This special session aims at sharing experiences and challenges connected with the use of Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things (to which we will collectively refer to as UMI technologies) in promoting STEM education.
UMI technologies open a new space of possibilities for STEM education, as witnessed by e.g. various positive experiences with FabLabs and graduate courses. The potential is to design learning activities that are more engaging and inclusive, leading to the development of STEM competencies, as well as more general 21st Century (transversal) skills. However, there is not enough knowledge about how to turn this potential into a reality, due to a lack of clear understanding of how to design meaningful learning activities and courses, that are sustainable and can lead to long term effect, for example motivating more students, both at secondary and tertiary education, to pursue STEM careers. Knowledge in this area is scattered and needs to be recorded, systematized and shared.
Moreover, many of the UMI-enabled learning activities have until now happened outside the school curricula, often as a result of volunteer work. Generally, they are not connected in any way with the (admittedly few) higher education study programmes that contain UMI subjects. Therefore, there is a need to understand how to foster continuity and improve the impact and sustainability of these activities. It is also time we understand how these informal learning experiences can be integrated into national education curricula of all levels.
The main objective with this session is to start building an international Community of Practice around these challenges. In particular, the special session aims to develop a critical discussion about well-established as well as innovative practices using UMI for the acquisition of 21st Century learning competences and for promoting STEM education. With this special session we want to promote sharing of experiences and lessons learned among all the involved partners. We therefore welcome papers from the research communities, but also more practice-oriented papers reporting experiences from educators, makers, and industry. Papers will be chosen to provide a broad perspective on the topics of interest and promote exchange among different communities.
The special session is supported by the EU project UMI-Sci-ed: http://umi-sci-ed.eu/.
|06 Dec 2016||Complete paper submission|
|10 Jan 2017||Notification of Acceptance|
|06 Feb 2017||Author registration and payment,|
|26 Apr 2017||Conference Opening|
Contributions to the special session might be in the following formats:
Please make sure you have read and applied the authors instructions at http://www.educon-conference.org/educon2017/paper_preparation.php, then submit your paper to the Special Track at https://www.conftool.com/educon/index.php.
All submissions will be reviewed by the international program committee of the special session and the accepted papers will be included in the EDUCON2017 proceedings submitted to IEEE Xplore®, provided at least one author pays the registration fee before February 6th, 2017 and the paper is presented at the conference.
More information: http://educon-conference.org/educon2017/proceedings.php.
For further questions, please contact one of the session organizers, Monica Divitini, Olga Fragkou, Michalis Giannakos, Achilles Kameas, Anna Mavroudi. (Subject: EDUCON 2017 Special Session Submission).
|20 Oct 2016||Abstract submission, Proposals for Special Sessions|
|02 Nov 2016||Invitation to submit complete paper (postponed, was expected for Oct 31st)|
|06 Dec 2016||Complete paper submission,|
Panel and Workshop proposals
|23 Jan 2017||Notification of Acceptance|
|17 Feb 2017||Author registration and payment,|
|25 Apr 2017||Pre-conference Workshops|
|26 Apr 2017||Conference Opening|