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C1 An Intensive Study Programme for teaching staff

Welcome to C1, the introduction to the central theme of the CONSTRUIT! project: "Making Construals (MC)". The theme of C1, as set out in the proposal is "Familiarisation with making construals".

The principal objective of C1 is to give all members of the project team sufficient background and practical experience to contribute to the design and development of the resources for making construals to be deployed in an open online course, to appreciate how and where this course might be usefully deployed, and to assess the six claims for Making Construals ("MC") that were set out on p24 of the proposal. These resources take the form of a curriculum ("the MCC"), an environment ("the MCE") and online materials ("the MCM"). The current prototypes for the MCC and MCM can be found amongst the resources for the Introduction to Empirical Modelling course (aka "CS405") that has been taught to 4th year undergraduate and masters level students of Computer Science here at Warwick over more than ten years. The current prototype for the MCE is the 'construit' variant of the JS-EDEN interpreter.

C1 takes place in conjunction with the initial Transnational Project Meeting M1. The rationale for the M1 meeting is summarised on p30 of the proposal. This includes a reference to a 'pilot project' concerned with making a construal of Donald Michie's Matchbox Educable Noughts and Crosses Engine (MENACE) which did not take place in the form anticipated. Appropriate resources relating to MENACE have nevertheless been developed, and these will be the focus for further work over the course of C1. The plan for C1 sessions will be developed in an empirical style, drawing on existing teaching resources to be critically assessed and adapted in the light of feedback from the participants. Links to resources will be introduced into the timetable below as they become relevant.

Session/Day Time Room Content Tutors Notes
S1 Thursday 17.00 - 18.30 CS0.07

Welcome and Intro to C1 (Mike, Meurig, Steve)

Orientation on Making Construals - basic orientation and concepts


Progression of ideas for curriculum

S2 Thursday


19.45 - 21.00 CS0.07

The Fundamental Diagram of Empirical Modelling

Practical experiments in installing tkeden on personal laptops (!) and reflections on oxoGardner1999



Some exercises on the OXO laboratory

S3 Friday


09.30 - 11.00 CS0.07 From observables, dependency and agency to functions, definitions and actions AW, JF

Web EDEN examples

S4 Friday


11.30 - 12.30 CS101

Scripts as texts and as 'fuzzy blobs'

The Sudoku Experience workshops in Web EDEN

AW, JF  

S5 Friday


13.30 - 15.00 CS0.07

Introducing JS-EDEN in the 'master' version - Lab 3 from CS405 October 2013


S6 Friday


15.30 - 16.45 CS0.07

An exercise in construal comprehension - noughts-and-crosses in JS-EDEN

The MENACE project conception

EH, JF, KK  

S7 Friday


17.00 - 18.15



Review of some existing construals (Russell and Ashley)

Welcome for TPM1* (Mike, Meurig, Steve)


S8 Friday


19.30 - 21.00 CS0.07

Intro to MC/EM + Project for all, overview of people and activities

Presentation on CaS from Sue Sentance

[We had originally proposed to introduce some EM alumni, including the members of the 'MC Quartet', at this point in the programme, but time was too short. Here are links to invited CS405 lectures by Antony Harfield, Charles Care and Karl King.]


S9 Saturday


09.30 - 11.00


TPM1 Strategy: perspectives from Piet Kommers, Dimitris Alimisis, Erkki Sutinen, Peter Tomcsanyi, Hamish Macleod, Steve Russ, Karl King




S10 Saturday


11.30 - 12.30 CS0.07 Rene Alimisi: The dissemination strategy    

S11 Saturday


14.00 - 15.30


TPM1*: Management

Integrating the partners, the grant agreement and logistics, contingency plans


EH +

S12 Saturday 16.00   End of session    

S13 Sunday


09.30 - 11.00 CS0.07

TPM1: Implementation

Identifying 'workpackages' and teams (e.g. SciFest, Website,), brainstorming etc


S14 Sunday


11.30 - 12.30 CS0.07 TPM1*: Review and closing session EH, AW  

S15 Sunday


13.30 - 15.00 CS0.07

Subgroup discussions: Making Construals issues, the MCE and the website




S16 Sunday


15.30 - 17.00 CS1.01 The construal of CONSTRUIIT! - adding a personal slide (and controversies!)    
  17.30 - chez Beynon

Supper and social

Violin sonatas Brahms no 1 in G Major / Mozart no 15 in B flat


S17 Monday


09.30 - 11.00 H1.48

Peter Tomcsanyi: informatics Education at Comenius UNiversity

Andres Moreno: EdTech research at UEF and SciFest


S18 Monday


11.30 - 12.30 C006

The Jugs variations / Clayton Tunnel Railway Animation / Erlkoenig posters

As exhibited at a Kaleidoscope meeting in 2005

JF, CC  

S19 Monday


13.45 - 17.00 T & L Grid

A session devoted to assessment and evaluation incorporating a seminar by Dr Hamish Macleod (University of Edinburgh) relating to the Manifesto for Teaching Online + Piet Kommers on Learning the Unknown

Slides for these presentations are available here

  Jeff Hayward on the future of online HE

S20 Monday


17.30 - 18.30 C006

Reviewing the Intellectual Outputs

Framing the curriculum and the setting for evaluating making construals - what educational context(s) and target groups?

JF, CC  

S21 Monday


20.00 - 21.00 C007/6 Further discussion of the framing problem AW, RB  

S22 Tuesday


09.30 - 11.30 CS1.01

More about EM resources

Next steps ... , review and feedback

  WMB's personal perspective on "Matters arising"



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