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? 😀
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!
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!
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:
#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.
After my debut as a researcher at Graz University of Technology, the first article has now been published in which I actually participated as an official employee of Graz University of Technology. Now it is probably due to the great team of Martin Ebner, the Educational Technology Team of TU Graz, that the article about their role and acitivities and effects during the first three weeks of the COVID-19 crisis at TU Graz gets so much attention (and probably also automatisms around the hashtag #covid19 😀 ), but hey: This second article since my start at TU Graz rocks (again) up to the top of TU Graz at Research Gate!
By the way, since 1.4.20 I was always the only woman in the #researchgate #tugraz top 10, now there are my female co-authors as well! <3<3<3
Reference: Ebner, M.; Schön, S.; Braun, C.; Ebner, M.; Grigoriadis, Y.; Haas, M.; Leitner, P.; Taraghi, B. COVID-19 Epidemic as E-Learning Boost? Chronological Development and Effects at an Austrian University against the Background of the Concept of “E-Learning Readiness”. Future Internet 2020, 12, 94. [full article @ ResearchGate] [full article @ journal’s homepage]
My first research article as a team member of Graz University of Technology is a research article concerning the situation of COVID-19 titled „COVID-19 Epidemic as E-Learning Boost? Chronological Development and Effects at an Austrian University against the Background of the Concept of “E-Learning Readiness”. It’s really inspiring to be part of such a smart and commited Educational Technology team who did such a great job, not only but especially in the crazy first weeks of COID19 crisis in Austria.
Abstract: The COVID-19 crisis influenced universities worldwide in early 2020. In Austria, all universities were closed in March 2020 as a preventive measure, and meetings with over 100 people were banned and a curfew was imposed. This development also had a massive impact on teaching, which in Austria takes place largely face-to-face. In this paper we would like to describe the situation of an Austrian university regarding e-learning before and during the first three weeks of the changeover of the teaching system, using the example of Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). The authors provide insights into the internal procedures, processes and decisions of their university and present figures on the changed usage behaviour of their students and teachers. As a theoretical reference, the article uses the e-learning readiness assessment according to Alshaher (2013), which provides a framework for describing the status of the situation regarding e-learning before the crisis. The paper concludes with a description of enablers, barriers and bottlenecks from the perspective of the members of the Educational Technology department.
Reference: Ebner, M.; Schön, S.; Braun, C.; Ebner, M.; Grigoriadis, Y.; Haas, M.; Leitner, P.; Taraghi, B. COVID-19 Epidemic as E-Learning Boost? Chronological Development and Effects at an Austrian University against the Background of the Concept of “E-Learning Readiness”. Future Internet 2020, 12, 94.
Nowadays, the value of a researcher is evaluated with scientific output and indices like the h-index. At my previous employer, the Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft, my publications were listed in the top ten in Research Gate Statistics. This is not particularly surprising, as publications did not play a major role among my colleagues. – I also had the company’s highest RG index.
Some people were upset about my „cliffhanger“ – and because of corona and homeschooling I just didn’t make it earlier – SORRY! 😀 .
This is where I ended up after my departure at Salzburg Research at first of April 2020:
1. First of all, I started a new project called „Development of an OER certification body for universities“ at the Forum Neue Medien in der Lehre Austria (Association for New Media in Teaching Austria) as project leader. OER stands for „Open Educational Resources“ and within the next four years, we should have made it possible that all Austrian higher education institutions could certifiy themselves and their lecturers their OER expertise and activities. I am looking forward to working with many old acquaintances as well as new people and last but not least to the friendly reception:
„I don’t think we could have found anyone more perfect for the job.“
(blush) – I hope I will not disappoint the high expectations. 😀
In fact, the project is amibitioned and, despite all the positive attitudes towards OER, not at all a self-runner: many different positions and stakeholders have to be considered and involved.
And I am delighted that I was able to start working with Martin’s wonderful team at this highly exciting time – one of our first projects is a paper on the corona effects in e-learning at Graz University of Technology. 😉
3. And then, as before, I have further research and teaching assignments as T3C, among others. One of them sounds pretty crazy and I couldn’t quite believe it either – I am now also part of the staff of the Universitas Negeri Malang (State University of Malang, Indonesia). More about that later 🙂