EDUCON2020 27–30 April, 2020,  Porto, Portugal

EDUCON2020 27–30 April, 2020,  Porto, Portugal

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Focus

Pocket Labs (or Lab in a bag/pocket, Lab at home, etc.) are a very promising opportunity especially for part-time students for managing their study efforts and time. In this context, Pocket Labs are meant to be hardware units (e.g. Digilent’s Analog Discovery 1 and 2, National Instruments’ myDAQ or myRIO, but also open microcontroller platforms such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi), in combination with software management and programming tools. They enable students to do a reasonable part of their time- consuming work at home and – even more important – at a self-defined time.

Remote Labs have been developed by several universities and offer flexibility in terms of place, time and learning pace. Additionally, they allow students to have access to more complex real experimental setups and offer the possibility for a more efficient sharing of resources across institutions. A well-known example for a Remote Lab is the already widespread VISIR platform, developed by Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (BTH) and used by various Universities in Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Sweden, and Austria

Remote and Pocket Labs are predestinated to be a promising platform for enforcing technology- enhanced as well as mobile learning; especially at Universities of Applied Sciences, where practical work is a big issue. They contribute in keeping the entire study program more practice-oriented and potentially increasing student’s motivation and satisfaction.

Topics of Interest

In this special session, we expect to receive proposals of best-practice examples and experiences concerning the use of Pocket and Remote Labs covering a broad variety of hardware and software solutions. Papers (5 to 10) should cover the topics:

  • Hardware: Which platform is used (and why), what are the (yearly) financial efforts for providing it? Is there one single platform used or more?
  • Ownership: Will the Pocket Lab belong to the students after finishing their projects or courses or will they have to return it to the University?
  • Lectures: Teaching methods, new approaches, covered topics and courses using Remote and/or Pocket Labs as well as possible combinations of both.
  • vSoftware: Which tools (programming languages, measurement apps) are used in combination with Remote and/or Pocket Labs? Are they open source or commercial?
  • Feedback: What were the student’s opinions? Was it possible for them to define at least a part of their workload themselves?

Submission

All submission-related information can be found here: http://educon-conference.org/current/paper_preparation.php.

Technical Program Committee

Chairs

Members

  • Mario Bochicchio, Università del Salento, Italy
  • Félix García Loro, National Distance Education University, Spain
  • Javier García Zubía, Universidad de Deusto, Spain
  • Unai Hernández Jayo, Universidad de Deusto, Spain
  • Wlodek Kulesza, Blekinge Tekniska Högskolan, Sweden
  • Antonella Longo, Università del Salento, Italy
  • Christian Madritsch, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Andreas Pester, free Researcher, Austria

Important Dates

04 Nov 2019Extended:
Abstract submission, Proposals for Special Sessions, Panels and Workshops
18 Nov 2019Invitation to submit complete papers
15 Dec 2019Complete paper upload for accepted abstracts (main conference)
Submission of complete papers for Special Sessions, Work In Progress and Student Poster (no abstracts)
21 Jan 2020Notification of Acceptance,
Author Registration open
17 Feb 2020Author/Early Bird registration,
Camera-ready submission for all submission types
27 Apr 2020Pre-conference Workshops
28 Apr 2020Conference Opening

Important Dates

04 Nov 2019Extended:
Abstract submission, Proposals for Special Sessions, Panels and Workshops
18 Nov 2019Invitation to submit complete papers
15 Dec 2019Complete paper upload for accepted abstracts (main conference)
Submission of complete papers for Special Sessions, Work In Progress and Student Poster (no abstracts)
21 Jan 2020Notification of Acceptance,
Author Registration open
17 Feb 2020Author/Early Bird registration,
Camera-ready submission for all submission types
27 Apr 2020Pre-conference Workshops
28 Apr 2020Conference Opening

Contact

EDUCON Clearing house
info@educon-conference.org

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