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Open Projects

J.UCS: The Journal of Universal Computer Science
J.UCS - the Journal of Universal Computer Science - is an electronic journal that is the prototype for electronic publishing in the future. Using Hyper-G for distribution it provides all search and navigation mechanisms of large scale hypermedia systems and therefore makes it easy to locate interesting articles. Readers can perform variable scope searches to find papers, then they can browse them on screen either in hypertext mode or in high quality PostScript mode, or they can get high quality PostScript documents for printing. Even PostScript documents provide full hyperlink support when reading them on screen. Articles in J.UCS can be accessed very fast using a wide net of servers distributed all over the world. J.UCS also supports annotations to existing articles informing the readers of new research results or errors. Writing articles for J.UCS is very easy using PostScript as the main submission format, even standard hyperlinks such as literature references are generated automatically.
Staff member
Project Leader
cand.mag. Dana Kaiser
Funding sources
  • Springer Verlag GmbH
External Partners
  • KNOW-CENTER GmbH - Research Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Institut für Hyper-Media-Systeme
Research areas
Start: 01.01.1995
WBT-Master
The IICM provided the software (WBT-Master) for the e-Learning enviroment of the TUG - TeachCenter (including implementation, administration and servicing). Further - upon request - new features and applications will be developed and implemented.
Staff member
Contact
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Nikolai Scerbakov
Participant / Staff Member
Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Denis Helic
Olga Karpovych
Research areas
Start: 01.06.2006
Education-STELA - Successful Transition from secondary to higher education using Learning Analytics
The main goal of the project is to enhance a successful transition from secondary to higher education by means of learning analytics. To this end the project will develop, test, and assess a learning analytics approach that focuses on providing formative and summative feedback to students in the transition. On top of the development of a student dashboard, the project will develop dashboards for the student counsellors and teachers, hereby disclosing a vast amount of information that can be used to improve counselling and teaching practices. To realize this ambitious goal the project gathers a multidisciplinary team of learning analytics researchers, educational technology experts, experts in the transition from secondary to higher education, and practitioners. Thanks to this multidisciplinary team, the project will tackle all the different steps required for the application of learning analytics: data collection, data analysis, data visualization, dashboard design, dashboard development, and last but not least the actual implementation and thorough evaluation of the learning analytics approach. By applying the developed learning analytics approach to diverse educational contexts in a variety of case studies (different countries, different admission policies, different faculties), the clear potential for mainstreaming and for extension to other fields than the transition is shown. Since the developed software and tools will be distributed under an open-source license, this potential is even further increased. Finally, the project will provide an in-depth review of the different steps needed to use learning analytics in the transition from secondary to higher education. This review is translated to concrete policy recommendations concerning the use of learning analytics to raise the quality in education.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • European Commission - Europäische Kommission, EU
External Partners
  • SEFI - European Society for Engineering Education
  • KU Leuven
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Microelektronica en Computer Engineering
  • Nottingham Trent University, NTU
Research areas
Start: 01.11.2015
End: 31.10.2018
DIGI4PRODUCTION - Implementation of digiitisation trends for Smart Production of small and medium sized enterprises
DIGI4PRODUCTION is dedicated to the topic "Impact of Digitalization Technologies and Innovative Trends on the Intelligent Production of the Future".
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH , FFG
Research areas
Start: 01.09.2017
End: 28.02.2018
FWF - Echo-Kammern - Facing the Threats of Virtual Echo Chambers in Schools!
Constructively dealing with societal problems requires a process of opinion formation, which is preceded by a critical search of information from different perspectives and an evaluation thereof. It is thus with concern that we observe communicative processes in social media, which co-determine the current discourse on education policy under the notion of virtual echo chambers: user behavior in Facebook, WhatsApp and Co appears to be affected by a strong tendency or inertia of drawing virtual circles around like-minded people and to cut oneself off from alternative viewpoints. Due to this development and our concerns about the public as a hub of different perspectives, the Austrian Ministry of Education e.g. considers introducing a specific subject on the acquisition of digital competences. The present Top Citizen Science (TCS) initiative takes up this consideration and aims at developing a training of pertinent competences and a design of supportive technologies in a transdisciplinary cooperation between school and university, i.e., through a combination of practical knowledge of teachers and a scientific knowledge, in particular of computer scientists and cognitive psychologists. The focus is on the acquisition of competences that enable students to (i) become aware of causes and consequences of an echo chamber and (ii) face them by means of a critical-reflective search for information. The scientific starting point of this TCS initiative is the currently running FWF project OMFix (Overcoming Mental Fixation, P27709; https://omfix.wordpress.com). It deals with memory-psychological causes of mental fixation in social Web environments and develops an innovative logic of mentally stimulating information services. The TCS-based extension by the expertise of educators in teaching and training critical thinking and search will allow us to apply, deepen and implement insights gained in OMFix to the conceptualization of interdisciplinary training measures in the context of collaborative and inquiry-based learning. Methodologically, the approach is complementary to the experimental-quantitative approach of P27709: In the course of several workshops at schools, hands-on exercises on Web-based search and social interaction will take place. Qualitative analyses of observational protocols will then serve to identify difficulties and to discuss them with teachers and students in focus groups.
Staff member
Funding sources
  • Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, FWF
External Partners
  • Höhere Lehranstalt f Land- u Ernährungswirtschaft d Schulvereins d Schulschwestern
  • Tallinna Ülikool
Research areas
Start: 01.10.2017
End: 30.04.2018
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