sábado, 11 de abril de 2015

Global Engineering Education Conference – IEEE EDUCON 2015

Instituto Federal de Rondônia no Educon 2015

During the Global Engineering Education Conference – IEEE EDUCON 2015, held in Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, on March 17th-20th, I had the chance to take part of some keynote sessions, short/full paper presentations, workshops and also network with people from different parts of the world. The Conference is the sixth of a series of conferences which happen among central locations in Europe, Middle East and North Africa (see http://www.educon-conference.org/educon2015/).

Tiia Rüütmann
The theme of this year was “Engineering Education towards Excellence and Innovation”; a very relevant theme around the world, as it is also in Brazil, with the advance of Engineering Education and all the effort to foster technological innovation and the attempt to integrate Professional Education and the local productive arrangements.

EDUCON 2015 - Keywords
STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as well as engineering education were extensively discussed and permeated all the presentations. Furthermore, subjects such as integrated-methodologies, blended learning, e-learning and its methodologies, e-learning tools, learning environments, collaborative learning, active learning, integrated-curricula, e-labs etc. were all spread throughout the presentations.

The conference was extremely organized and well-structured. It was hard to make choices on which paper presentations I should attend.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves (Estonia's president)
Stephanie Farrell (Dublin Institute of Technology, Irland), Tarmo Soomere (Tallinn University) and James Uhomoibhi (University of Ulster, UK) performed as keynote speakers. Their contributions were all valid. Besides them, the president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, opened the ceremony. His speech was very enthusiastic and also very close to the audience. He talked about the information society in Estonia, which I think could be related to what is happening in all western country societies, and the needs of integration of subjects. 

On the first day, March 17th, the VET Teachers for the Future Spring 2015 group took a special workshop about “Education of Technical Teachers and Engineering Educators at TUT”. Tiia Ruutmann, head of Estonian Centre for Engineering Pedagogy regarded the following topics:

    Vet Teachers 2015 Cohort (TAMK and HAMK)
    • How should curricula be structured?
    • How should classes be taught?
    • How should faculty be prepared to teach?
    • Why active learning?
    • The main strategies of STEM didactics
    • Learning styles in STEM

    The most meaningful part, in my opinion, was about student dropout rate and its relations with learning styles and teaching methods. As we always have a variety of learning styles, teaching should contemplate all of them, thus blended learning should take place.

    In Tallinn University of Technology (TUT), curricula are well-structured, integrating the fields of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and also social sciences. Therefore, learning and teaching are developed in an interdisciplinary way. Engineering Pedagogy is articulated with all the other Engineering fields, since methodologies of teaching engineering are increasingly important as professional education takes place all around the world, minimizing engineering education problems, such as high student dropout rate, traditional-technical education and its effects on the learning results: poor work-skills, technical skills not always articulated with social needs for the 21st century etc.

    Engineering Pedagogy is something new for us in Brazil. We must invest on that, urgently, as our Federal Institutes have been expanding without pedagogical structure that can really respond to our needs. TUT is a great example of articulated pedagogical work.

    Yet on the topics highlighted, Tiia Ruutmann mentioned the importance of teaching those skills required by the 21st century, which is not only technical skills, but in a holistic point of view, professionals who are respectful, socially responsible, team worker, problem-solver, independent, critical, mindful, open-minded, flexible, creative, innovative… and we could list a lot of adjectives, but all of them characterizing a human being seen as so, as a unique individual and a member of a society with its needs.

    Faculty should be prepared to respond to different learning styles and connected to the 21st century needs. Teacher must have a sustainable professional development, which means it is ongoing, never-ending. So, learning communities must be stablished and a collaboration mindset should be in place. That’s a critical need from now on. If there’s a need for knowledge integration, then collaboration, group work skills and somehow selflessness must become a fact.

    Passive learning doesn’t have a room anymore. Active learning should be present during the whole learning process, even when apparently something related to passive learning is in progress. For instance, lectures are commonly connected with passive learning, but it doesn’t have to be, if students are engaged, if they can criticize, contribute, discuss etc. That’s the only way we can create meaningful learning experience, which can be relevant for their personal, social and professional growth.

    Below, I’ll register the other activities I took part of and a brief impression of each.

    Experiencing innovative learning practices (March, 17th)

    Session I: Practical Workshop – Arduino Robot

    Arduino Robot Kit
    Great experience. We learned some things about how to create an Arduino robot.

    Task instructions
    During this workshop, I kept thinking about the ways I could integrated it with English Language Teaching... 

    The task was given to each group and as I had no experience on that, it was a really exciting and interesting activity. I could develop the same activity with my students, teaching English, integrated with that field.


    Session II: Introduction about the activities of HITSA information Technology Foundation of Education in Estonia

    In the Future Classrom Lab

    This experience was really exciting. We visited the “Future Classroom Lab”, where many kinds of technologies are combined in a methodological structured way to empower learning and learners.

    Smart board connected to the other televisions and can also be connected to the other devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

    "Smart table" - where students can play through different kinds of educational softawares.

    Augmented reality (AR) in Education


    Session III: Mektory building tour – different laboratories

    Mektory is an innovation and business center. Its facilities are composed by many innovation labs (where you can create your prototype), classrooms and different kinds of creative learning environments, besides cafeteria, halls etc.

    One of the 3D printing innovation labs
    Mektory's sponsors

    The center is sponsored by many companies and it’s a great example of education connected with the productive sectors.

    Session IV: Eye tracker workshop

    The eye tracker workshop presented that kind of technology and how is commonly used, as well as the possibilities we have with it.

    In Education, eye tracking could support struggling readers, help educators to understand the students’ points of concentration of difficulties and thus plan their actions according to students’ needs.

    Key Note Sessions - March 18th and 19th

    Session I: Connecting the teaching practice of coastal engineering with challenges of the rapidly changing environment – Tarmo Soomere (Estonian Academy of Sciences, Estonia)

    • Session II: Educational Innovations that promote student engagement in Engineering – Stephanie Farrell – Rowan University, USA
    Session III: Energy Use, Green IT Practices and Entrepreneurship in Higher Engineering Education and Research in Developing Nations – James Uhomoibhi – Ulster University, UK

      Short/Full Paper Presentations

      I have attended a lot of full/short paper presentations. The ones who caught my attention were about blended learning and go-lab. I could learn more about how to blend methodologies and how to make better use of technology in order to make learning effective.

      The sessions I got more interested were related to IT and Engineering Pedagogy, Mixing and Blending MOOC Technologies with Face-to-Face Pedagogies and Go-Lab.

      Vet Teachers For the Future Spring 2015  - HAMK and TAMK

      Below, I'll just register all the full/short paper presententions I attended:

       A Heterogeneous Supercomputer Model for High-Performance Parallel Computing Pedagogy
      Wolfer, James

      Cultivation of Spatial Thinking with Multi-view Projection
      Xiao, Lifeng

      A New Method of Assessing the Students using Video Assignments
      U.S.N, Raju; K V, Kadambari; P, Venkata Subba Reddy

      Concept Maps and Linear Systems: Beyond Learning Object
      Mendes, Renan; Pavani, Ana

      SAMOILA, Cornel; URSUTIU, Doru; REILLY, Rob

      Planning and Designing Remote Experiment for School Curriculum
      Dziabenko, Olga; Garcia-Zubia, Javier

      CoALa – A Collaborative Analysis Lab for an identification of user parameters for adaptive e-learning systems
      Lucht, Martina; Breitbarth, Kati

      Dynamic Publishing and Availability Management of Virtual Machines in Virtual Organization
      Gueye, Amadou Dahirou; Ouya, Samuel; Moussavou, Davy Edgard; Sanogo, Ibrahima; Saliah-Hassane, Hamadou; Lishou, Claude

      Using Mobile Crowd Sensing to Teach Technology and Entrepreneurship in High Schools: an Experience from Southern Italy
      Bochicchio, Mario; Zappatore, Marco; Longo, Antonella

      Teaching Automation and Control with App Inventor Applications
      Oliveira, Paulo Moura

      Visualizing the invisible - Foundation collapse mechanisms
      Marques, José Couto

      Online Tools for Making ICT More Attractive for Students to Prevent Dropout
      Sell, Raivo; Rüütmann, Tiia; Murtazin, Kristina; Kori, Külli; Pedaste, Margus; Altin, Heilo; Kipper, Hants

      Randomness Impact in Digital Game-Based Learning
      Al-Hammadi, Mariam; Abdelazim, Abdelrahman

      How Students and Teachers react to an AR free puzzle game: preliminary tests
      Urbano, Diana; Chouzal, Maria de Fátima; Restivo, Maria Teresa

      Systematic Assessment of Student Outcomes in Mathematics For Engineering Students
      kadry, seifedine

      Game Technogies in Teaching “Mathematical Modeling”
      Zamyatina, Oxana; Mozgaleva, Polina; Goncharuk, Yulia; Marukhina, Olga

      Problem-based Learning Environments in moodle: Implementation Approches
      Ali, Zeyad; Al-Dous, Khulood; Samaka, Mohammed

      A Novel Design of Management Senior Project for Engineering Students
      kadry, seifedine

      Educational Decision-Making About Curriculum Development, Environments and Economics of Education
      Läänemets, Urve; Rüütmann, Tiia

      Reports from the eMadrid Network about Blended Learning
      Delgado Kloos, Carlos; Fernández Manjón, Baltasar; Cobos, Ruth; Robles, Gregorio; Tovar, Edmundo; Rodríguez-Artacho, Miguel

      Computer programming as an educational tool in the English classroom
      Moreno-Leon, Jesus; Robles, Gregorio

      Mixing and Blending MOOC Technologies with Face-to-Face Pedagogies
      Delgado-Kloos, Carlos; Muñoz-Merino, Pedro J.; Alario-Hoyos, Carlos; Estévez Ayres, Iria; Fernández-Panadero, Carmen

      Requirements for educational games in MOOCs
      Freire, Manuel; Martínez-Ortiz, Iván; Moreno-Ger, Pablo; Fernández-Manjón, Baltasar

      Towards a Learning Analytics Approach for Supporting discovery and reuse of OER. An approach based on Social Networks Analysis and Linked Open Data
      Piedra, Nelson; Chicaiza, Janneth; López, Jorge; Tovar Caro, Edmundo

      Towards learning resources rankings in MOOCs: A Pairwise based Reputation Mechanism
      Centeno, Roberto; Rodriguez-Artacho, Miguel; García-Loro, Felix; Sancristóbal, Elio; Díaz, Gabriel; Castro, Manuel

      Towards MOOCs scenaries based on Collaborative Learning Approaches
      Claros, Iván; Echeverria, Leovy; Cobos, Ruth

      A Survey on the Usage of Online Labs in Science Education: Challenges and Implications
      Heintz, Matthias; Law, Effie Lai-Chong; Manoli, Constantinos; Zacharia, Zacharias; van Riesen, Siswa A.N.

      The AppComposer Web Application for School Teachers: A Platform for Translating and Adapting Educational Web Applications
      Rodriguez-Gil, Luis; Orduña, Pablo; Bollen, Lars; Govaerts, Sten; Holzer, Adrian; Gillet, Denis; López-de-Ipiña, Diego; García-Zubia, Javier

      An Investigation with European Science Teachers on how to Characterize Remote and Virtual Labs
      Tsourlidaki, Eleftheria; Zervas, Panagiotis; Sotiriou, Sofoklis; Sampson, Demetrios

      Virtualizing testbed resources to enable remote experimentation in online telecommunications education
      Marquez-Barja, Johann M.; Kaminski, Nicholas; Paisana, Francisco; Tranoris, Christos; DaSilva, Luiz A.

      Curriculum development of higher engineering education by mass customization----A case study at Shaoxing University China
      Ye, Feifan

      Aspects Relating to Didactics and the Problem of the Knowledge
      Cujba, Tiberiu Octavian

      On The Role of Challenging Math Problems in the Discrete Mathematics Courses
      Mihova, Marija; Jovanov, Mile; Stankov, Emil

      A New Model for Collaborative Learning of Programming Using Source Code Similarity Detection
      Stankov, Emil; Jovanov, Mile; Kostadinov, Bojan; Madevska Bogdanova, Ana

      The Europe Code Week (codeEU) initiative: Shaping the skills of future engineers
      Moreno León, Jesús; Robles, Gregorio

      Mobile learning and its potential for engineering education
      Poulova, Petra; Klimova, Blanka Frydrychová

      Collaborative Learning from Mobile Crowd Sensing: a Case Study in Electromagnetic Monitoring
      Longo, Antonella; Zappatore, Marco; Bochicchio, Mario

      Mobile devices, another teaching tool in the engineering classroom
      Menchaca, Iratxe; Romero, Susana; Guenaga, Mariluz

      Learning in Higher Education by European Framework Projects. Laurea’s study module: “International innovation work of information systems”
      Rajamäki, Jyri


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