«OpenLabs in Higher Education»
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.
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).