Inquiry to Innovation: Approaches to Teaching STEM Practice at a distance
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30 May 2012
Inquiry to Innovation: Approaches to Teaching STEM Practice at a distance eSTEeM
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 Brazilian National Secretary for Science, Technology and Innovation and who is visiting the Institute of Education 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.’
11-40 am Ronaldo Mota Independent Learning: An educational strategy to prepare students for Innovation in Brazil
This paper attempts to present remarks about the Brazilian educational landscape with emphasis on the formation of professionals able to face the challenges associated with a world where innovation is a central priority for a sustainable social and economical development. A knowledge management scheme is presented and the traditional straight line connecting science, technology and innovation is proposed to be replaced by a circle, where innovation is simultaneously the end and the beginning of the creative process. The building of the school in Athens in IV century B.C., the book resulting from the invention of the printing press in XV century and the digital technologies nowadays are presented as the three elements symbolically representing the great educational revolutions and specific discussions are presented concerning the last one concerning their roles in our contemporary society. The independent learning methodology is presented here as an appropriate strategy to prepare students and to contribute to the formation of professionals able to face the challenges associated with a new Brazilian scene where innovation and entrepreneurship are central priorities.