Approaches to teach STEM practice at a distance – event at the Open University

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The eSTEem department at the Open University UK is hosting an event on the 27th June from 10-12:30 at the Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2 (Walton Hall, Milton Keynes). All welcome.
“Approaches to teach STEM practice at a distance”.  Speakers include Dr  Ronaldo Mota, former Secretary for Science, Education and Technology in Brazil.

eLC Meeting 27th June

 Inquiry to Innovation

Approaches to teaching STEM Practice at a distance.

Within many areas of society, we are in middle of a change in the norms of professional practice – it is increasingly common for colleagues to collaborate and to practice online. They are no longer as strictly bound by the need for co-location with equipment or data. Conversations and other activities are supported electronically. This shift in normal professional practice offers opportunity to provide a richer, more authentic learning experience to our students. Scientific inquiry can be facilitated by remote facilities or data streams from central facilities. Crowd sourcing can be used in some scientific areas. Within engineering, similar arguments apply, and there is growing interest in collaborative online design and innovation. Within this eLC meeting we will argue that we are now in a position to move towards being a university of both learning and practice. The talks will include a presentation from Dr Ronaldo Mota, who is the former  Brazilian National Secretary for Science, Technology and Innovation and who is visiting the Institute of Education in London for a year.

10-00 am    Introduction

10-10 am    Steve Swithenby       ‘The Wolfson Open Science Laboratory’ will offer online access to authentic science practice.

10-30 am    Anne Adams             ‘Out There – In Here – field science inquiry carried out by separated collaborating groups.’

10-50 am    Mark Endean           ‘The engineering project module – managing student collaboration in an online environment.’

11-10 am    Derek Jones              ‘Seeding and maintaining an online design community.’

Short break

11-40 am       Ronaldo Mota      ” Independent Learning: An educational strategy to prepare STEM students for Innovation in Brazil Scenario”

12-30 Close

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