A New Culture of Learning: Computing and next Generations

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Andrej Brodnik, Cathy Lewin (Eds)

IFIP TC3 Working Conference “A New Culture of Learning: Computing and next Generations” Preliminary Proceedings

July 1st - 3rd, 2015, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Preface Next year in November it will be 80 years since Alan Turing delivered his seminal paper On Computable Numbers, With An Application To The Entscheidungsproblem, which, with his description of the universal computing device, can be considered as a beginning of a new science – Computer Science. It took almost 40 years for the described device to become ubiquitously present and available as information and communication technology (ICT). The papers in this proceedings show a similar dichotomy. On one side, they deliver fresh and timely results on computer science (or informatics) education and on the other side explore the possibilities of how to use ICT in education. What have we achieved since those euphoric days? Has our concept of education in general and computer science education in particular changed and its quality improved? Can we use the lessons of the past to prepare for the future? In an increasingly interdependent and complex world, how is technology and informatics changing society and affecting education through the subject areas of humanities, science, mathematics, arts? The IFIP TC3 Working Conference “A New Culture of Learning: Computing and Next Generations” organized by WG 3.1, 3.3 and 3.7 has addressed these questions by offering experts from across the world the opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge, and generate a more informed understanding of the issues of informatics and digital technologies in education. The Conference call for participation offered a number of themes providing a concise overview of the most current issues in the related fields: -

Computational thinking Learning analytics in programming Approaches to learning programming Curriculum challenges Tangible programming and physical computing Learner perspectives Teacher perspectives for ICT and computing Assessing computing capabilities Innovative approaches to teaching and learning Online learners experiences Digital literacy and competences Scaling up digital pedagogy and innovation in the classroom: research challenges - Collaborative learning More than 70 original papers were submitted; they were reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process. The Conference Programme Committee, supported by additional expert reviewers, took responsibility for selecting papers for presentation. Notably, substantial space in the 2015 conference programme has been dedicated to a doctoral consortium chaired by Don Passey. This consortium offers PhD students a friendly forum to discuss their research, to receive constructive feedback from their peers and senior researchers, to engage in networking and to discuss questions related to research and academic life. IFIP TC3 education aims to provide an international forum for developing research and practice in computer science (informatics) education both within schools and universities, and in e-learning across all contexts from schools to the workplace. e-We are grateful to all members participating in any way in the conference and especially to: Robert Munro for organizing the review process; Fahima Djelil who oversaw the technical platform dedicated to the review workflow; Peter Hubwieser, Don Passey and Eugenijus Kurilovas for their inspiring Keynotes; again Don Passey for taking the responsibility of chairing the doctoral consortium; Andrej Brodnik and Cathy Lewin, guest editors of the special issue

of EIT and Eugenijus Kurilovas, the guest editor of the special issue of IJEER; the panel and session chairs for their facilitation of the discussions; and the members of the programme committee who provided a significant contribution to the review of papers. Many thanks to PhD student Lina Vinikienė for a normal work of formatting the conference proceedings and book of abstracts. Welcome to Vilnius and enjoy the IFIP TC3 Working Co