The UMI-Sci-Ed project in the IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2017)

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The 8th Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON 2017), “Challenging the Transition from the Classic to the Emerging in the Engineering Education” was organized in Athens, Greece during April 26-28 with preconference Workshops running on April 25.

In the context of IEEE EDUCON 2017, UMI-Sci-Ed project partners, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Computer Technology Institute and Press “Diophantus” (CTI) co-organized the Special Session “MUMI4STEM: Motivating Students with Mobiles, Ubiquitous Applications and the Internet of Things for STEM”. Co-organizers were Dr. Anna Mavroudi, Professor Monica Divitini, and Associate Professor Michalil Giannakos, from NTNU; Dr. Olga Fragou and Associate Professor Achilles Kameas from CTI and Hellenic Open University. In the organization of the Special Session we also cooperated with Prof. Anastasios Economides and Stavros Nikou, from University of Macedonia (Greece), extending the scientific network of the project with experts in the area of motivational aspects. Dr. Anna Mavroudi (NTNU) and Dr. Olga Fragou (CTI) co-chaired it on Wednesday, April 26.

Dr. Olga Fragou (CTI), Educational Technologist Specialist and Scientific Associate in Communities of Practice, presented the paper “An Instructional Design Process for Creating a U-Learning Ecology”, authored by herself, Achilles Kameas (CTI and HOU) and Ioannis Zaharakis (CTI and Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece). The paper addressed the research challenges regarding the design and use of instructional design tools in complex learning contexts such as Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), Mobile Computing and Internet of Things (IoT), so as to initially define an instructional design process for building a U-Learning Ecology for multidisciplinary education. The paper also provided a consistent framework and structural view of integrating instructional design principles in UMI learning.

Anna Mavroudi (NTNU), educational researcher, presented the paper “Local communities of Computing Education in Norway”, co-authored by herself, Monica Divitini, Michail Giannakos, Letizia Jaccheri (all from NTNU). The paper studies existing communities around computing education in Norway and how different aspects (cognitive, social, organizational, policy) are manifested and interweaved in these communities. This work is part of the project effort towards understanding how to shape and support the UMI-Sci-Ed Community of Practice.

Sofia Papavlasopoulou, from NTNU, presented the paper “Reviewing the Affordances of Tangible Programming Languages: Implications for Design and Practice”, co-authored with Michail Giannakos and Letizia Jaccheri. The paper is a literature review in the field of tangible programming languages in K-12 schools. This work is useful in the context of UMI-Sci-Ed to inform the design of educational scenarios that promote effective and enjoyable learning experiences.

Konstantinos Delistavrou (CTI), ICT teacher, educational technology researcher and PhD candidate, presented the paper “Exploring Ways to Exploit UMI Technologies in STEM Education: Comparison of Secondary Computer Science Curricula of Greece, Cyprus and England”, authored by himself and Achilles Kameas (CTI and HOU). The authors presented the development foundations of a UMI educational framework by a comparison of secondary Computer Science education curricula in Greece, Cyprus and England. Based on the findings of the research, the authors proposed a new UMI curriculum for high schools.

It is worth to mention that we are very proud of the gender balance that we achieved among presenters as well as co-organizers. The MUMI4STEM Special Session was attended by a broad audience of conference attendees including researchers and academics, resulting in a significant dissemination of UMI-Sci-Ed project and its content.