e-Poster sessions


Courses for nothing and your certificates for free – The educational fallout of MOOCs

Martin Vögeli, HWZ

Let’s exchange first-hand experience with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) [1]. The presenter has attended several courses (e.g. creativity, Internet history and python) and will discuss organisational aspects, content, instructional design as well as technologies.

SIG Science 2.0 – Science evolution on the way

Ricarda T. D. Reimer, PH-FHNW

The SIG Science 2.0 would like to inform about the activities planned for 2013 and is interested in discussing future topics with the eduhub community. Our aim is to define the main topics concerning Science 2.0 together with you and to find out specific wishes and needs of the community. The e-poster offers a great possibility for the SIG to start this dialogue with the eduhub community. It is obvious, that the ways of communication within the scientific context have changed in the last years. This can be noticed in the way researches connect online in research networks and the way online presence can guide the processes of scientific work. Tools that should aid these processes exist but it is hard to find a place for a discourse in science or an international community that deals with the implications and consequences. The SIG contributes to the development of this field with its blog science-evolution.ch, events and other contributions to erase these gaps. The conversation with the eduhub community during this process is very important for us.

ETH EduApp – A mobile application for studies and teaching at the ETH Zurich

Andreas Reinhardt, ETHZ

The ETH EduApp is a combination of mobile application and web application which was launched in September 2012 at the ETH Zurich. It is simultaneously an aid to students in their everyday university lives and a tool for interactivity during courses. In the poster session we share our thoughts on mobile educational applications, provide a live demonstration, and report on how EduApp is used at ETHZ.

MOCLog: Monitoring online courses with log data

Stefano Tardini, USI

In the context of the SWITCH-AAA funded MOCLog project we developed a tool for the analysis and presentation of log data on a Moodle server. The idea of MOCLog is to combine in a useful tool a didactical theory with users’ data and to serve the needs of four groups of stakeholders: students, teachers, study programme managers and administrators. The approach that we followed with MOCLog is the analysis of learning activities in online-courses from a didactical point of view. Starting from this analysis, we specified a design that allows realising them within the context of Moodle, either by reusing components available from the GISMO system, or by implementing new ones. The MOCLog system is now available for deployment and exploitation in academic institutions.

SWITCHtoolbox – How you collaborate today

Renato Furter, SWITCH

All the greatest and latest news around SWITCHtoolbox and the tools. Basic explanation for rookies:

  • What is SWITCHtoolbox
  • Who should use SWITCHtoolbox
  • What can you do with it

And deeper inside information experts:

  • New tools
  • Roadmap
  • And much more

SWITCHcollection – Recollect the future

Christian Rohrer, SWITCH

SWITCHcollection was started as a service demanded by the community to publish, exchange and reuse learning material.

Despite some initial interest, we never really managed to build a community around it, and it soon became nothing more than the search interface for videos from SWITCHcast. We are still confident that our platform and architecture have potential, as we see what institutions in and outside of Switzerland are doing with similar setups. That’s why we are currently evaluating different options to reposition and relaunch the SWITCHcollection service. Come and see what we have in mind for the future, and hopefully you recollect one or two use cases where you could use the new and improved SWITCHcollection yourself.

Skill Profiler – Competence management of soft skills

Riccardo Mazza, USI/SUPSI; Alexander Salvisberg, UZH

The Skill Profiler is a tool that supports students’ competence management at individual level by permitting to capture, compare and visualise soft skills, and to link them with the job market. The Skill Profiler allows students to assess their personal soft skills in a simple manner, and provides a set of graphical representations of the profile that allows students to compare their profile with the evaluation of their peers and to the soft skills requirements of the job market, find out what job areas fit best, and identify what skills should be further developed if they want to work in a specific job area. At the electronic poster session we’ll be presenting the concept of the tool and a running live demo that can be used by attendees to create their profiles.

Mobile-Uni App

Anna Picco-Schwendener, USI; Thomas Sammer, UNISG

We will demonstrate three university apps that have been developed during the project Mobile-Uni App. They all aim at facilitating students’ life within university. The first is a web-based app including features like people directory, news, uni-map, mensa menu and event calendar and more sophisticated features like library interface and personal timetables.

Furthermore, two native-apps have been developed: one replicating the features of the web-based app and one offering access to the e-learning platform Moodle. Students can visualise their course list, course contents, forums and assignments. To allow student authentication, it was necessary to implement AAI/Shibboleth authentication for native apps.

The new Safe Exam Browser 2.0 enables BYOD for exams

Daniel Schneider, ETHZ

Safe Exam Browser (SEB) is being used regularly since 2008 for securing online exams at ETH Zurich and other higher education institutions worldwide. The upcoming version 2.0 will significantly increase security and minimise administrative effort by using a new mechanism for remote configuration of SEB. An encrypted file with Safe Exam Browser’s own file type ".seb" with all configuration settings can be created while preparing an exam. Calling up this configuration file starts SEB automatically with the corresponding settings.

We will demonstrate this new functionality, which allows using SEB securely on students’ own laptops and discuss more upcoming features.

E-portfolio sustainability within Swiss Higher Education Institutions

Patrick Roth, Laurent Opprecht, Johann Lüthi, UNIGE

Ensuring sustainability of each student’s e-portfolio is key for ensuring a successful implementation of this kind of tool in the Swiss HEI landscape. To address this sustainability issue, we propose a national-level solution based on: (1) a portable e-portfolio standard format (LEAP2A) and (2) a platform assuring long-term storage of e-portfolio. The solution and its associated underlying issues will be clarified during this poster presentation.

Distributed classroom – Concepts and first experiences

Bruno Wenk, HTW Chur

The "distributed classroom" signifies face-to-face teaching in classes (with typically 12 to 30 students), where the teaching person and the majority of the students are present in the classroom and the remaining students attend the class using their PCs, laptops and an internet connection.

The documentation of the SWITCH-AAA funded project "Didactics and technology for the distributed classroom" presents the didactical and technical foundations of the distributed classroom, compares the preparation and implementation of selected didactical scenarios in the conventional and the distributed classroom, and describes different options for the required technical equipment (including a short comparison of the web conferencing systems Adobe Connect to the open source software BigBlueButton).

The documentation is available on SWITCHtoolbox (toolbox.switch.ch/distributedclassroom) to anyone interested in the topic. It has the form of a wiki. Comments and contributions are highly desirable.