments in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Asian Journal of Distance Education.  

Titel: [program] MSc in Immersive Technologies – Innovation in Education, Training and Game Design #master #Immersive

I am happy to be part of a very interesting program called „MSc in Immersive Technologies – Innovation in Education, Training and Game Design“ – distributed by the International Hellenic University.
Msc in Immsersive Technologieshttps://imt.ihu.gr/
Together with Martin Ebner and some more or less experienced monsters I am responsible to introduce into the topic of technology enhanced learning. ….The good news are, that the master will start again and you can apply for till July 10th 2022: [Link for detailed information]

[publication] Teaching German as a Foreign Language with Open Educational Resources (OER) #OER #research

Our article about „Teaching German as a Foreign Language with Open Educational Resources (OER)“ got published in the International Journal of Emerging Technologies: Abstract: The focus of this research is to find OER to be used in learning German as a foreign language levels A1 to B1 of the The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standards and to implement in teaching at University of Malang (Indonesia). An overview of the OER will be given, which was categorized language learning level, themes, among others level and themes. From the implementation in university classes with about 19-21 years old, our interviews with five lecturers and their answers in an online questionnaire showed that the OER material in learning did provide many benefits for lecturers and students, including the variety of materials, the forms, and the economic aspect. However, the existing OER still have some downsides, like their suitability to the needs of lecturers and students, in terms of their themes, the technical requirements and levels of difficulty. [full article @ ResearchGate] [full article @ Journal’s Homepage] Reference: Wijayati, P. H., Kharis, M., Hidayat, E., Ardiyani, D. K., Ebner, M., & Schön, S. (2022). Teaching German as a Foreign Language with Open Educational Resources (OER): Implementation in and Experiences from an Indonesian University. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET)17(04), pp. 225–238. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v17i04.23225

[publication] Promoting Digital Skills for Austrian Employees through a MOOC: Results and Lessons Learned from Design and Implementation #mooc #imoox

Our publication about „Promoting Digital Skills for Austrian Employees through a MOOC: Results and Lessons Learned from Design and Implementation“ got published in the journal Education Sciences: Abstract: Digital skills are now essential, not only in information and communications technology (ICT) jobs, but for employees across all sectors. The aim of this article is to detail how employees’ digital skills can be fostered through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), how such an offer is used and what the effects of such a measure are. Using an approach oriented at action research and design-based research activities, the authors describe the basics of their finding on existing European competence frameworks for digital skills and European projects that used MOOCs, the development and design of the MOOC, the evaluation on the basis of learning analytics insights and a questionnaire, as well as a reflection. The MOOC was offered as Open Educational Resources (OER) on the Austrian MOOC platform iMOOX.at from March to April 2021, with 2083 participants, of whom 381 fully completed the course (at end of June 2021) and 489 filled out the final questionnaire [full article @ ResearchGate] [full article @ journal’s homepage] Reference: Edelsbrunner S, Steiner K, Schön S, Ebner M, Leitner P. Promoting Digital Skills for Austrian Employees through a MOOC: Results and Lessons Learned from Design and Implementation. Education Sciences. 2022; 12(2):89. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12020089