ICWL+SETE keynote speakers and Invited presentation

Andreja Istenic Starcic, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Representations in contemporary learning environments

The affordance of pervasive mobile technology enables ubiquitous learning. Device characteristics make a significant contribution to engaging users any time, any place, providing multisensory applications, hyperconnectivity and a new sense of place. Learning application design affords the use of digital media formats such as text, graphics, audio and video so that the symbolic, static and dynamic representations of problems and other learning activities might presented in a variety of ways. The exploration of various combinations of different media for effective learning has been the focus of several studies in authentic contexts and using authentic activities. The work by Kress and others highlights how multimodal literacy has at least two dimensions—media and semiotics, each with multiple literacies—hence, the representation and communication of meanings is multimodal; computer-based digital technologies provide efficient and effective access to multiple modes of representation and as such influence thinking; and multimodal design that incorporates different representational resources for meaning making has become integrated across curricula within various subjects. Moving from written culture to digital culture, the dynamic interactive multimodal representations and the multisensory application of tablet computers supports knowledge development by multiple representations which support students’ expression and facilitate engagement. The transition between concrete, visual and abstract level of representations in contemporary learning environments will be discussed.

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Professor Andreja Istenic Starcic, PhD is working at University of Primorska Faculty of Education and University of Ljubljana Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering Slovenia and is Honorary fellow at Macquarie University Sydney Australia. Andreja is a Vice dean for international collaboration at Faculty of Education University of Primorska. Her research and teaching involve Educational technology, Learning environments, ICT assisted learning for people with special needs, Media education, Contemporary learning theories, Innovation and creative production of multimedia contents. Andreja was invited speaker at international conferences and have invited chapters in books. She published over 80 articles. Andreja is editor of British Journal of Educational Technology - BJET and International journal of emerging technologies in learning - iJET. Andreja received awards: Slovenian research agency – The exceptional research achievement in social science in Slovenia for the year 2012; The Award of University of Primorska for scientific excellence in social sciences and humanities for the year 2014. Personal website: http://andreja-istenic-starcic.eu/ E-mail: andreja.starcic@gmail.com 

Carlo Giovannella, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy

Uncovering and supporting the smartness of learning ecosystems

Becoming smart, or smarter, is for an ecosystem, like for the human, a goal to reach and, as for the human, a goal with a multidimensional nature. Uncovering the relevant dimensions of socio-technical ecosystems like the learning ones is the first step to support their way toward the achievement of the smartness: should it be done top-down or bottom-up ? Once the frameworks has been identified next question is: how technologies could support the learning ecosystems to get smarter ? Learning ecosystems do not operate in isolation: how they could interact with and influence the surroundings ?
Hints to stimulate reflections and foster actions will be provided.

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Graduated in Physics and expert of complex systems. Nowadays 'Designer for the experience’, expert in the technology-enhanced learning, interaction design, computer-mediated communication, design and innovation of processes and products.
Since 2013 is the Scientific Director of the Creative Industries Area at the Consorzio Roma Ricerche, since 2015 is the President of ASLERD (Association for Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional Development - www.aslerd.org) He is member of the Dept. of History, Cultural Heritage, Education & Society of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where he is chairing the ISIM_garage (Interfaces and Multimodal Interactive Systems), a research lab devoted to the design and development of TEL-environments, tools and methods for education, interaction design, and more.  In his career he has published more than 200 papers and has been editor of several books and special issues. He is currently Scientific Editor of the journal IxD&A and Managing Editor of IJDLDC.

Peter Brusilovsky, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Data-Driven Education: Using Learners’ Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

Modern educational settings, both in classrooms and MOOCs, produce a rapidly increasing volume of data that captures the learning progress of millions of students at different levels of granularity. This data opens a unique opportunity to re-engineer traditional education and develop a range of efficient data-driven education approaches. In this talk, I will review a stream of research on data-driven education and present some ways to leverage learner’s data as explored in the PAWS lab. Among other approaches, I present our work on open social student modeling and the problem-solving genome - identifying reliable individual differences through sequential pattern mining.

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Peter Brusilovsky is a Professor of Information Science and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directs the Personalized Adaptive Web Systems (PAWS) lab. Peter has been working in the field of adaptive educational systems, user modeling, and intelligent user interfaces for more than 25 years. He published numerous papers and edited several books on adaptive hypermedia, adaptive educational systems, user modeling, and the adaptive Web. Peter is the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies and a board member of several journals including User Modeling and User Adapted Interaction, and ACM Transactions on Social Computing.

Invited Presentation
Iliana Nikolova, European Research Council Executive Agency

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