CEL Annual Meeting 2014
CEL Annual Meeting
14 October 2016 Rotterdam

CEL Annual Meeting 2016 - Innovations for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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Venue: Erasmus University College, Nieuwemarkt 1A, Rotterdam


09:30 – Registration and coffee/tea
10:00 – Welcome
10:15 – Modernisation agenda for higher education - Keynote speaker: Julie Anderson
Contributors: Marion van San and others
11:00 – Building intelligent tutoring systems - Keynote speaker: Vincent Aleven

12:00 - Lunch

13:00 – Teacherbot – Interventions in automated teaching - Keynote speaker: Siân Bayne
14:00 – Coffee Break
14:30 – The HoloLens–new possibilities for higher education
Keynote speakers: Stephan Lukosch & Melle Lelieveld
15:30 – Closing
15:45 – Drinks and chats

Detailed programme elements

Modernisation agenda for higher education - Julie Anderson 
Julie Anderson, a Policy Officer in the European Commission's higher education policy team (DG Education and Culture), will inform us about the key issues and plans in the renewed Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education for the European Union, to be published later this year. What will be the principal tasks and opportunities for universities in the coming years? Two of the new issues that have already been mentioned in the press are higher education for refugees and preventing radicalisation of young people in education. Marion van San, a Senior Researcher at RISBO, Erasmus University Rotterdam, will respond to the issue counteracting radicalisation.

Building intelligent tutoring systems - Vincent Aleven
In his keynote address, Vincent Aleven, Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), will report on his research into intelligent tutoring systems (ITSs), broadly defined as software ‘tutors’ whose design is informed by cognitive theory and cognitive modelling and that can adapt instruction to the needs of learners, often using some form of artificial intelligence. Vincent and his colleagues created a non-programmer approach to authoring intelligent tutoring systems, called ‘example-tracing tutors’. Tutors built with these tools have been used successfully at many levels of education, including higher education.

Teacherbot – Interventions in automated teaching - Siân Bayne
Promises of enhanced ‘productivity’ via the automation of teaching have been with us since the early days of digital education embraced by some teachers and institutions, and resisted by others as a set of moves which are damaging to teacher professionalism and to the humanistic values of education itself. Debate on this issue has historically been polarised between instrumental approaches advocating the enhanced ‘efficiency’ enabled by automation, and those resisting such approaches in the interests of the primacy of human-to-human contact in education. In this session, Siân Bayne, Professor of Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh, will try to get the debate to move on from these positions by exploring the critical spaces that lie between them. Siân will also inform us of her important development projects in this field, and the ‘teacherbot’ in particular.

The HoloLens – new possibilities for higher education - Stephan Lukosch 
This interactive session offers you the opportunity to experience the newest of the new in digital education tools, the HoloLens. Key question is: what opportunities does it hold for higher education? Very possibly, our imagination is the only limiting factor. During this interactive session Stephan Lukosch, Associate Professor of Systems Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, will introduce and guide us through the new world of Augmented Reality and the HoloLens in particular. CEL will work together with Melle Lelieveld, Business Manager at Winvision, for this session, as Winvision currently have the only two Microsoft HoloLenses in the Netherlands. A CEL HoloLens-apps-development and research group is in statu nascendi.

Confirmed speakers 

Julie Anderson is a Policy Officer in the European Commission's higher education policy team in DG Education and Culture. In this role, she contributes to the Commission's modernisation agenda for higher education, with specific responsibility for the development of policies on digital and open learning, anti-radicalisation, the integration of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and links between higher education and research. Prior to this, Julie worked for the Irish Department of Education and Skills, most recently as the Education and Skills Attaché in the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, in which capacity she was Chair of the EU's Education Committee during the Irish EU Presidency and led the negotiations with the European Parliament and the Commission on Erasmus+. She is also a former Vice-Chair of the OECD's Education Policy Committee. 

Marion van San is Senior Researcher, associated with Risbo, an independent institution for research, training and advice, linked to the Faculty of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her most recent research focused on radicalism and extremism from a pedagogical perspective. With the European Commission as a principal, she conducted research into the role of parents in deradicalising their children. She is also conducting research into the family circumstances of youths who have joined the armed struggle in Syria.

Vincent Aleven is Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA). He has over 20 years’ experience in research and development in intelligent tutoring systems, based on cognitive theory and self-regulated learning theory. He and his colleagues created a non-programmer approach to authoring intelligent tutoring systems, called "example-tracing tutors." Tutors built with these tools have been used successfully at many levels of education, including higher education. He has over 200 publications to his name. He is co-editor of the International Handbook on Metacognition in Computer-based Learning Environments (Azevedo&Aleven, 2013). He and his colleagues and students have won 7 best paper awards at international conferences. He is the co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal on Artificial Intelligence in Education.  Aleven received a PhD in Intelligent Systems from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's degree in Informatics from Delft University of Technology.

Siân Bayne is Professor of Digital Education and Assistant Principal for Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education, supervises dissertation students on the MSc programme in Digital Education, and is course leader and co-tutor on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’. Her research interests revolve around how learning and teaching are changing as they shift online – current particular interests are critical approaches to teacher automation, open and distance education, and the application of theory from the humanities and social sciences to digital education.

Stephan Lukosch is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. His current research focuses on creating engaging environments in mixed reality. Using augmented reality, he researches environments in which individuals can virtually be at any place in the world and coordinate their activities with others and exchange experiences. In his research, he combines his recent results from intelligent and context-adaptive collaboration support, collaborative storytelling for knowledge elicitation and decision-making, and design patterns for computer-mediated interaction.

Melle Lelieveld is Business Manager at Winvision, located in Nieuwegein. Winvision is an ICT service provider which focuses on advising, developing, implementing and managing solutions based on the Microsoft platform. Through the deployment of innovative ICT solutions, Winvision unlocks the value of the Microsoft platform for its customers. Winvision, active since 2002, develops its own integrated applications and solutions and has more than 125 employees.

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