Publication: Guidelines for Leveraging University Didactics Centers to Support OER Uptake in German-Speaking Europe

Our publication on „Guidelines for Leveraging University Didactics Centers to Support OER Uptake in German-Speaking Europe“ is now published as part of the Special Issue Models of Open Education in Higher Education.


Although less well established than in other parts of the world, higher education institutions in German-speaking countries have seen a marked increase in the number of open educational resource (OER) initiatives and in government-supported OER funding in recent years. OER implementation, however, brings with it a unique set of challenges in German-speaking higher education contexts, stemming in part from copyright laws and use permissions that have made sharing and reuse of educational materials less prevalent. The article discusses how instructional development centers, including university didactics centers (hochschuldidaktische Zentren) and e-learning centers, can play a key role in faculty uptake and adoption of OER, and concludes by proposing a set of OER implementation guidelines that leverage the expertise and interfacing role of these centers in German-speaking countries.

[Full article @ ResearchGate]

[Full article @ Journal Homepage]

Citation: Ebner, M., Schön, S., & Kumar, S. (2016). Guidelines for leveraging university didactics centers to support OER uptake in German-speaking Europe. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24(39).

CfP: Springer Special Issue on Advancing Research on Open Education in Journal of Computing in Higher Education (2016-05-01)

This might be an interesting call for papers for some of my followers:

Call for Papers: Springer Special Issue on Advancing Research on Open Education in Journal of Computing in Higher Education (ISI impact factor 0.909).

This special issue will focus on empirical research dealing with the advancement of the field of open education for postsecondary and adult learners. Papers should be theory-driven and results should be reported based on data and evidence. Conceptual papers contributing an integrated approach to open education are invited as well as systematic literature reviews related to the field.

The detailed call can be found at:

Wide range of topics are included, but are not limited to the following instances:

– Evaluation of MOOCs and OER implementations (Drop-out rates, measuring learning success, affective aspects…)
– Learning Design and Conceptual Issues (Recommender systems, adaptation, personalization, Video development of MOOCs, MOOCs Desgin…)
– Learning Analytics (Dashboards, assessment, Educational Data Mining, Process mining…)
– Technological Aspects (HCI, Usability, Mobile Technology for MOOCs…)
– Organizational Aspects (Business models, Support mechanisms for OER…)

**Time planning**

Submission deadline: 1 May 2016
Review results: 1 June 2016
Revised paper submission: 15 July
Special issue published: December 2016

**Submission Instructions and template**

Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal’s online manuscript-submission and peer-review system: and authors should select the “S.I. Open Education” code for their article type. Inquiries should be sent to guest editors. The style of the manuscript should conform to APA style and manuscripts should be approximately 5000 words in length. In general, the journal follows the recommendations of the 2009 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), and it is suggested that contributors refer to this publication when preparing the manuscript.

**About the Journal of Computing in Higher Education**

The Journal of Computing in Higher Education (JCHE) contributes to our understanding of the design, development, and implementation of instructional processes and technologies in higher education. JCHE publishes original research, literature reviews, implementation and evaluation studies, and theoretical, conceptual, and policy papers that provide perspectives on instructional technology’s role in improving access, affordability, and outcomes of postsecondary education. Priority is given to well-documented original papers that demonstrate a strong grounding in learning theory and/or rigorous educational research design. In 2014 the journal had an ISI impact factor of 0.909.

Website of the Journal:

Published: A Field Study of a Video Supported Seamless-Learning-Setting with Elementary Learners #jets

It’s a great honor that our publication about „A Field Study of a Video Supported Seamless-Learning-Setting with Elementary Learners“ got published in the Journal of Educational Technology & Society.


Seamless Learning shall initiate human learning processes that exceeds lesson and classroom limits. At the same time this approach fosters a self-regulated learning, by means of inspirational, open education settings. Advanced learning materials are easily accessible via mobile digital devices connected to the Internet. In this study it was explored whether and to what extent an open learning approach can be initiated by support of videos and incentives. The study took place in a real-world setting during a conventional mathematics class in an Austrian secondary school with N = 85 children of average age of 10, 6 years. For the investigation a traditional face-to-face maths-teaching environment was completely replaced by an open learning environment. In our study, the elementary learners were able to select their own learning pace and preferences via example videos. In addition to the use of an open education approach and videos, their learning was also incentivised via a reward system of “stars.” A pre-test-post-test-control-group study showed that the learning performance significantly increased. The reason was due to the combination of a novel teaching and learning setting and coupled incentives to foster the learning process.

[Full article @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Fößl,T., Ebner, M., Schön, S., & Holzinger, A. (2016). A Field Study of a Video Supported Seamless-Learning-Setting with Elementary Learners. Educational Technology & Society, 19 (1),321–336.

Published: Cooperative Face-to-Face Learning with Connected Mobile Devices: The Future of Classroom Learning?

Our chapter about „Cooperative Face-to-Face Learning with Connected Mobile Devices: The Future of Classroom Learning?“ got published as chapter of the book Mobile, Ubiquitous, and Pervasive Learning.


Communication and collaboration among peers influence learning outcomes in a positive way. Therefore our research work focuses on enhancing face-to-face group learning with the usage of mobile devices by developing a learning game for iPhone/iPad devices called MatheBingo. The app allows up to four learners to connect to each other through their mobile devices and learn together in a face-to-face setting. An initial evaluation in this field of research indicates the usefulness of such activities and how they uniquely motivate children to learn. It can be summarized that the connection of mobile devices is an important step towards the future of face-to-face classroom learning.

[Link to full chapter @ Springer]

[Link to Draft version @ ResearchGate]

Reference: Ebner, M., Schön, S., Khalil, H., Zuliani, B. (2016) Cooperative Face-to- Face Learning with Connected Mobile Devices: The Future of Classroom Learning? In: Mobile, Ubiquitous, and Pervasive Learning Fundaments, Applications, and Trends, Edition: 1st, Publisher: Springer, Editors: Alejandro Peña-Ayala, pp.121-138. Draft:

Published: A MOOC on Open Educational Resources as an Open Educational Resource: COER13

Our chapter on „A MOOC on Open Educational Resources as an Open Educational Resource: COER13“ as part of the MOOC Case Book has been published now.

In this book chapter we describe and analyze the case of COER13 (, a community-oriented cMOOC titled ‘Online Course on Open Educational Resources’ that was run as an Austrian-German joint venture in 2013. All but one of the authors of this chapter were convenors of the course. COER13 was deliberately designed and implemented to promote the OER cause. The overall aim was to generate a comprehensive OER on the topic of OER with the course itself, using a cMOOC format to possibly reach a large audience. As a consequence all materials were openly licensed and the course design was oriented towards the production of OER on various levels. With this particular focus the case of COER13 addresses the ethical dimension of Khan’s (2006) e-learning framework, which involves viewing and evaluating e-learning with a socio-political lens, e.g. analyzing in what ways e-learning tackles urgent social challenges such as access to education for all or bridging the digital divide. Within the ethical dimension, issues of copyright and other legal issues are explicitly addressed. Hence the case presented here, with its close link to open education and alternative licensing schemes, exemplifies the challenges that have to be met when developing e-learning from an ethical perspective, striving for greater equity of access to education.

[Draft article @ ResearchGate]

[Order Book]


  • Arnold, P., Kumar, S. Schön, S. Ebner, M., & Thillosen, A. (2015). A MOOC on Open Educational Resources as an Open Educational Resource: COER13. In: Corbeil, J.R., Corbeil, M.E., Khan, B. H. (Eds.): The MOOC Case Book: Case Studies in MOOC Design, Development and Implementation. NY: Linus Learning, pp. 247-258

Published: Print your Personal Book – A New Service and Revenue Model for Open Access Journals

Our publication about „Print your Personal Book – A New Service and Revenue Model for Open Access Journals“ as part of the Media Convergence Handbook got published now. Mainly we described our developled plugin to individualize printing books with the help of Open Journals Systems.


Open access journals have developed new business processes and reve- nue models. Within our contribution we will describe and discuss a new service and revenue model for open access journals: the personal book printing service for the Open Journal System (OJS). To start with, we will give a short introduction to open access journals and their revenue models, new print-on-demand services, and the most often used open journal system. Building upon this state of the art, we will describe the technical prototype of our new “personal book printing service” for OJS and discuss our first experiences.

[Draft version at ResearchGate]

[Full article at Springer]

Reference: Ebner, M., Schön, S. & Alimucaj, A. (2016) Print your Personal Book – A New Service and Revenue Model for Open Access Journals. In: Media Convergence Handbook Vol. 1, pp. 171-185. Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Erstaunen in UK: … ein Staatspreis für Erwachsenebildung mit einem MOOC?

John Field, der britische „Learning Professor“ hat erstaunt zur Kennnis genommen, welch hohe Wertschätzung „Gratis Online Lernen“ mit der Verleihung des Österreichischen Staatspreis für Erwachsenenbildung erhält.


Er schreibt in seinem Blog dazu:

In the field of adult learning, there is every possibility that MOOCs will thrive while organised face-to-face provision nose-dives. It doesn’t take much imagination to conceive of a policy maker or two who asks why the state is funding courses in adult education centres when tens of thousands can follow a MOOC much more cheaply.

But MOOCs and publicly funded adult education can rub along quite nicely. That’s the message I take, at any rate, from hearing that this year’s National Adult Education Prize in Austria was awarded to a MOOC called ‘Gratis Online Lernen’ (‘Learning Online for Free’).Its aim was to offer an introduction to online learning for people who have only mastered the basics of using the internet.

Taken by 1,500 people the first time it was offered, the MOOC was developed jointly by researchers in e-learning and worker education working in collaboration with the Austrian Adult Education Association and over 40 different providers.

The prize was duly handed over by Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, a Minister in the current government. That’s nice. Our ministers, sadly, are more likely to sneer at adults who need an introduction to using the internet. But we do have plenty of experience of celebrating adult learners and providers, and we should be happy to welcome the creators of MOOCs to our ranks.

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