Welcome, #OER at #HEI, #fnma & #tugraz!

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.

2. Furthermore, I started, also part-time, at the Graz University of Technology and support the team of Martin Ebner and „Educational Technology“ in research and publications. What was previously a wild cooperation has now become formal 😀

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 🙂

Keynote: Lernraum Makerspace – Chance und Herausforderung für Schulen

Am 31. März hätte der RFDZ Informatik Fachtag in der Steiermark eigentlich als reale Veranstaltung stattfinden sollen. Nun wurde auch hier umgestellt auf eine Online-Veranstaltung und ich freue mich, dort die Keynotes vortragen zu dürfen. Herzlichen Dank für die (wiederholte!) Einladung!

URL: https://www.slideshare.net/sandra_slideshare/lernraum-makerspace-chancen-und-herausforderungen-fr-schulen

Schön, Sandra (2020). Lernraum Makerspace – Chancen und Herausforderungen für Schulen. Online-Keynote auf dem RFDZ Informatik Fachtag der Steiermark, 31. März 2020

Servus, #salzburgresearch! Danke für die Blumen …

Also Abschied nehmen hat auch etwas Gutes: Man bekommt unglaublich viele nette Nachrichten. Danke, ihr lieben Kolleginnen und Kollegen bei der Salzburg Research, ich freu mich schon auf das nächste öffentliche Event und einen Besuch bei uns Euch!

„Ich finde es sehr schade, dass du jetzt nicht mehr Teil des Teams bist. Deine Energie und dein innovativer Blick nach vorne waren nach meiner Wahrnehmung beispiellos! Mit dir geht auf jeden Fall ein Unikat verloren!“

„Es war immer mit viel Freude verbunden, mit dir zu arbeiten. (…) Schade, dass du uns verlässt.“

„Danke für die angenehme Zusammenarbeit die wir hatten. Ich wünsche dir alles Gute für deinen weiteren Weg!

„Ich wünsche dir viel Freude und Erfolg im beruflichen Umfeld und weiterhin soviel Kreativität.“

„Danke für die vielen tollen und spannenden Jahre der Zusammenarbeit!“

Thanks, dear #DOITEurope partners and people!

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

A farewell: Goodbye, @salzburgresearch, @DOIT_Europe_Net!

(c) Salzburg Research, March 2020.

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!

[publication] Designing a Makerspace for Children – Let’s Do It #makereducation #research

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.
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 –>

Presentation at ERCEA: Entrepreneurial skills for young social innovators from 6 to 16 years

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.

Keynote: Making in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit

Ich darf heute beim Netzwerktreffen der Initiative „Ich kann was!“ der Deutschen Telekom Stiftung eine Einführung in das Making mit Kindern geben und hoffe, damit viele zu begeistern – und andere, die schon dabei sind, noch mehr Futter und Argumente zu geben, dass das, was sie da tun wichtig und richtig ist. Hier die Vortragsfolien zum mit- und nachlesen:

  • Sandra Schön (2020). Making in der Kinder- und Jugendarbeit – Herausforderungen und Chancen. Keynote für „Make it happen! – Digitale Ermöglichungsräume in der offenen Kinder- und Jugendarbeit“, Netzwerktagung „Ich kann was!“ 2020, 24. Januar 2020 in Bonn.

[publication] More Than a MOOC—Seven Learning and Teaching Scenarios to Use MOOCs in Higher Education and Beyond #mooc #imoox

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.

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.

Abstract of the publication

[article @ publisher’s homepage]
[draft @ ResearchGate]

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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Publication: „Seven teaching and learning scenarios with MOOCs“

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):

[Download folder (english) (.pdf)] [Download folder (german) (.pdf)]