Online available for some days: EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS IN THE MAKERS ERA (Springer)

As PC member of the the „Edurobotics 2016 International Conference“, I am pleased to announce that the conference proceedings book EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS IN THE MAKERS ERA is  published in SPRINGER in both printed and e-book.

You can download for free the full e-book or separate chapters of the book from a direct link on the official conference website

This is only an opportunity for the next days (approx. till mid of May)!

Call for Papers: Learning Analytics in primary, secondary and higher education

Martin Ebner and Markus Ebner ask for contributions to their Call for a Special Issue for the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning (JRIT&L). The topic of the call is „Learning Analytics in primary, secondary and higher education„.


Important Dates:
Submission Deadline: 28th April 2017
Notification of First Round Reviews: 30th June 2017
Camera ready: 29th September 2017

Follow the project on ResearchGate for updates!

Published: Recommendations for OER Integration in Austrian Higher Education

Together with my colleagues of the Austrian wide OER-working group we published our findings about „Recommendations for OER Integration in Austrian Higher Education“ at this year EADTU 2016 conference.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are considered an important instrument to increase access and to facilitate the reuse of learning content. Educational institutions, especially those in Higher Education, play a crucial role in the production of OER, since they are the main producers of learning materials. To foster this production, a national strategy or at a least a national commitment to OER is necessary. Moreover, due to the very strict copyright law in Austria, this achievement is of high importance and necessity. In this publication, we will introduce recommendations for the integration of OER in all Higher Education institutions in Austria; these were developed by a national workgroup consisting of different stakeholders (government, library, funder, Higher Education and special interest groups). The overall aim is to achieve sustainability for the educational sector, especially with regard to the usage of learning materials by different lecturers as well as institutions. The cooperation among various stakeholders on different levels needs to be in the centre of all further efforts, which should be based upon six explicit requirements:

  1. Mandatory commitment to OER
  2. Establishment of a nationwide information platform for exchange and cooperation
  3. Establishment of nationwide educational programmes for different stakeholders
  4. Establishment of national OER badges
  5. Targeted financial and structural promotion of OER
  6. Establishment of OER strategies within each institution and as a comprehensive approach

Each requirement will be described in more detail and a roadmap will illustrate how OER can be successfully integrated at Higher Education institutions in the next ten years.

[Full paper @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Kopp, M., Freisleben-Deutscher, C., Gröblinger, O., Rieck, K., Schön, S., Seitz, P, Seissl, M., Ofner, S., Zimmermann, C., Zwiauer, C. (2016) Recommendations for OER Integration in Austrian Higher Education. In: Conference Proceedings: The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, EADTU 2016, pp. 34-44

Published: Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children

Our publication on „Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children“ at this year ICL conference in publication got published.


The Maker Movement or do-it-yourself culture is a concept uses novel, mostly via digital applications and tools to emphasize the learning- through-doing in the social environment. This culture inspires teachers through learning by construction and is seen as an important driver for education. In this chapter, we introduce the Maker Movement and describe how it contributes to the STEM education. The authors recite their experience through the project “Maker Days for Kids” which after that, was served as a fundamental base for a following Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). This online course brought some of the emerging technologies together with an appropriate didactical pro- ject about “Making activities for classrooms” to the public. It can be concluded that the MOOC assists in fostering the STEM education by rapidly transferring knowledge to the involved teachers.

[Draft version @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Schön, S., Khalil, M. (2016) Maker-MOOC – How to Foster STEM Education with an Open Online Course on Creative Digital Development and Construction with Children. Conference Proceeding 19th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning (ICL2016), Belfast, pp. 1233-1244

Published: How OER Enhances MOOCs—A Perspective from German-Speaking Europe

Our chapter on „How OER Enhances MOOCs—A Perspective from German-Speaking Europe“ got published as part of the book Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs.


In this chapter, we discuss why OER and MOOCs are a necessary and pow- erful combination, especially in German-speaking Europe. We begin with an introduc- tion to open online courses and an overview of copyright law in Germany and Austria. We then describe the evolution of OER MOOCs in Austria and Germany, especially the development of two MOOC platforms. Finally, we present examples of the impact of OER on MOOCs to conclude that an approach combining OER and MOOCs can be very valuable to foster new and innovative didactical approaches as well as future education.

[Full chapter @ Springer]

[Draftversion @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Lorenz, A., Lackner, E., Kopp, M., Kumar, S., Schön, S., Wittke, A. (2016) How OER enhance MOOCs – A Perspective from German-speaking Europe. In: Open Education: from OERs to MOOCs. Jemni, M., Kinshuk, Khribi, M. K. (Eds.). Springer. Lecture Notes in Educational Technology. pp. 205-220