10th eduhub days, 18 years Swiss Virtual Campus - looking back and looking forward

The slides from the ETWG welcome address to the 10th eduhub days, the annual meeting of the Swiss academic e-learning community. How did technology change teaching and studying in higher education over the past 10 years. It raises questions that will concern the community in the coming 10 years.

EC-TEL 2018 Conference in Leeds

3-6 September 2018 at University of Leeds, UK.

This week the EC-TEL 2018 has officially released the full call for papers. The EC-TEL is co-located with the Medical Education Informatics (MEI2018) conference. Therefore, EC-TEL has a special track on medical and healthcare education and its technological applications alongside the long list of topics related to Lifelong technology enhanced learning and dealing with the complexity of 21st century education.

Check out full call for papers for all the details.

EC-TEL has four main parts with different submission deadlines:

  • Main conference (Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 April 2018)
  • Pre- and Post-conference Specialized Workshop proposals (Deadline: 8 April 2018)
  • The industry track (Pitch deadline: 15 April 2018)
  • The EC-TEL Doctoral Consortium (Submission Deadline: 22 May 2018)

Being one of the main research conferences in the domain of technology-enhanced learning in Europe, EC-TEL is an excellent opportunity for catching up with the latest result of Europe's top research groups in this field.

Traditionally, the EC-TEL conference provides the opportunity for international research projects to arrange meetings alongside the conference. Note the deadline for meeting reservations: 24 June 2018.

On mobile learning in (Swiss) higher education

During the eduhub days in Luzern I had a workshop to introduce the eduhub SIG Mobile Learning with the great help of Marion. Of course, I gave a little outlook on our past activities, but I found that the workshop participants should better relate themselves to the activities of the special interest group and find out how they might contribute to the work of the SIG. Therefore, I asked the three main questions that drive our little sub-community and let the participants come up with their own ideas and responses. The discussions during the workshop were very fruitful and shed a light at the current state and challenges of mobile learning in Swiss higher education.

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Augmented Learning for the Digital Campus

Blended learning is insufficient concept for grasping the digital transformation in higher education institutions. This presentation gives a national perspective for Switzerland and an organisational perspective for measuring the transformation at the HTW Chur. It was presented at 27. Oct. 2017 in Bern at the swissuniversities "Tag der Lehre".

Blended Learning konkretisieren

Kurzeinführung zur praktischen Konzeption von Blended Learning Angeboten mit dem Churer Modell. Am Blended Learning Canvas werden die didaktischen Gestaltungsprinzipien für Blended Learning Angebote erklärt. Diese Präsentation ist Teil des Weiterbildungsangebots für Dozierende an der HTW Chur.

Blended Learning mit Moodle

Eine Kurzeinführung in das Churer Modell für Blended Learning mit Inspirationen für die Umsetzung mit Moodle. Diese Präsentation wurde am 10.08.2017 an der SSTH in Passugg im Rahmen einer Dozierendenkonferenz vorgestellt.

Learning Design with Context in Mind

I went through my draft blog entries and I found this one from 2013. It was supposed to accompany my chapter in Ally & Tsinakos' Book on Mobile Learning. Recently, Marion and I worked on a different book chapter, in which we built on the same concepts. This post discusses why I found it necessary to extend Engestöm's Activity Theory model and what insights on learning design re-arranging the activity components yielded.

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edu-ID Mobile App for Smart Environments

This presentation provides a brief community update on the status of the Swiss edu-ID Mobile App project at the 2017 SWITCH edu-ID information workshop on 29. June 2017 at University of Berne.

It presents the use cases directly covered by the project as well as the reference architecture. It provides a bunch of links to the different resources related to the project.

Is Blended Learning Outdated?

Last weekend, I came across a tweet from Marco Kalz. It criticises blended learning as a framework.
I found it interesting that he coined blended learning as an outdated framework. Later into the conversation, Marco hinted his preference towards "ecology of resources". I am unsure, whether this does a better job than blended learning, but it shares elements that Marion and I have discussed recently in the context of "mobile blended learning".
This post includes a few thoughts on the different interpretations of blended learning, that Marion and I initially included in a chapter on Mobile Blended Learning to an upcoming book by Claudia de Witt and Christina Gloerfeld. Our work yielded many interesting thoughts and conceptualisations on operationalising blended learning for learning designs that did not make it into the final manuscript.

Micro Learning in the Workplace and How to Avoid Getting Fooled by Micro Instructionists

2017 is the year of micro learning. It took 14 years since our initial work in 2003 until the concept hit mainstream. During the first half of this year, I have read several blog posts and tweets since the start of this your and one thing struck me: The focus on learning resources and chunking them into digestible sizes. It appears that video is the big thing in micro learning these days, while it is not.
This post is a response to Mirjam Neelen and Paul Kirschner's post that comes with a lot of references but leaves out the most important aspects of micro learning and argues that micro learning is a meaningless concept. One thing that the authors got wrong is the honorary reference to micro instruction from the 70's. Back then it was called micro teaching and not micro learning for a reason. Mainly, micro teaching is about presenting the teachers ideas and concepts and not about the student's learning and performance. More importantly, micro learning is not content-centric just-in-time learning, as the article (like many others) puts it.

We are hiring - Neue Stellen an der HTW Chur

My team at the Blended Learning Center is growing again. I am looking for talent for a educational technologist position that aims at supporting us in our Universities' digitalization strategy. The work will primarily be located boundary between mobile and online learning experiences, learning analytics and process orchestration as well as personalisation and contextualization in order to shape a smart learning environment. The position requires programming and will be in Chur, Switzerland. A successfull candidate will work closely with our System Maintainer and UX Designer in Chur as well with our partners in the Swiss academic community. German and English language skills are required as are programming skills in at least JavaScript. The position is set as a junior researcher, so we plan a structured academic career development and we expect the willingness to learn and to research.

There is an English advert on Euraxess.

Mein Team am Blended Learning Center wächst wieder. Ich suche nach einem Talent für eine Lerntechnologenposition, die unsere Hochschule bei unserer Digitalisierungsstrategie unterstützt. Die Arbeit ist im Spannungsfeld zwischen mobilen und online Lernerlebnissen, Learning Analytics und Prozessautomatisierung sowie Personalisierung und Kontextualisierung verortet und zielt auf die Gestaltung eines Smart Learning Environments. Für die Stelle werden Programmierkenntnisse auf der Höhe eines Informatikstudiums erwartet und der Arbeitsort ist in Chur. Erfolgreiche Kanditaten werden mit unserem Systemadministrator und unserer UX Gestalterin genauso zusammenarbeiten wie mit unseren Partnern in der Schweizer Hochschullandschaft. Neben soliden praktischen Programmierkenntnissen sind guter Ausdruck auf Deutsch und Englisch sind erforderliche Voraussetzungen. Die Stelle ist als Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/in eingestuft, daher planen wir eine strukturierte akademische Entwicklung und wir erwarten eine grosse Bereitschaft zum Lernen und Forschen.

Zur Ausschreibung führt dieser Link

EduID Mobile App - Use-Cases, Concepts and Implementation

This presentation describes the token-agent implementation for openID Connect for authenticating native mobile apps provided by third parties. It presents a standards-based working solution for integrating loosely coupled native apps into a trust federation using. This allows for deeper integrated authentication services on Android and iOS without violating app-store policies.

This presentation has been part of the EduID Mobile App workshop at SWITCH on 25 Apr. 2017.

Thanks to Christoph Graf (SWITCH), Riccardo Mazza (USI), Michael Hausherr (FHNW), Goran Josic (USI), and Yann Cuttaz (USI).

Formative Assessment using the Mobler App

This presentation shares some experiences from 4 pilots of using the Mobler App at University of Zurich and at HTW Chur. These slides were presented together with Marion Gruber as show-and-tell at the eduhub days 2017 in Lugano, Switzerland.

Bridging XAPI into Higher Education: Learning Analytics, Ownership, and Privacy

This presentation targets privacy aspects organisations need to understand and to consider for implementing XAPI and related learning analytics in complex and heterogeneous learning environments.

Hybrid Learning Model in German

Marion Gruber and myself have translated and extended the Hybrid Learning Model (HLM) to German. We extended the model for making it easier for educators to use the HLM for designing and communicating blended learning concepts.

You can find the German Version of the HLM Poster and a very brief introduction on the BLC Blog. Check it out, its Creative Commons.

Tackling Privacy in XAPI at the OEB Berlin

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On 2 December 2016 I will speak at the Online Educa about getting around privacy, ownership of learning, and interoperability issues of learning analytics. It covers parts of the lessons learnt from my work on bringing XAPI into organisational operations.

Mobile Blended Learning

These slides were presented on 13. Oct. 2016 at the BFH in Bern, Switzerland. The slides cover practical approaches to blended learning in higher education.

Bootstrapping for Blended Learning

Introductory slides on which elements to focus when preparing for blended learning. This slidedeck has been used as a teaser for the CTI Train the Trainer workshop series.

Engage those Pokémon Go players at your doorstep

A few weeks ago - in the middle of the summer break we saw very unusual activity at the HTW Chur campus. Suddenly, young people were showing up on campus, being suspiciously engaged in some kind of activity involving their smart phones. Some could be our students, while others were clearly too young - but again it was summer break and ordinary students avoid us during that time of the year. Quickly, it became clear that these people were Pokémon Go players.

In a way, we were exited that this was happening, because Pokémon Go unites several of the topics in our curriculum. So we thought: “if these people are already here, why not engage them in some science communication/study promotion”. We have plenty of printed and online material that present what we are doing. On the other hand, this material seemed awkward for giving out to players because it is entirely unrelated the reason why these players visited us. Also we did not want to disturb our core community if we start flooding our communication channels with something they are not interested in or possibly dislike (our traditional community responds very sensible in unpredictable ways). So we were looking for something that allows engaging players while leaving our existing community unaffected.

Read on to find out what we did and what we learned.

Mobile Identities with the EduId Mobile App

Mobile Identity Management becomes increasingly relevant for organisations. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and a great diversity of native mobile apps ask universities for new ways of identity management. The Swiss EduID Mobile App project develops a solution for embracing the diversity of mobile applications and integrate them into the academic service portfolio. This presentation provides a first insight into the challenges and the technical approach we chose for linking mobile apps for students (and lecturers) with distributed academic services of the Swiss academic federation.