Keynote speakers

Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (Switzerland)

Orchestration Graphs

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Pierre Dillenbourg

A elementary school classroom or a MOOC appear as two very different educational species, but they can be modeled with the same language. This language describes the orchestration of integrated learning scenarios, i.e. scenarios that integrate individual activities, teamwork and lectures.

The scenario is modeled as a graph. The graph vertices are the learning activities. The edges model both the pedagogical relationship between activities as well as the operational aspects, namely how data produced in an activity are reused in another activity.

A graph of data operators constitute a workflow which implement specific pedagogical strategies The state of learner at the end of one activity is related to his state after the next activity. Each edge is hence associated to a states transition matrix, the whole graph providing a stochastic model aimed at optimizing the learner’s path along the pedagogical scenario

I will illustrate this modeling language with pedagogical scenarios we tested in schools, in vocational training as well as in MOOCs.

About Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg

Pierre Dillenbourg is professor of learning technologies at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and academic director of the Center for Digital Education. Former teacher in elementary school, Pierre graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started to conduct research in learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the field of educational applications of artificial intelligence.  He is past president of the International Society for the Learning Sciences. His work covers various domain of computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), ranging from novel interfaces for face-to-face collaboration (tangibles, paper computing) to educational robotics and dual eye tracking. His lab conducts projects in elementary schools, vocational education and university teaching. The Center for Digital Education is both the EPFL MOOC factory, having obtained 800’000 registrations in two years of activity, and a team of scientists doing research on MOOCs. Pierre is also the director of the Swiss Leading House for Technologies in Vocational Education. He recently authored a book entitled ‘Orchestration graphs’ (EPFL Press). 

Donald Clark. PlanB Learning (United Kingdom)

Mind-blowing tech

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Donald Clark

Education is about cognitive gain and technology can accelerate that gain. Donald will show an array of recent technological innovations, with real examples, that can help us teach and learn. Grounded in learning theory, or cognitive ergonomics, he will present; open, semantic, adaptive, gamification, AR & VR technology that reveals how consumer technology can help some of the most pressing problems in education - crises in cost, relevance and delivery.

About Donald Clark

Donald Clark was CEO and one of the original founders of Epic Group plc, which established itself as the leading company in the UK online learning market, floated on the Stock Market in 1996 and sold in 2005.

Describing himself as ‘free from the tyranny of employment’, he is a board member of the University for Industry, City & Guilds (Council), Cogbooks Ltd, LearningPool Ltd and Deputy Chair of Brighton Dome & Arts Festival Ltd.

Donald has 30 years experience in online learning, games, simulations, social media and mobile learning projects and designed, delivered and advised on online learning for many global, public and private organisations. He is an evangelist for the use of technology in learning and has won many design awards, including the first 'Outstanding Achievement in E-learning Award'.