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C6 Blended mobility of higher education students

C6 is a learning activity to be held at Warwick from Saturday 12th December 2015 (starting late afternoon) to Wednesday 16th (ending at lunchtime). The draft timetable for the five days, with an indication of who will be attending each session, is shown below.

The principal objective of C6 is to generate feedback to support the further development of the resources for Making Construals (MC). These resources take the form of a curriculum ("the MCC"), an environment ("the MCE") and online materials ("the MCM"). As reference to the project timetable indicates, C6 is intended to run in parallel with Virtual Workshop activities through which we shall engage online students interested in making construals. Attendees at C6 will subsequently be able to continue their MC studies through online engagement for which dedicated support will be available in conjunction with other scheduled teaching, learning and training activities, such as C15 at Edumotiva in April 2016 and C9 at SciFest in May 2016.

The primary focus for C6 is on two aspects of the MCC that are topical for Year 2 of CONSTRUIT! - identified as MC2a and MC2b respectively on p30 of the project proposal:

  • collaborative construal construction
  • instrumenting construals for interactive assessment and evaluation

The learning activities, which will be led by MC experts and monitored by MC consultants, represent an opportunity to give feedback on the current prototype resources for making construals with particular attention to topics MC2a and MC2b. Suggestions that can guide the future development of these resources and assist in their evaluation and deployment, especially at C9 and C15, are most welcome.

In keeping with the theme and spirit of CONSTRUIT!, the schedule (and the precise programme of activities and the resources) will always be to some extent under construction. A provisional plan is as set out below - the overall content is now fairly stable and has been revised to take account of participants' travel plans. The links to resources in the Notes / Resources column are at this stage only an approximate guide to the content of the session and will be updated in due course.

Here is a link to the version of the MCE to be deployed at C6 for which there a number of resources under development. To try out these resources (in their as yet unfinished form!) you can click on the pop up menu icon at the bottom right of the 'input' tab in the MCE and select the 'Browse Agents' option. You can then use the tick boxes to select the construal you wish to load, and click the 'Add' button. The construal will be by one or more tabs that appear in the input interface. To run the script in a given tab, select the tab with the right mouse button and click 'Run(force)' option. (Note that the input does not disappear from the tab when it has been run.) For further guidance on how to use the new MCE, consult the JSPE presentation that you can obtain by loading the mce construal. The MCE has a project management facility that you can use for storing your own work. For an explicit account of the logistics of loading and studying a construal in the MCE, consult Steve Russ's guidance on following the givingchange presentation.

Session/Day Time Venue Content Participants Notes / Resources

Saturday

12th December

16.00 - 16.30

CS Common Room


Coffee/Tea


Computer Science is on the SE quadrant of this map (if the upper edge is towards the North). Access requires a card. There will be a phone number to call in the lobby.

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/campusmap/CampusMap-onlineCrops-CENTRAL.pdf

S1 Saturday

12th December

16.30 - 18.00

CS101


Welcome and Intro to C6 (Mike, Meurig, Steve)

Introductions - Elizabeth, Jonny, Nick + other tutors TBC

Review on Making Construals and CONSTRUIT! - the story so far


NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ, CH


The ITAG tutorial paper

S2 Saturday

12th December

19.15 - 20.30 CS101

A brief overview of the resources for the open online course on making construals: the curriculum, the environment and illustrative materials

CONSTRUIT! partner and collaborator perspectives: UEF, Edumotiva, Edinburgh, NCCA

UEF:8

NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ, CH

For the curriculum, a framework that was described at WiPSCE 2015 seems helpful. Here are some preliminary notes on this. This could potentially be the subject of a collaborative paper from our consortium for the next WiPSCE meeting in Munster from October 12-14 in 2016 (see footnote*).

Here are some slides about the CONSTRUIT! environment and some slides about the thinking behind it. There is further documentation on the CONSTRUIT! environment at this wiki on the github - see, for instance: https://github.com/EMGroup/js-eden/wiki/Script-View-Plugin.

           

S3 Sunday

13th December

10.00 - 12.30 CS101 Introduction to the CONSTRUIT! environment

UEF:8

Comenius:5

NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ, CH

Ant Harfield's workshop from C2 revisited (here and below the term 'revisited' indicates that the resources will be revised to use the latest version of the environment for making construals) was intended to be the introductory exercise for C6, but proved too hard to revise in time!

MCE: c2/intro was Nick Pope's original attempt to adapt Ant's worksheet

Other versions were later produced by JF and MB - see e.g. jf/c2/intro

MCE: examples/triangles was an interesting spin-off by Nick Pope

The eventual form of Ant's worksheet was as deployed at C15

MCE : mce

MCE : c6/NoughtsCrosses/simpleNandC

C5 revisited

Feedback link in Moodle

      LUNCH    

S4 Sunday
13th December

13.45 - 15.45 CS101

Single- and multi-agent perspective on making construals: illustrated with reference to developing programs / constructionism (cf. Logo)

UEF:8

Comenius:5

NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ, CH

Project management guidance

The background to sessions S4-S8, and S4 in particular, may be found in Session 17 in these lecture notes.

Resources relating to constructionism and making construals.

Specific links to Jugs (see C5) and Logo (see also Nick's basic Logo interpreter).


MCE: purse

MCE: makefromscratch

S5 Sunday
13th December

16.30 - 18.30 CS101

The iTAG tutorial / the SciFest 2015 construals revisited / making a construal from scratch

UEF:8

Comenius:5

NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ, CH

The ITAG tutorial and SciFest 2015 [cf. the Project List for jseden.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/scifest] revisited


MCE: givingchange
- as introduced at C6, but limited to 8 coins change


MCE: c6/givingchange/versions1and2
- new corrected versions

(one managing the picture procedurally, the other by recursive scoping)

           

S6 Monday
14th December

10.00 - 13.00 CS101

Collaboration in the CONSTRUIT! environment

Review of existing resources relating to collaboration - exposition/demonstration/practical

UEF:8

Comenius:5

NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ, CH

Sessions S6 - S8, which make up Monday's agenda, will draw on the resources relating to the LSD notation and its interpretation as discussed in Sessions 16 and 19 in these lecture notes. The initial focus will be on two new features of the MCE - scoping and the when construct.

MCE: jugs
MCE: mario


MCE: tutorials/scoping
MCE: nick/circuit
MCE: c6/roomexercise

MCE: lift/jigsawexpt

The multilingual Construit! environment:

Finnish / Slovakian / Russian

       LUNCH    

S7 Monday

14th December

14.00 - 16.00 CS101


Brainstorming / working sessions on SciFest and making construals for school teachers

unplugged activities / Barefoot

UEF:8

Comenius:5

NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ

JW, CH

Study of primary school resources - to include discussion of e.g.:

S8 Monday

14th December

16.30 - 19.00

CS101

COA Lab

Brainstorming / working sessions on SciFest and making construals for school teachers

Programming lift operation in Scratch

Interfacing the CONSTRUIT! environment with Arduino

UEF:8

Comenius:5

NCCA:2

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ

JW, CH

Conditional statements on Scratch's stage, Rene's MA ICT thesis

Arduino interfacing led by Ilkka and Tapani (UEF) with support from Manolis, Nick, Jonny, Elizabeth

           

S9 Tuesday

15th December

10.00-

13.00

CS101

Instrumenting construals for interactive assessment and evaluation (Ilkka / Rene / Nick)

Review of existing resources relating to instrumentation - exposition/demonstration/practical

UEF:8

Comenius:5

HM, IJ, TT

RA, MZ

To include:

 
      LUNCH    

S10 Tuesday

15th December

14.00 - 16.00 CS101

Workshop on collaboration with networked workstations and tablets

general principles and practical considerations for making construals collaboratively

UEF:8

Comenius:5

HM, IJ, TT


Some ideas for activities.


MCE: hexcolouring

MCE: c6/menace/worksheetPt1 and c6/menace/worksheetPt2

Some inspiration for this session may be drawn from previous work on the distributed version of tkeden.

S11 Tuesday

15th December

16.30 - 19.00 CS101

Towards more ambitious applications, such as collaboration with networked workstations and tablets - possible topics to include:

5-a-side football, the Clayton Tunnel scenario, the Sudoku experience

UEF:8

Comenius:5

HM, IJ, TT

MCE: claytontunnel

See the precedents in the EM projects archive: footballTurner2000, claytontunnelSun1999 and http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~wmb/sudokuExperience/workshops/ (Web-EDEN)

The Lift Adventure scenario

The Erlkoenig construal (Web-EDEN)

           
S12 Wednesday

16th December

10.00 - 13.00 CS101

Review, feedback and preview - MCC, MCE, MCM

More about existing resources yet to be incorporated in CONSTRUIT! and prospects

Final conference plans (SBR/WMB)

Further agenda for SciFest preparation and future collaboration

UEF:8

Comenius:5

HM, IJ, TT

Elizabeth, Nick and Jonny to report on current status and future plans for the MCE

Giving Change activities

About the final conference - July 2017

      End of meeting    

The learning agenda for C6: a summary of the key topics and illustrative examples introduced.


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