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First Workshop of the International Society of the Learning Sciences in Africa.

12 – 13 February 2018
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

In partnership with the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), the aim of this workshop is to explore possibilities of establishing an African ISLS chapter. The University of the Witwatersrand, in collaboration with International ISLS members and a colleague from the University of Cape Town will host this workshop. The local organizer is Rita Kizito (rita.kizito@wits.ac.za)

The workshop will showcase inspirational and innovative research, drawing from multidisciplinary areas of the Learning Sciences, and presenting provocative debates and new insights into how people learn and/or how learning can be buttressed in different contexts. This introductory and exploratory workshop is an addition to spaces created to encourage and stimulate African scholars to increase their participation and contribution to the interdisciplinary learning sciences (LS) field.

The workshop will be structured around keynote talks, submitted research presentations, and discussions. See full program for more details. Registration is free. Contact Candice Michael (candice.michael@wits.ac.za) or Yasmina Dadabhay (yasmina.dadabhay@wits.ac.za) for more information




Speakers

Dr. Carolyn Rosé

Carnegie Mellon University

Bio/Abstract…

Dr. Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver

Indiana University

Bio/Abstract…

Dr. Ulrike Cress

Leibniz-Insitut für Wissensmedien

Bio/Abstract…

Dr. Laura Czerniewicz

University of Cape Town.

Bio/Abstract…

Dr. Jan Van Aalst

University of Hong Kong

Bio/Abstract…

Dr. Frank Fischer

University of Munich

Bio/Abstract…

Programs

 

Monday 12th of February 2018 – Professional Development Hub (PDH)

08h00 -0nwards

Registration for the workshop

Room 211

2nd Floor

08h30 – 09h00

Welcome and Conference Opening

Dr Rita Kizito ( CLTD )

Professor A Crouch ( Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Wits)

Room 211

2nd Floor

09h00 – 9h30

Background and orientation to ISLS

·       Short intro to ISLS (Prof Carolyn Penstein Rose – 6 min)

·       Short intro to the Journal of the Learning Sciences (Pro Jan Van Aalst - 6min)

·       Short intro to the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning ( Prof Carolyn Penstein Rose - 6min)

·       Short intro to the International Handbook of the Learning Sciences ( Prof Cindy Hmelo-Silver - 6min)

·       Short intro to the International Handbook of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning ( Prof Ulrike Cress - 6min)

Room 211

2nd Floor

09h30-10h00

Keynote: “What can robots do for us?: Supporting STEM engagement through human-centered robotics”

Prof Cindy Hmelo-Silver

Room 211

2nd Floor

10h00-10h30

Keynote: “Unbundling, rebundling and inequality in higher education”

Prof Laura Czerniewicz

Room 211

2nd Floor

10h30-11h00

Tea/coffee

 

11h00- 11h30

Keynote: “Creating Sociotechnical Affordances for Highly Effective Team-Based Learning in Online Education”

Prof Carolyn Penstein Rose

 Room 211

2nd Floor

11h30-12h00

Keynote: “Knowledge creation in mass-collaboration scenarios”

Prof Ulrike Cress

Room 211

2nd Floor

12h30-13h00

Keynote: “Knowledge Building: finding a Place to Begin”

Prof Jan van Aalst

Room 211

2nd Floor

13h00-14h00

Lunch

 

14h00-14h30

Keynote: “Orientation and background to ‘NAPLES’”[recording]

Prof Frank Fischer

Room 211

2nd Floor

14h30-15h30

NAPLES Discussions

[During this session participants are asked to use the Naples presentation to think about issues pertinent to the African context]

Prof Carolyn Penstein Rose/ Dr Rita Kizito

Room 211

2nd Floor

15h30-16h00

Reflections and closure

Dr Rita Kizito

Room 211

2nd Floor

16h00-

Cheese & wine

 

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 –Professional Development Hub (PDH)

08h00 0nwards

Registration for the workshop

Room 211

2nd Floor

08h30 – 09h00

Introducing the Workshop aims and goals

[During this session, the workshop aims and goals are outlined, and the ISLS membership process is introduced]

Prof Carolyn Penstein Rose/ Dr Rita Kizito

Room 211

2nd Floor

 

Room G14

Room  G15

Room G16

09:00 – 9h30

Cultural Tools of Intellectual Adaptation: Experiences Narrated by Fourth Year Medical Students In South Africa

 

 

Dr Aye Aye Khine

Interdisciplinary teaching and learning: determining the equilibrium between subject knowledge and pedagogy within the sciences.

 

 

Dr Anemi Strydom

Introducing engineering judgement through active learning

 

 

 

Dr Charles Macrobert

09h30-10h00

Enhancement of the acquisition of transferrable skills in engineering education in South Africa: A proposed model

 

Prof. Michael Daramola

Lecturer support towards pedagogical competence

 

 

 

Dr Ina Louw

 

Postgraduate Students’ experiences and efficacy on peer assessment implemented in the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education

 

Mr Sipho Thlabane

10h00-10h30

Incongruities between Teaching Design and student learning : South African technology adoption dilemmas

 

Dr Rita Kizito

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Mpunki Nakedi

Putting the “Science” back in Science Education in South Africa

 

Dr Deepak Kar

10h30-11h00

Tea/coffee

 

11h00- 12h00

Discussions around the formation of an ISLS chapter

[During this session, the group identifies important questions , and small groups come up with proposals]

Room 211

2nd Floor

12h00-13h00

 

Mapping a Way forward

[During this session,

  • Linkages with introducing LS into the curriculum could be discussed, including advocacy, policy, capacity building, professional development, curriculum and programme development etc.
  • Group reporting back and discussion of the way forward and identification of a strategy/planning team
  • Reflections and closure ]

Prof Carolyn Penstein Rose/ Dr Rita Kizito

Room 211

2nd Floor

13h00-14h00

Lunch