Keynotes at HDI/WiPCSE and Koli Calling
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abstract Marian Petre presented two keynotes recently, at HDI 2012, Hochschuldidaktik der Informatik (Hamburg, Germany), and at Koli Calling (Tahko, Finland).
Date 2012-11-20T00:00:00.000Z
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Description <p>Marian Petre presented two keynotes recently: The first keynote was in Hamburg, at HDI 2012: Hochschuldidaktik der Informatik, a German conference on university teaching of Computer Science, with a theme this year of 'CS for a sustainable future', and the co-located WiPSCE, the 7th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education. Marian represented the department (with help from the TU100 team) by presenting the pedagogy underpinning TU100.</p><p>The second keynote was presented to the 12th Koli Calling conference on CS Education Research, in Tahko, Finland. Her talk there concerned MOOCs. Both WiPSCE and Koli Calling are in cooperation with ACM-SIGCSE. Titles and abstracts are given below. Marian was invited to join the Koli Calling programme committee.</p><p><b>'Computing is not a spectator sport: putting the power of ubicomp into students' hands'</b>, HDI 2012, Hochschuldidaktik der Informatik - Hamburg, 6-7 November<br/>The world of computing has changed: it is increasingly ubiquitous. Computers are becoming part of numerous manufactured objects that populate our everyday lives. The digital revolution might still be young, but it has arguably brought about the biggest change in our lifestyles in the last two hundred years. Yet our students still often come to us with a vision of 'computing' limited to working with end-user applications such as Microsoft Office. This is myopic: with the potential to change our world every bit as much as genetic modification and nuclear power, ubicomp will influence all of us. The Open University&amp rsquo;s response is My Digital Life (TU100), an introductory module designed to align students' understanding of the computing discipline with their experience of ubiquitous computing in the world. TU100 introduces the digital revolution meaningfully to novice users, both providing a conceptual foundation and introducing students to the basics of computational thinking and technical skills. This talk will describe some of the principles and concepts we have adopted for this modern computing introduction: focusing on the concepts and consequences of ubiquitous computing; the idea of the'informed digital citizen'; playful pedagogy; engagement through narrative; putting computing power into students' hands; technical skills in social contexts. The talk will both explain how these are embodied in the course, and will describe the research that underpins the principles. TU100 has taken inspiration from childhood learning and commercial product design to produce compelling, yet academically rigorous study materials. The talk will describe the SenseBoard, a programmable device that gives students the capability for engaging readily with ubicomp, and it will describe Sense, an extension of Scratch, which scaffolds programming and reduces the syntax burden.</p><br /><br /><p><b>'MOOCs: Old Snake Oil in New Barrels?'</b>Koli Calling - Finland, 6-18 November<br />What's the difference between a library and a university? Online technologies open great opportunities for (notionally global) dissemination of information. The internet levels the field, giving access to a wealth of resources. Textbooks, recorded lectures, and online course notes have low incremental dissemination cost, which is a principal enabler of the free and low-cost programs. But is that enough? Tutoring and feedback - and the dialogues that nurture critical thinking - are individual and hence labor-intensive, and tend not to feature in mass-market, low-cost programs. Information access may be relatively cheap in this milieu, but high-quality education still requires substantial investment. This talk will discuss the difference between 'education' and 'learning some stuff', in the context of MOOCs and other online educational developments.</p>
Title Keynotes at HDI/WiPCSE and Koli Calling
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