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Is Immersion in E-learning possible?

  • Speaker: Dr. Alexandra Cristea, Department Of Computer Science, Warwick University.
  • Date: Wednesday, 17 December 2014 from 13:00 to 14:00
  • Location: Room 151, Birkbeck Main Building

In e-learning, immersion is a concept based on the psychological concept of flow: learners 'are so engaged in learning, that time and fatigue disappear'. We mostly know this experience from online and offline games. The challenge is to create e-learning offers that can lead to a similar intense involvement. This seems to be an impossible challenge for educational software, and thus represents almost a holy grail for online education. This is especially relevant now, with the rising of MOOCs, such as Corsera in the US and FutureLearn in Europe, backed up strongly, in a top-down fashion, by current politicians, but which suffer greatly from extremely high dropout rates. This talk will explore e-learning methods and tools which attempt to address this ultimate goal, and especially look at recent, state of the art research products.

Bio: Dr. Cristea is Associate Professor (Reader) and Head of the Intelligent and Adaptive Systems research group at Warwick University. Her research includes user modelling, personalisation, semantic & social web, authoring (over 200 papers, over 2600 citations on Google Scholar). She is ranked within first 50 researchers in Computer Education by Microsoft Academic. She has led various projects - EU Minerva projects ALS (06-09), ADAPT ('02-'05); Warwick-funded project APLIC (11-12) and been a partner in BLOGFOREVER ('11-'13), GRAPPLE ('08-'11), PROLEARN ('07), (BBC-featured) Assistance Technologies ('13-'15) . She has been organizer of workshops, co-organizer, panelist and program committee member of various conferences in her research field (including, for example, UMAP, ED-MEDIA, Hypertext, Adaptive Hypermedia, ICCE, ICAI). She has given invited talks in various countries She acted as UNESCO expert (Ministry of Education and Educational institutes), as well as EU expert for FP6, FP7, eContentPlus. She is a BCS fellow, and an IEEE and IEEE CS member.