Track Education

Education and training is the core business for academics. Industry wants state-of-the-art ICT professionals. This track will facilitate a dialogue on computer science education between Dutch universities, universities of applied sciences, and industry deploying ICT. The track will embrace a broad view of the current and future trends in computing education, including innovation of higher education and innovations for the purpose of lifelong learning.

Structure

The programme is divided into three parts. In part 1, an overall setting of the topic is presented. Part 2 is reserved for a discussion on the topic education in ICT for the purpose of life long learning. In part 3, innovations with ICT for higher education will be discussed. In both latter parts, several invited speakers present their vision on the topics, followed by a panel discussion with the speakers.

Track chairs:
Gosia Migut (TU Delft)
Bert Bredeweg (UvA/HvA)
Robert Schuwer (Fontys)

Programme with invited speakers

13:50-14:35 Setting the scene

Title: Data Enhanced Learning ! tbd Speaker: Marcus Specht
Short abstract:
Reflection and personalised feedback are some of the most efficient means for enhancing human learning. Without feedback and making our progress visible and tangible we are lost on our way. New digital means to track and monitor our progress open new ways of learning and training. Data tracking in digital systems and sensor-based wearable computing enable data-driven learning support for reflection and personalisation. This happens on a global level of making our progress visible to the details of understanding behaviour in complex problem solving. Defining cross-organisational infrastructures, developing cultures for shared data and the use of data in education, educating for data-literacy in a data driven education system are just some challenges on the way. Great opportunities also open up in personalised education and learning towards developing every students "best self" taking into account personal strengths and helping with weaknesses. tbd
Bio Marcus Specht
Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht is Professor for Digital Education at the Technical University of Delft and Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Education and Learning. He received his Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. From 2001 he headed the department "Mobile Knowledge" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT). From 2005 to 2018 he was Professor for Learning Technologies at the Open Universiteit Nederland and head of the Learning Innovation Lab. His research focus is on Computational Thinking, Learning Analytics, AI in Education, and Virtual and Augmented Reality for Education. Prof. Specht is an Apple Distinguished Educator and was President (2013-2015) of the International Association of Mobile Learning.

14:40-16:05 Education in ICT for the purpose of life long learning
(A short coffee break is planned from 15:25-15:35)

Title: Make IT Work, Reskilling Speaker: Ronald Klein
Short abstract:
Starting from the need for more and differently trained IT professionals, a successful initiative around life-long development in for HBO is presented: Make IT Work. In this session, participants are informed about challenges and opportunities that these training offers to employers and educational institutions.
Bio Ronald Klein
As a senior lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), Ronald Kleijn started the Make IT Work retraining program in 2015. He is now responsible for the national roll-out of this successful retraining program to other universities of applied science. Ronald is also initiator of the new AUAS location in Hilversum, from which professionals from different sectors will be trained at the regional level.
Title: Preparing teachers to teach future adaptive ICT literate lifelong learners Speaker: Pierre Gorissen
Short abstract:
The iXperium / Centre of Expertise Teaching and Learning is a network organization consisting of researchers, schools (primary, secondary, vocational, higher education) and teacher training academies on the topic of teaching and learning with ICT. The iXperium/CoE does practice based research into the use of personalized learning with ict and the improvement What (ICT) competencies do people need for work, society, (lifelong) learning? And how can we train teachers to teach students to become the adaptive ict literate lifelong learners they need to be? In his presentation, Pierre will introduce some ways that have shown to be effective and will touch on problems that arise in this area.
Bio Pierre Gorissen
Dr. Pierre Gorissen PhD is senior researcher at the iXperium / Centre of Expertise Teaching and Learning with ICT. He has completed a M.A. in Business Economics at Tilburg University and a PhD. in Educational Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Pierre has participated in national and international projects related to ICT in higher education and has published in several national and international journals. Within the iXperium, he is the lead researcher with regards to the topic learning about ICT / ICT literacy.
Title: Applying Artificial Intelligence, and the race to stay up-to-date Speaker: Maarten Stol
Short abstract:
Each year new ideas hit the ground in the field of AI, some of which will have a big impact on their field of application, for example, the use of transformer networks in NLP applications in 2019. This rapid progress is good for the field in general, but an increasing challenge for those that want to stay up-to-date and apply the best available technology. Running this race is what we do at BrainCreators, but is there a system to it?
Bio Maarten Stol
Active for 4 years as scientific adviser on the team of BrainCreators, Maarten Stol has a background in logic and knowledge engineering. He was active in the field of optimization, and machine learning was a natural step to make when joining the team. Among his responsibilities are the selection and validation of new scientific research in the field of AI, and the transition from scientific ideas to practical applications in industry.
Title: The Birds.ai way of lifelong learning Speaker: Camiel Verschoor
Short abstract:
At Birds.ai, we fully utilise computer technology to tackle humanity's challenges. In order to do so we apply the latest state of the art methodologies of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and predictive analytics. In this talk, we provide the approach of the small company Birds.ai to lifelong learning.
Bio Camiel Verschoor
Camiel is the Founder and CEO of Birds.ai. He has over five years of experience as an entrepreneur and secured for Birds.ai over 1 million Euro in revenues and funding.

Camiel is passionate about bridging technology and society to tackle the global challenges of humanity. At Birds.ai he is fully utilising computer technology to tackle humanity's challenges. Birds.ai creates intelligent analytical software to accelerate businesses in three simple steps (1) digitising, (2) making it smart, and (3) providing insights. Customers of Birds.ai include governments, manufacturers, utilities, and asset operators that utilise their expertise for anomaly checks, functional statistics, and intelligent monitoring.

Camiel owns a Master Degree in Artificial Intelligence of the University of Amsterdam, published several scientific papers, and has worked for the National Aerospace Laboratory prior to his adventure as an entrepreneur.

16:10-17:30 Innovations with ICT for higher education
(A short break is planned from 16:55-17:00)

Title: AI for feedback in online environments for learning Speaker: Johan Jeuring
Short abstract:
In this short presentation I will discuss various AI techniques for providing feedback and hints to students working in online learning environments. I will discuss both environments in which students are working on tasks from specific domains, such as statistics, logic, and programming, as well as generic learning management systems such as Moodle.
Bio Johan Jeuring
Johan Jeuring is a professor of Software Technology for Learning and Teaching at the department of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Furthermore, he holds a small appointment at the Open University of the Netherlands. He designs and develops advanced programming technologies, methods, and languages to support the development of software supporting learning and teaching. In the last couple of years he has contributed to projects on giving feedback in learning environments for mathematics, intelligent tutoring systems for learning programming, and a serious game for practicing communication skills.
Title: Data Studio: A co-creation methodology for data projects Speaker: Nanda Piersma
Short abstract:
Carrying out data science projects at bachelor level is challenging, students need to be brought up to level and expectations of business partners need to be managed. The data studio is a development in which data projects continue with subsequent student groups, and results are translated back into research and education.
Bio Nanda Piersma
Dr Nanda Piersma is professor Urban Analytics and connected to the Hogeschool van Amsterdam and the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica. Her research is about how stakeholders in the city get better insights into their data by means of data analysis, algorithms and business analytics. From 1 January 2020 she will be scientific director of the HvA Expertise Centre Applied Artificial Intelligence.
Title: Professional development in educational innovation using ICT: Mind the teacher Speaker: Kim Schildkamp
Short abstract:
The acceleration plan for Educational Innovation with ICT is a four year program focused on bringing initiatives, knowledge, and experience for digitalization together. One of the eight zones of this program is "Facilitating professional development for lectures", and 19 universities are collaborating in this zone. The zone aims at providing all lecturers in higher education with the opportunity to use ICT in their education, ultimately to improve the quality of education. In this presentation I will focus on the five themes the zone has been working on: Collecting and sharing inspiring examples of educational innovations with ICT; Building blocks for effective professional development; Field labs with professional development initiatives focused on certain innovations (e.g., digital peer feedback); Integral approaches to facilitate professional development; and Sector-wide anchoring of educational innovation with ICT.
Bio Kim Schildkamp
Dr. Kim Schildkamp is an associate professor in the Faculty of Behavioural, Management, and Social Sciences of the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Kim’s research, in the Netherlands but also in other countries, focuses on (professional development in) data-based decision making and formative assessment. She is a Fulbright scholarship recipient, which she used to study data use in primary and secondary education in Louisiana. She has been invited as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at several conferences and universities, including AERA (American Educational Research Association), the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She is the current president of ICSEI (International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement). She developed the data team® procedure, which has been used in different countries (e.g., The Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, USA), and has received the European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning (EAPRIL) best research-practice award. She has published widely on the use of (assessment) data. Kim is, for example, editor of the book “Data-based decision making in education: Challenges and opportunities” and “The data team procedure: A systematic approach to school improvement.
Bio Marcus Specht
Prof. Dr. Marcus Specht is Professor for Digital Education at the Technical University of Delft and Director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Center for Education and Learning. He received his Diploma in Psychology in 1995 and a Dissertation from the University of Trier in 1998 on adaptive information technology. From 2001 he headed the department "Mobile Knowledge" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT). From 2005 to 2018 he was Professor for Learning Technologies at the Open Universiteit Nederland and head of the Learning Innovation Lab. His research focus is on Computational Thinking, Learning Analytics, AI in Education, and Virtual and Augmented Reality for Education. Prof. Specht is an Apple Distinguished Educator and was President (2013-2015) of the International Association of Mobile Learning.
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