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1 Professor David Lowe Associate Dean (Education) / Professor of Software Eng. Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies The University of Sydney

2 CS4HS Welcome! ›“CS4HS is an initiative sponsored by Google to promote Computer Science and Computational Thinking in high school and middle school curriculum … These workshops incorporate informational talks by industry leaders, and discussions on new and emerging CS curricula at the high school and middle school level.” -http://www.cs4hs.com/

3 CS4HS ›We have: -Australian UG students enrolled in ICT degrees – declined by 50% over the last decade. -ICT is one of the bottom two general discipline areas with respect to attracting high achieving school leavers (ATAR > 90) into tertiary study. -ICT is one of the top two discipline areas with respect to admitting low achieving students (ATAR < 50) into tertiary study. -Less than 50 per cent of ICT professionals possess a degree level qualification in ICT. ›And yet: -Australia’s digital economy is valued at over $100 billion -The ICT industry and profession contributes almost 8 per cent of GDP. -http://www.acs.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/9302/ACARA-Draft -Shape-of-the-Australian-Curriculum_Technologies_June-2012.pdfhttp://www.acs.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/9302/ACARA-Draft -Shape-of-the-Australian-Curriculum_Technologies_June-2012.pdf 3 Why is CS / SE / IS / ICT Education Important?

4 CS4HS ›Education -Teacher development: e.g. UK “Teach First” program: Google sponsorship of outstanding ICT graduates to become teachers. -Curriculum renewal: e.g. -Student motivation: e.g. Raspberry Pi? -http://acce.edu.au/ict-and-australian-curriculumhttp://acce.edu.au/ict-and-australian-curriculum -http://www.computingatschool.org.uk/data/uploads/I CT%20and%20CS%20joint%20statement.pdfhttp://www.computingatschool.org.uk/data/uploads/I CT%20and%20CS%20joint%20statement.pdf 4 What do we do about it?

5 CS4HS Thursday Visual Programming / Context Free Grammars Information Visualization and Winner-­take all algorithm NCSS Challenge & Programming in Python Teaching IT Concepts Through Web Programming Computers are Dumb, People are Creative Physics and Maths in Programming? Careers Panel Friday Computation in the data stream model Multicore programming Motif Finding Lab Demos: Robots / Tabletops / Biomed Survey Lightning talks Wrap-up 5 Agenda

6 Online Education Threat or Opportunity CEO, The Labshare Institute President, Global Online Laboratory Consortium General Chair, REV2013 Conference Professor David Lowe Associate Dean (Education) / Professor of Software Eng. Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies The University of Sydney

7 Are we using technology effectively? c1350 class (Laurentius de Voltolina) c2010 class

8 Education vs Learning From OED Online… ›Education: -culture or development of personal knowledge or understanding, growth of character, moral and social qualities, etc., as contrasted with the imparting of knowledge or skill. -The systematic instruction, teaching, or training in various academic and non-academic subjects given to or received by a child, typically at a school; the course of scholastic instruction a person receives in his or her lifetime. Also: instruction or training given to or received by an adult ›Learning -The action of receiving instruction or acquiring knowledge; spec. in Psychol., a process which leads to the modification of behaviour or the acquisition of new abilities or responses, and which is additional to natural development by growth or maturation; -Knowledge, esp. of language or literary or historical science, acquired by systematic study; What is the difference between e-Learning and online Education?

9 Online Education ›Significant area of research -Loss of analytical skills ? -Loss of synthesis skills? -Gain in knowledge integration skills? -Enhancement in broad knowledge frameworks? -… ›But where to from here? 9 Is education changing? Is learning changing?

10 Online learning ›Will it affect us?›How will it affect us? 10

11 Horizon report ›Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less Cloud Computing Collaborative Environments Mobile Apps Social Networking ›Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years Augmented Reality Learning Analytics Massively Open Online Courses Personal Learning Environments ›Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years Collective Intelligence Internet of Things Natural User Interfaces Wearable Technology -http://www.nmc.org/publicationshttp://www.nmc.org/publications 11 Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education

12 Technology and Labs For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them: Aristotle Tell me and I'll forget; Show me and I may remember; Involve me and I'll understand: Chinese Proverb Secondary school science labs: Constrained access; limited relevance; lack of integration with learning technologies (Goodrum, Hackling, Rennie. 2001) Lost Learning Opportunities! But why Labs (rather than, say, simulations)? They are expensive, cumbersome, inflexible, difficult to evolve, disconnected from reality, time-consuming, …

13 Is our lab pedagogy evolving? c1900 Laboratory Cavendish laboratory camphy/museum/area8/display1.htm camphy/museum/area8/display1.htm c2010 Laboratory Typical undergraduate facilities

14 Example labs 14

15 Remote Labs + New opportunities 15

16 MOOCs -“A massive open online course (MOOC) is a category of online course where the participants are distributed and course materials also are dispersed across the web. … MOOCs are open and one of their main features has been the level of connection and collaboration by participants online. … They allow for a single teacher to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students. …” -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course ›2011: -Several course offerings by Stanford University. Artificial Intelligence  160,000 enrolments Machine learning  104,000 enrolments ›2012: -Coursera: 33+ Universities, 200+ courses, 1.3million students! -EdX: MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, $90M -Udacity 16 Massive Online Open Courses

17 MOOCs ›“will only be 10 universities left in the world”: Thrun revolutionize-higher-education/#ixzz27KpW498m ›Enormous repository of rich content! Flexibility, but… ›Content is not learning! ›We still need support (teaching?) ›We still need structure (curriculum?) -How do we weave these together? ›Blended learning? 17 Implications

18 Thank You 18


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