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2022_12_16 «Informatics – A Fundamental Discipline for the 21st Century»

  1. 1. Informatics A Fundamental Discipline for the 21st Century Michael E. Caspersen Director, It-vest – networking universities Honorary Professor, Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University Special adviser for Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager of the European Commission eMadrid Network Madrid, 16th December 2022
  2. 2. April, 2019
  3. 3. • Ongoing work since 2012 • Formally founded in 2018 by • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Europe Council • Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) – GI and 28 other national IT societies • Informatics Europe – 160+ universities and research centres • The International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) joined in 2020 • To advocate for the inclusion of informatics as a foundational discipline in schools across Europe • Chair: Wendy Hall • ACM Europe Council: Judith Gal-Ezer and Andrew McGettrick • Informatics Europe: Michael E. Caspersen and Enrico Nardelli • CEPIS: Gerald Futschek and Luis Fernandes-Sanz • IFIP (TC3): Don Passey and Mary Webb • Advisor: Bobby Schnabel • Activities described on the site Informatics for All – a joint European endeavour
  4. 4. Brussels, March 2018 CECE, 2013-2017 (Committee on European Computing Education) 2017 2013 Presented to the European Commission Brussels, April 2022
  5. 5. The top-three priorities for 2020-2030 Digital education Green transition Resilience
  6. 6. Digital Education Action Plan (DEAP) 2021-2027 Update of DEAP • A top priority in Ursula von der Leyens Mission Letter to Mariya Gabriel in 2019 when the new EC was formed. Action 10 A focus on inclusive high-quality computing education (informatics) at all levels of education. 2018 Proposal for A coherent vision and shared terminology related to providing informatics to all students in Europe. as requested in action 10 of DEAP.
  7. 7. Michael E. Caspersen (Chair) It-vest – networking universities, Denmark Ira Diethelm University of Oldenburg, Germany Judith Gal-Ezer The Open University of Israel Andrew McGettrick Strathclyde University, Scotland Enrico Nardelli University of Roma, “Tor Vergata” Don Passey Lancaster University, UK Branislav Rovan Comenius University, Slovakia Mary Webb King’s College London, UK Informatics Reference Framework for School Developed by “Group of 8”
  8. 8. Broad consultation June – September 2021 Feedback from the networks of the four organisations behind the Informatics for All coalition and from 14 countries across Europe. Integration of feedback and preparation of current version September 2021 – February 2022 Informatics Reference Framework for School Key activity 2020-2022 Preparation of interim version October 2020 – June 2021
  9. 9. Informatics Reference Framework for School Characteristics • Synthetic and short • 17 pages • A minimum set of high-level common requirements • Room for national communities to derive curricula tuned to local culture and needs while coherent with a common European vision of Informatics in School • An enduring foundation of 11 core topics • Foundational and invariant terms possessing temporal robustness • Contemporary context and implications • A brief contemporary interpretation of the core topics illustrating richness, relevance for all (potential specialisation topics) • Indicators of outcomes (annex) • These are not intended to be prescriptive and are provided for illustrative purposes only to stimulate thinking and action of cirricula designers. • Future work • Guidelines for using the framework (ready) • Further elaboration on specialisation topics (in progress) 11 Core topics Data and information Algorithms Programming Computing Systems Networks and communication Human-computer interaction Design and development Digital creativity Modelling and simulation Privacy, safety and security Responsibility and empowerment
  10. 10. Inclusion, diversity and gender remain important issues in informatics education. Inclusion is a fundamental principle. Diversity is a feature of inclusion. Gender concern is an issue of diversity. The gender issue is a particular concern; engagement with informatics at an early age can promote self-efficacy and tackle gender stereotyping before prevailing views become entrenched. Compulsory informatics education counteracts a tendency for girls to opt out and puts the onus on curriculum developers and teachers to create a curriculum that engages girls as well as boys.
  11. 11. 4.2 Aims and objectives At the end of upper secondary education, pupils will skilfully be able to: 1.Use digital tools in a conscious, responsible, confident, competent, and creative way. 2.Understand the principles and practices of informatics and their multifaceted applications. 3.Analyse, design, frame and solve problems "informatically" . 4.Creatively develop computational models to investigate and communicate about phenomena and systems. 5.Identify and discuss ethical and social issues associated with computational systems and their use, potential benefits, and risks. More elaborate version on page 5 of the document.
  12. 12. 4.3 Core topics Core topic areas Description Data and information Understand how data are collected, organised, analysed and used to model, represent and visualise information about real-world artefacts and scenarios. Human-computer interaction Evaluate, specify, develop and understand interaction between people and computing artefacts. Responsibility and empowerment Critically and constructively analyse concrete computing artefacts as well as advanced and potentially controversial techniques and applications of informatics, particularly from an ethical and social perspective. All 11 core topics are described using succinct descriptors (see table 1, page 6).
  13. 13. The report provides insights into how informatics can be integrated as a fundamental and scientific discipline in school education in Europe. The status quo of informatics in school is analysed according to the Informatics Reference Framework for School published earlier this year by the Informatics for All coalition. Published 21th September 2022
  14. 14. - Reference year: 2020/2021 - Primary, general lower and upper secondary education. - Informatics as a distinctive discipline (separate subject or integrated into other subjects). - 39 education systems in 27 EU member states and 10 other Erasmus+ countries. Scope and methodology
  15. 15. The second tier Integration of informatics in other disciplines e.g., natural science education
  16. 16. Mathematics Informatics The Vision Informatics is a new aspect of ‘bildung’ – a new fundamental competence for all Mathematics is (primarily) the language of the natural sciences Informatics is a language of all disciplines Informatics Chinese History Physics Chemistry Social science Classical history Music Biology Geology Art English Literature Marketing Biotechnology Psychology German ... Philosophy Spanish Design Geography Economics Language becoming
  17. 17. Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s Rosenkjær Lectures Peter Naur (1928-2016) Turing Laureate (2005) ... da kan man ikke være i tvivl om at datalogien må have en plads i almenuddannelsen. For at nå ̊ til en rimelig forestilling om hvordan denne placering bør være er det naturligt at sammenligne med fag af lignende karakter. Man vil da nå frem til sproglære og matematik, som er de nærmeste analoge. Fælles for de tre emner er også deres karakter af redskaber for mange andre fag. To conceive the proper place of ‘datalogi’ in the curriculum, it is natural to compare with subjects of similar character. One will then realise, that languages and mathematics are the closest analogies. Common for the three is also their character as tools for many other subjects. 1966-67
  18. 18. Spoken language Written language Mathematical language Computational language Informatics as a fundamental discipline A new language – a new cultural technique
  19. 19. It is indeed too odd for words that half's three quarters of two thirds. - Piet Hein Natural vs. mathematical language
  20. 20. Central Stochastic methods, differential equations and lots of other “good stuff” 40 pages of non-trivial mathematics Decentral Simple local rule: (a+b) / 2 Emergence and dynamics "for free" Agent-based modelling (ABM) Mathematical vs. computational language Wave model
  21. 21. Decentral Simple local rule Emergence and dynamics "for free" Agent-based modelleling (ABM) March 14, 2020 Mathematical vs. computational language (2) Central Stochastic methods, differential equations and lots of other “good stuff” 25 pages of non-trivial mathematics Epidemic model
  22. 22. 1st ABM example : Spread of infection (2) Description of the phenomenon at agent level – a local model Agent-based modelling Transparent and accessible for all Description of the phenomenon at systems level – a centralised model Mathematical analysis vs. agent-based modelling Accessible for very, very few people Coupled differential equations
  23. 23. 1st ABM example: Spread of infection (1) Infected Immune Receptive Spread of infection Time Persons
  24. 24. One of the most difficult things in science (and any other discipline) is to model the dynamics of processes of system components. Modelling the dynamics of (complex) systems But it is also a highly motivating way to approach the material, to experiment and experience the subject matter to understand details and large contexts.
  25. 25. Beyond the Centralized Mindset Seymour Papert and one turtle Mitch Resnick and 1,000 turtles Logo, 1967 StarLogo (PhD, 1992) Uri Wilensky (and a dolphin) NetLogo (PhD, 1993)
  26. 26. Agent-based modelling (ABM) Agents have autonomy based on • properties (e.g., appearance, size, position, direction, speed) • behaviour (e.g., search south, avoid trees, follow neighbours) • Agents’ properties and behaviour define not only how they look and behave, but also how they interact with each other and their environment.
  27. 27. A White Paper from 2013 Future Directions in Computing Education Summit Part One: Important Computing Education Research Questions Palle Nowack
  28. 28. 2017 2018-2020 2018-2022 2019- Pilot project Informatics in high school subjects
  29. 29. 2nd ABM example: Tipping point – forest fire (1) Trees are the agents Green trees One rule: 1) Do nothing Red (burning) trees Two rules: 1) Ignite neighbouring trees 2) Burn out Density: 57 %
  30. 30. Density: 57 % Density: 61 % 2nd ABM example: Tipping point – forest fire (2) Repeated simulations
  31. 31. Density: 57 %: ~ 8,3 % Density: 61 %: ~ 83 % 2nd ABM example: Tipping point – forest fire (3) [ 12.7 ; 9.1 ; 8.0 ; 7.2 ; 4.4 ; 8.0 ; ... ] [ 81.5 ; 75.5 ; 84.5 ; 86.0 ; 85.8 ; ... ]
  32. 32. Systems analysis and comprehension for discovery, expression and problem solving Systemic comprehension is to see – processes and interaction rather than static pictures – connections and relations rather than individual parts Recurring systemic properties across disciplines and domains – feedback mechanisms – exponential growth – tipping points – self organisation – ...
  33. 33. Some resources for inspiration and perspective
  34. 34. Keynote Computational Literacy as a Driver for Disciplinary Renewal
  35. 35. Agent-based modeling in education by Assistant Professor Arthur Hjorth, Aarhus University
  36. 36. The CMC Approach Content – Modelling – Coding