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1 About myself


Daniel K. Schneider was a former associate professor at TECFA, a research and teaching unit in the faculty of psychology and education, University of Geneva. Holding a PhD in political science, he has been working in educational technology since 1988 and participated in various innovative pedagogical and technological projects. He has been a prime mover towards the introduction of creative pedagogical strategies and ICT technologies. His long-term R&D interests focus on modular, flexible and open Internet architectures supporting rich and effective educational designs. His current interests include digital design and fabrication (e.g. 3D printing), collective intelligence, student monitoring/learning process analytics, e-learning competency and learning with technology in informal settings (e.g. citizen science). Within TECFA's "blended" master program in educational technology (MALTT), he taught educational information & communication systems, foundations of educational technology, "making", and research methodology. He retired in July 31 2020, but continues working as a consultant.

I am the initiator and coordinator of this wiki and will continue this work after my retirement (July 2020).

2 Very short resume

  • PhD in political science • June 26 1995
  • Various jobs (assistant, systems engineer, lecturer) • 1978 - 2003
  • Senior lecturer in educational technology • September 2003 - July 2014
  • Associate professor in educational technology • August 2014 - July 2020

3 Getting in touch / other landing pages

  • E-mail: Daniel.Schneider at (E.g. if you have questions about the why and what of this Wiki)
  • My "classic" HTML Home Page (changed about every 10 years)

4 Teaching

5 Writing, talks, plans, supervising

6 Blog

Last 10 posts from Blog:DKS, my not frequently used wikilog:

Upgrades - 2018-09-13
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 13 September 2018 - updated:7 November 2018

We upgraded this wiki to version 1.31 and the server machine to Ubuntu 18 LTS

The upgraded wiki seems to work fine including its most important extensions. Some minor extensions do not work and have been disabled and there may be glitches that we will iron out over time. For example this wikilog extension doesn't work completely. In order to publish an article one has to manually insert a template...

My Mediawiki installation notes have been updated a bit. Sorry, I don't have time for a more professional documentation. Also of some interest: VisualEditor and Mediawiki collection extension installation‎‎. Both do seem to work, globally speaking.

Changes in the search functionality and upgrades in the near future
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 10 July 2018 - updated:10 July 2018

I added an extension to include google search results on top of the normal wiki search results. Let's see if this works better.

I probably will upgrade the wiki around mid-august to version 1.31 That will mean some downtime (on and off during a day or two).

Finally, this summer I also will try to upgrade some of the more "classic" topics in educational technology (I promised to revise the study book on EdTech I made for Hagen University and will use the wiki to collect some information first).

Computerized embroidery in education - Visit our exhibits
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 24 April 2018 - updated:24 April 2018

TECFA exhibits Computerized embroidery in education: 32th Geneva book fair PDF, April 25-29) and Science Night(July 7 and 8).

In this wiki: computerized embroidery

In the french sister wiki: CFAO

Wikispaces is closing
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 26 February 2018 - updated:26 February 2018

Wikispaces is (was) one of the most popular tools for educators and it will shut down over the next months (classrooms will have until July 2018).

This is a sad moment for the world and a good one for me. I always tell people in education to never trust the cloud with long term projects. Learn how to to install and to manage a wiki yourself and it will not go away.

Of course, doing it yourself is costly. It will cost time and some money for a good hosting plan. I prefer that as opposed to selling away my soul and loosing everything at the end. Wikispaces did have a decent policy with respect to advertisements and that is maybe why they cannot raise money for fixing the code to include the mostly useless features that modern websites should have...

vacation time
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 3 August 2017 - updated:3 August 2017

I hope that everyone gets some time for vacation. We do and this is why EduTechWiki was down for a few days (nobody noticed that the boot partition was full...). Sorry

The Practice of Reproducible Research
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 8 May 2017 - updated:8 May 2017

Kitzes, J., Turek, D., & Deniz, F. (Eds.). (2017). The Practice of Reproducible Research: Case Studies and Lessons from the Data-Intensive Sciences. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

This free e-book “contains a collection of 31 case studies of reproducible research workflows, written by academic researchers in the data-intensive sciences. Each case study describes how the author combined specific tools, ideas, and practices in order to complete a real-world research project. Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of how the author organized his or her research to make it as reproducible as possible.”

Quote from the introduction: “A research project is computationally reproducible if a second investigator (including you in the future) can recreate the final reported results of the project, including key quantitative findings, tables, and figures, given only a set of files and written instructions.”

(Open access) journals in educational technology
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 8 June 2016 - updated:19 August 2016 created by R.A. Perkins and P.R Lowenthal currently is the best inventory (in English) of educational technology journals.

Perkins, R. A., & Lowenthal, P. R. (2016). Open access journals in educational technology: Results of a survey of experienced users. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 32(3), 18-37. doi:

More information:

A challenge
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 25 May 2016 - updated:25 May 2016

"Using new digital technology to improve education is not rocket science... it is much, much harder than that” (Diana Laurillard, 2009

Quoted by Mark Brown, The Story of Digital Learning: The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, (slides, retrieved May 25 2016)

2016-02 News
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 19 February 2016 - updated:19 February 2016

After 6 month (or more) of being broken, the wikilog extension works again :)

First of all I wish everyone a happy and productive new 2016 !

Since last summer there are not many interesting changes in this wiki I am afraid (except updates here and there). On the other hand, the french cousin does fairly well thanks to the contributions of our students.

Last semester (from sept 2015 to Jan 2016) I taught my first full class on digital design and fabrication. Students had to create construction kits in one of the three categories construction and design, conceptual manipulation or reality role play (explained in Constructionist learning object), or directly read Zuckerman, Oren (2006), Historical Overview and Classification of Traditional and Digital Learning Objects). The result is here. If you don't speak french, you still can look at pictures and try to find the downloadables. Each project has wiki page for that (follow the links to the left of the pictures).

In the same vein, in December 2015, I got a new Felix Pro 1 3D printer and I am happy with it. 3D printing now is almost easy. It still takes many hours to print anything and print aborts can happen with certain designs and plastics. At least this new machine can automatically calibrate its platform and like its ancestors it's reliable (yes I do recommend it and I believe it to be a better choice than some of these backbreaking models made in the USA liked by the trade mags). Platform calibration is IMHO the biggest stumbling block for novices. It also has a quickly removable platform. That prevents beginners to destroy the printer's geometry when forcibly removing prints without grace and skill.

While Geneva still doesn't have a Fablab (I am talking about a simple makerspace and not the "real thing"), we now got at least a loose 3D printing community, organized by the 3D nursery from our computer science centre. The little French border town St-Julien (15 minutes away from us) is more dynamic:

The citizen cyberlab project is over. In this wiki, it generated two fallouts: Portal: citizen science and Portal: Data mining and learning analytics tools and I will continue working a bit in this area, teach some tools like Pybossa or Epicollect, and interact with my other colleagues involved with our new Citizen Cyberlab.

This year I will work a bit on literacies (digital, cultural and other sorts) and there will be traces in the wiki. I also promised to create a little Mooc on e-learning standards. Not sure that this was a good decision, but I'll try to do it (and find a way to be somewhat creative) ....

CFP - IEEE TLT Special Issue on Wearable Tech and the Internet of Things in Education & Training
— by Daniel K. Schneider (talk) - 18 May 2015 - updated:22 September 2015

From Mark J. W. Lee, Guest Editor, IEEE TLT Special Issue on "Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things in Education and Training":

Manuscript proposals are being solicited for a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (Impact Factor: 1.22) on "Wearable Technologies and the Internet of Things in Education and Training".

The deadline for the submission of proposals (500-word extended abstracts plus 8-10 key references in IEEE format) is June 15, 2015. The authors of shortlisted proposals will have until the end of September to submit their full manuscripts.

The Call for Papers is available at the following URL:

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