«Online fieldwork: Opportunities for fieldwork at a distance»

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Trevor Collins

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A positive outcome from the coronavirus pandemic has been a renewed interest in and acceptance of e-learning. Not by choice, but through necessity, educators have adopted online forms of teaching and learning to complete ongoing courses. Field-based disciplines have been transformed during the pandemic as field courses have been replaced by virtual, online, or alternate forms of provision. As we return to the field, this presentation will discuss what forms of online or blended approaches to fieldwork might be sustained, and the opportunities these provide for flexible and inclusive learning.

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Trevor Collins

 

 

Dr Trevor Collins is a Senior Research Fellow in Technology-Enhanced Learning at The Open University, United Kingdom. Where he is the Deputy Director of the eSTEeM Centre for STEM Pedagogy and a Co-Director of the Children’s Research Centre. He has a background in Computer Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction, and his research explores sociotechnical approaches to developing educational technology that support social learning and inclusive teaching. He is particularly interested in the use of technology to encourage online collaboration and discussion.

«OpenLabs in Higher Education»

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Gustavo Alves

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The  recent  confinement  measures,  taken  in  the  scope  of  the  COVID-­‐19  pandemic,  led  to  an   unprecedent   transformation   in   Higher   Education. Almost   all   classes   moved   from   the   traditional   face2face   classroom   to   virtual   classrooms   supported   by   videoconference   platforms  like  Zoom  Colibri,  CISCO  Webex,  or  Microsoft  Teams,  among  others.  Institutions  of   Higher  Education  already  faced  a  previous  (and  similar)  transformation  when  moving  many   educational  contents  and  activities  to  online  platforms  like  Moodle,  or  Blackboard,  among   other  Learning  Management  Systems  (LMS).  The  last  frontier  seems  to  be  moving  online  the   many  labs  that  are  used  in  Higher  Education,  particularly  in  STEM  areas.  This  keynote  will   present  the  case  of  opening  instructional  labs,  in  Institutions  of  Higher  Education,  by  making   them  remotely  accessible  through  the  Internet.

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Gustavo Alves

 

Gustavo  R.  Alves  graduated  in  1991  and  obtained  an  MSc  and  a  PhD  degree  in  Computers  and   Electrical  Engineering  in  1995  and  1999,  respectively,  from  the  University  of  Porto,  Portugal.   He  is  a  professor  at  the  Polytechnic  of  Porto  -­‐  School  of  Engineering,  since  1994.  He  has  authored  or  co-­‐authored  +250  publications,  including  book  chapters,  and  conference  and   journal  papers  with  a  referee  process.  He  has  served  as  guest  editor  for  several  journals,   including   the   international   Journal   of   Online   Engineering   (iJOE),   the   European   Journal   of   Engineering  Education  (EJEE),  and  Computers  in  Human  Behavior  (CHB),  among  others.  He   currently  serves  as  an  Associated  Editor  for  the  IEEE  Transactions  on  Learning  Technologies   and   the   IEEE   Journal   of   Latin-­‐American   Learning   Technologies.   Dr.   Alves   is   the   present   President   of   the  Portuguese   Society   for   Engineering   Education   and   Vice-­‐President   of   the   International  Association  of  Online  Engineering  (GOLC).   

 

 

 

«How Learning Analytics Can Inform E-Learning in the New Normal»

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24-09-2020

Speaker

Alyssa Wise

Abstract

Learning Analytics leverages new forms of data and data science methods to help us better understand and improve how we engage in teaching and learning. As we enter the new normal landscape of remote, blended and hybrid instruction, the attraction of data-informed decision-making to inform e-learning is high. But what kinds of things can (and can't) easily available data tell us about what is going on online? What insights can investment in more sophisticated analytics produce? Equally importantly: How can we (instructors, students, advisors, administrators) use this kind of information to make better choices in how we go about teaching and learning? What considerations need to be taken into account at an institutional level in order for such efforts to be successful? Drawing on the rich ecosystem of learning analytics we have built over the last five years at NYU, I will address this collection of questions as a starting point for teachers, learners, leaders and all members of the university community to consider the ways that analytics can be of value to them as they engage with e-learning in the new normal.

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Alyssa Wise

 

 

Dr. Alyssa Wise is Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Educational Technology at New York University and the Director of NYU-LEARN, NYU's pioneering university-wide Learning Analytics Research Network. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and an M.S. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University. Dr. Wise’s research focuses on the design of learning analytics systems that are theoretically grounded, computationally robust, and pedagogically useful for informing teaching and learning. Her most recent work has focused on analytics of collaboration, reflection, and math learning and how people take up analytics as part of their educational practices. Dr. Wise serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Learning Analytics, is a Co-Editor of the Handbook of Learning Analytics, and has produced many high-impact publications on the identification and application of useful traces of learning to inform educational decision-making.

«Educational Innovation in Dutch Higher Education»

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Marcus Specht

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Educational Innovation in Higher Education is a fast moving and through the Covid-19 Pandemic even faster changing field. The talk will give an overview of the educational innovation eco-system the ongoing activities in the national acceleration program and discuss on the role of research on ICT and data supported educational innovation.

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Marcus Specht

 

Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht is Professor for Digital Education at the Technical University of Delft and Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Education and Learning. He received his Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. From 2001 he headed the department "Mobile Knowledge" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT). From 2005 to 2018 he was Professor for Learning Technologies at the Open Universiteit Nederland and head of the Learning Innovation Lab. His research focus is on Computational Thinking, Learning Analytics, AI in Education, and Virtual and Augmented Reality for Education. Prof. Specht is an Apple Distinguished Educator and was President (2013-2015) of the International Association of Mobile Learning.

 

 

«ACM-IEEE Computing Curricula 2020: A Closer Look»

Date

23-09-2020

Speaker

David López Álvarez

Abstract

The 2020 Computer Curriculum will be published before the end of the year. This report will be a reference for the Computing undergraduate programs in many universities around the world. A first draft was released a few months ago, with the intention of receiving feedback from the community. The presenter is a member of the CC2020 Task Force. The idea of the presentation is to explain some details of the report, the responses received and clarify some concepts about it.

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David López Álvarez

 

Dr. David López has a master’s degree (1991) and a PhD (1998) in Computer Science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC). He has taught at the Department of Computer Architecture at the UPC since 1991, becoming associate professor in 2001. His PhD thesis was on the design of architectures and compilers to optimize numerical code. In 2004 he decided to change his main research field to engineering education and the relationship between engineering; sustainability and ethics. He has published more than 120 scientific papers.

Dr López has been the director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the UPC (2015-2019), of which he was formerly deputy director. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Spanish Association of University Informatics Teachers (AENUI), and the Government Board of the Spanish Informatics Scientific Society (SCIE). He has given more than 40 workshops and over 100 talks on computing and sustainability, professional engineering skills and communication for engineers. 

 

He is one of the founders, former president and current vice-president of TxT (Technology for Everybody), an NGO composed mainly of people from the Barcelona School of Informatics. He has earned several awards, including the 2020 AENUI award for teaching quality and innovation.