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 🙂
After my leave I got so many wonderful messages – I was pretty surprised about so much kindness and farewells. How does this sound?! 🙂
„It’s been a privilege to work with you. DOIT has been the largest consortium I have participated in and also the best managed. There were a lot of good practises that have informed my future work in research project management.“
Some of the messages I took on this collage and if I will take a glimpse on it to comfort myself from time to time 😀 . Thanks <3<3<3
On 31 of March is my last day as an employee of Salzburg Research and I had already my last day as coordinator of the H2020 Initiative 2020 DOIT.
For 13,5 years I worked for Salzburg Research in various projects and positions – as project manager and/or key / senior researcher. I am grateful for this time – I was able to contribute to and shape various challenging research topics over many years – from social media and online communities to makerspaces and open eduational resources. And it was also uncomplicated with three children in my own household – thanks to part-time work and home office arrangements. An academic career at a university with children would probably be unthinkable – thank you, Salzburg Research! A warm goodbye to my dear colleagues – I am sure we will meet again in the future 🙂
Leaving an H2020 project as coordinator 6 months before completion is a challenge for the remaining project management. But the great team will surely succeed. I will think of you – especially on October 21st! Bring the project to a great end!
A change after such a long time is well thought out and I am looking forward to announce in next week where I will be involved in the future – with much enthusiasm and (pre-)joy!
Our contribution to the Edurobotics conference 2018 got published right now. According to the title „Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It“ we described our first Makerdays 2015.
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