1. Keynote Title: Dropout Rates of Regular Courses and MOOCs
    Keynote Lecturer: Leon Rothkrantz
    Presented on: 23/04/2016, Rome, Italy
    Abstract: Recently we observe an enormous grow of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Consortia like edX started by Harvard and MIT stimulated many outstanding Universities to develop their own MOOCs and to join the consortium. At start most MOOCs were developed by gifted teachers and the course was similar to a digital recording of regular classroom lectures. The underlying didactic models were similar to models used in regular classroom lectures. Current xMOOCs are composed of short blocks of video lectures, simulations, movies and assignments with real life problems. Learning analytics research shows that transferred classroom models are not the most optimal instruction models. One of the main differences between MOOCs and regular classroom lectures is that the role of the teacher is minimised. The main role of the teacher is to design the course material, instructional design and transfer of knowledge. But his role as course manager should be implemented in the course material and the interaction teacher and student is minimal. In current cMOOCs students are supposed to cooperate in learning networks. Given the huge amount of participating students real life interaction with teachers or tutors is no longer an option. In most current MOOCs, self-management of students is assumed. Students select their courses, plan their study activity and take initiatives to contact fellow students for joint study activities. There is a focus on 21st century skills such as critical reflection, cooperating, creativity, ability to handle big data and problem solving. The connectivist learning theory supports network learning. Unfortunately it proves that giving students the freedom to manage their own study is one of the causes of bad success rates. Only a minority of students is able to control their study behaviour. To improve the success rates of MOOCs specific didactic models should be used. New requirements for the Learning Management System (LMS) are needed to improve the learning process and to realise the learning goals. In network based leaning some roles of the teacher should be fulfilled by fellow students. Special attention is needed to form automatically heterogeneous groups of students to perform project work with a huge group of students. Special experiments using specific didactic models as inquiry based learning will be discussed. MOOCs are nowadays employed in honours-programmes. Students have the freedom to compose their own programme, to develop their own abilities and competences, being a member of different learning communities and with a lot of community engagement and applied problem solving. But the question is if this only holds for the happy few of for the majority of students? MOOCs are supposed to enable students to develop themselves according to the “Bildung” principle. What is the most appropriate didactic model?
    Presented at the following Conference: WEBIST, 12th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies; and CSEDU, 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
    Conference Website: csedu.org/ and webist.org/

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  2. Keynote Title: Today and Tomorrow - Can ICT Assist Learning and Living?
    Keynote Lecturer: Margaret Ross
    Presented on: 21/04/2016, Rome, Italy
    Abstract: The presentation will consider the current and future possible developments in education, health and living from the perspectives of students, the elderly, educational establishments, organisations and governments. Various legal and ethical issues will be also considered. The changes in September 2014 to the English school curriculum relating to ICT, the introduction of Higher Apprenticeships and the need to address employers' requirements, together with the introduction of MOOCs, possibly affecting universities, will be discussed. The combination of these could lead to new developments in e-learning, including in developing countries. Some current and potential future medical developments, together with their ethical issues, will be addressed, including the Internet of Things, embedded chips and robotics. The methods to change the views of those working directly and indirectly with the elderly will be considered. These include the use of “ageing suits” to make those more aware of what it is like to be elderly. These are used by medical and care workers, and designers of clothes, goods and furniture, suitable for the disabled and the elderly. The experiences involving these and other aging equipment at Southampton Solent University will be discussed.
    Conference Website: csedu.org/ and ict4ageingwell.org/

    Presented at the following Conference: CSEDU, 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education; ICT4AWE, 2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health

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  3. Keynote Title: The Complex Process of Scaling the Integration of Technology Enhanced Learning in Mainstream Classrooms
    Keynote Lecturer: Alison Clark-Wilson
    Presented on: 21/04/2016, Rome, Italy
    Abstract: The early optimism for how technology might transform teaching and learning practices in mainstream school classrooms has long faded in many countries around the world. Whilst early research findings suggested that this was due to obvious barriers such as access to the technology itself, more recent attempts to scale student-access have illuminated other factors and provided a more sound theoretical foundation for us to understanding the processes and products of scaling educational technology innovations. This keynote will use findings from a number of key projects and initiatives to highlight what is being learned – and how this might inform future endeavours to realise a more 21st century curriculum.
    Presented at the following Conference: CSEDU, 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
    Conference Website: csedu.org/

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  4. Keynote Title: Quality and Evaluation in Higher Education
    Keynote Lecturer: Francisco Arcega
    Presented on: 22/04/2016, Rome, Italy
    Abstract: Quality is important in industrial production and all kinds of services. In particular, education is one very important service for our society. Since the Bologna process, European universities try to do their best using the resources the society has given them to satisfy the needs of the European citizens. Quality is very important but it has no value without a well-established system of continuous improvement based on measurement and knowledge of our capabilities and the needs of the society. The best way to measure the results of a service is by way of evaluation. Evaluation always needs to consider two inputs: self-evaluation and external evaluation, but it is particularly interesting when evaluation is considered for improving, not when evaluation is considered as inspection. During this lecture, a review and comparative analysis between quality and evaluation in industry and in universities, based on the speaker’s own experience, will be done. The experience of industries and other services implemented in our world is a source of knowledge for improvement, so the main part of this lecture will be addressed to the review of what is done in industries and how to translate it into the European Higher Education Area.Two main parts are intended in the presentation: One devoted to the application of quality concepts to the Higher Education, in particular in engineering. The second will be devoted to the evaluation of this education in university degrees, mainly in Europe with some reference to US evaluation done by ABET. Finally, some proposals for daily activity in university education will be presented, based on the experience of the research group EduQTech.
    Presented at the following Conference: CSEDU, 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
    Conference Website: csedu.org/

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  5. Abstract: Singapore education is recognized the world over for its ability to produce students who score at the top on standardized tests. However, as the Ministry of Education (MoE) has observed, Singapore’s direct-instruction pedagogy doesn’t also produce imaginative, creative, entrepreneurial children. To address this need, MoE has promoted its Masterplan3, a five-year plan to move schools away from direct-instruction to an inquiry-oriented pedagogy. Since 2008, then, we have worked with university researches, school policy makers, administrators, teachers, IT staff, parents and students at Nan Chiau Primary School, using mobile devices as the catalyst driving that pedagogical change. In our presentation, then, we will reflect on Nan Chiau’s journey of change, highlighting how the 10 barriers to change have been addressed. We also report on the scaling-up efforts going on now in other primary schools in Singapore. While education has its “local” components, there is much to learn from Singapore’s experiences!

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The International Conference on Computer Supported Education, aims at becoming a yearly meeting place for presenting and discussing new educational environments, best practices and case studies on innovative technology-based learning strategies, institutional…

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The International Conference on Computer Supported Education, aims at becoming a yearly meeting place for presenting and discussing new educational environments, best practices and case studies on innovative technology-based learning strategies, institutional policies on computer supported education including open and distance education, using computers. In particular, the Web is currently a preferred medium for distance learning and the learning practice in this context is usually referred to as e-learning. CSEDU 2013 is expected to give an overview of the state of the art as well as upcoming trends, and to promote discussion about the pedagogical potential of new learning and educational technologies in the academic and corporate world.

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