Abstract: When makerspaces are designed for children, special motivation and reasoning needs to be made. Within this article, we describe a case study: A temporary four-day open makerspace for about 40 children per day. Motivation, considerations and the development process as well as the actual realization are described and discussed. We comment on how such a space for children and adolescents should be arranged for future studies. As described, considerations in terms of participation, peer tutoring and gender mainstreaming influence the design of the space, the methods used, as well as the general setting. Abstract of the publication[article @ publisher’s homepage] [draft @ ResearchGate] Reference: Schön S., Ebner M., Grandl M. (2020). Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It. In: Moro M., Alimisis D., Iocchi L. (eds) Educational Robotics in the Context of the Mak-er Movement. Edurobotics 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 946., pp. 3-15 Springer, Cham –>
Last week I got the honour to present the DOIT project at the Research Center of the EC.
Sandra Schön (2020). Entrepreneurial skills for young social innovators from 6 to 16 years. Presentation in the „Social innovation seminar – Concept definition, frontier research and societal impact“. Seminar at the European Commission, Jointly organised by ERCEA and REA, 23. Januar 2020 in Brüssel.
Our contribution to the book „Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies in the Curriculum“ got published right now. Following the title „More Than a MOOC—Seven Learning and Teaching Scenarios to Use MOOCs in Higher Education and Beyond“ we described different scenarios how MOOCs can be used in (Higher) Education. Furthermore, we also did a short summary of the outcome, which you can find here.
Abstract:Abstract of the publication
Since 2010, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been one of the most discussed and researched topics in the area of educational technology. Due to their open nature such courses attract thousands of learners worldwide and more and more higher education institutions begin to produce their own MOOCs. Even the (international) press is full of reports and articles of how MOOCs can revolutionize education. In this chapter, we will take a look from a meta-level. After years of experiences with different MOOCs, we recognize that many MOOCs are used in different ways by teachers, lecturers, trainers and learners. So, there are different learning and teaching scenarios in the background often not visible to the broader public. Therefore, we like to address the following research question: “How can MOOCs be used in Higher Education learning and teaching scenarios and beyond?” In the study, the authors will focus on the seven identified scenarios how particular MOOCs were used for teaching and learning and therefore illustrate, that a MOOC can be “more than a MOOC”. MOOCs are one of the key drivers for open education using Open Educational Resources. The use of open licenses for MOOC resources are the mechanism for potential innovations in learning and teachings scenarios.
Reference: Ebner M., Schön S., Braun C. (2020) More Than a MOOC—Seven Learning and Teaching Scenarios to Use MOOCs in Higher Education and Beyond. In: Yu S., Ally M., Tsinakos A. (eds) Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies in the Curriculum. Bridging Human and Machine: Future Education with Intelligence. pp. 75-87 Springer, Singapore
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We produced a folder as a short overview of our research work with MOOCs called „Seven teaching and learning scenarios with MOOCs“. The research-based on interviews with educational experts and their work with MOOCs over 5 years.
The folder is available in English and German on Slideshare (for embedding) as well as .pdf (for download):
Abstract: Open Educational Resources (OER) allow many different uses in educational work that are excluded from traditional materials by copyright laws, such as modifying and republishing existing materials. This article examines the current role of OER in the field of adult education in German-speaking area, especially in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Although nowadays the topic of digitization is given a high strategic importance in continuing education in Switzerland, OER plays just a subordinate role there. Website Smart Learning Environment[full article @ publisher’s homepage] [full article @ ResearchGate] Reference: Schön, S. & Ebner, M. (2019) Open educational resources in continuing adult education: development in the German-speaking area. In: Smart Learning Environments (2019) 6: 25. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40561-019-0111-4
Open Educational Resources (OER) projects often face the challenge of how to sustain and develop further the resources after the initial project funding comes to an end. OER are provided for free and open for anybody to re-use, modify and distribute. How than can the producers exploit the resources, are there any feasible business models, especially models which could remove or at least reduce dependence on limited and insecure funding? This article presents results of a survey of literature on OER business models and an overview of models identified in the literature. For projects which developed a learning program with OER the freemium model is being considered as a promising model.
Reference: Geser, G., Schön, S. & Ebner, M. (2019). Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project?. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1519-1525). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
We guess that all innovative educators especially in the field of educational technology love to work with MOOCs. We simply get the possibility to teach a broad audience and are working with learners really interested in the stuff. In recent years, the number of those courses have increased while impressive educational institutions report successful experiences.