Preparatory workshop, January 2014, Kick-off


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Preparatory workshop, January 2014, Kick-off

  1. 1. IMPDET-LE Preparatory Workshop Jarkko Suhonen School of Computing University of Eastern Finland January 7, 2014
  2. 2. Intro - edTechΔ research group
  3. 3. edTechΔ - Basic facts Established in early 2000 5 Senior researchers > 25 PhD students Extensive international collaboration network Over 8 M€ of external funding (since 2001) In average 23 peer-reviewed publications per year (since 2001)
  4. 4. Research focus @ edTechΔ Open & Distance Learning HIV/AIDS Education Computer Science Education Educationa l Games Leadership Sentiment and opinion mining Robotics Digital story telling & NLP Semi-automatic assessment of essays SURA YA UKMWI The Faces of AIDS Jeliot Contextaware mobile games in museums, mobile games for forestry education, UFractions Mining opinions of customers via social media tools Detecting emotions in texts Theatre robotics Smart Design & Content Participatory, strength-based, intercontextual, sustainable design & analysis methods, ViSCoS – first year online CS studies NETAIDS in Uganda Contextualise d IT education, Social media tools for collaborative learning Hypercontext ualised game design Tools for automatic analysis and visualisation of customer feedback Prototypes for analysing learner’ opinions and emotions (plans for future work) Open data mining to support teachers in robotics classes
  5. 5. SURA YA UKMWI – The Faces of AIDS
  6. 6. Jeliot
  7. 7. Mobile game in forestry education: EntVenture
  8. 8. Story based mobile game for mathematics: UFractions
  9. 9. Outreaching activities - SciFest International Annual SciFest - Festival of Science and Technology
  11. 11. The main research interests 1. Real-life computing innovations in education 1. Digital story telling & narratives 2. Learning analytics - novel text mining and data mining applications in education 3. Smart design: participatory, strength-based, intercontextual, sustainable design & analysis methods
  12. 12. Study requirements in Computer Science - 1 1) Doctoral dissertation – Article-based (preferred) Part I: Introduction Part II: 5-7 published papers in peer-reviewed scientific forums – – – co-written with the supervisor, other doctoral students, senior researcher or other collaborators Monograph • – scientific journals, conferences, and book chapters with blind peer-review process on full papers Needs to include references to 5-6 published articles by the candidate Suggested publication forums listed in the IMPDET-LE wiki (JUFO 1,2,3) • • – List of journals: List of conferences: Publicly defended
  13. 13. Study requirements in Computer Science - 2 2) Course work – 30 ECTS • 4 ECTS General postgraduate studies – Scientific writing – Scientific presentation skills • 26 ECTS Research specific studies – Diverse ways to complete • Online and campus-based courses • Relevant courses completed outside of UEF (summer schools, MOOCs, etc.) • Individual scholarly tasks and learning activities, • online research seminars (edTech research day)
  14. 14. Applying • Computer Science candidates of IMPDET-LE apply to ECSE – East Finland Doctoral Programme in Computer Science and Engineering • Deadlines: February 28, May 31, August 31, November 30 • Application documents – Filled out application form – Copies of your Master's degree certificate and transcript of academic records. If the degree certificate is awarded by another university than University of Eastern Finland, the copies must be certified – Research proposal – Study work plan – Prove of English proficiency in the case of foreign applicants
  15. 15. English language requirements • Foreign applicants must prove their English language proficiency by any of the following language tests – PTE (Academic), minimum of 59 – TOEFL, minimum PBT 580 and in writing minimum of 4 / IBT 90 and in writing minimum of 22 – IELTS (Academic), minimum overall score 6.5, in writing minimum of 5,5 • The English language test is not required for applicants who have completed their previous higher education studies in English OR taken the matriculation examination in English language in Finland (IB degree or English as A1 language) OR conducted their secondary education in English • An official statement given by that institution and indicating that the medium of instruction of the previous studies has been English must be included to the application
  16. 16. About study times • No upper limit for the study time => the study right is valid as long as the doctoral student remembers to register each study year (absent, present) • Expectations in the edTech group – Full-time students (funding available for the studies) => expected completion time: 4 years – Part-time student (study while working or hired to work with a project not directly related to PhD studies) => expected completion time: 6-7 years => Serious discussion after eight years of studying