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The Workshop on Education and Social Science Technologies (WESST)
July 19-21, 2017 – National University of Singapore

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As data and analytics technologies transform education and the social sciences, we have an unprecedented opportunity to effect positive change in both these fields. To explore this opportunity, we are pleased to host our inaugural WESST workshop on 19-21 July at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

WESST is co-hosted by the School of Computing (SoC) and the Institute for the Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET) at NUS. Over three days, the event will include tutorials and workshops from some of the world’s leading voices in education and social science technology. It will also include a competition for students and researchers with an interest in these technologies.

In addition to highlighting case studies from around the world, we will also showcase how NUS is leading the way in education technology. For example, we will discuss how ALSET is tearing down institutional barriers and assembling one of the most comprehensive educational datasets of its kind, thereby supporting cutting-edge research on the long-term impact of learning interventions.

WESST 2017 builds upon the previous technical programme and expertise of organising the 2015 Workshop Technology for Teaching at Scale, which featured talks on educational technology from leaders in the field.

 

 

Schedule

WESST 2017 will be a three-day workshop featuring key themes in educational technology and computational social sciences.

WESST’s educational focus will address three interwoven themes: 1) Using data to understand students, 2) Designing interactive systems to help students, and 3) Intervening to help students.

The preliminary program (current as of 20 June) is:

19 Jul Full-day Parallel Tutorial Sessions on data analytics, social media analytics, natural language processing, and factor analysis.  This includes an introduction to the NUS ALSET data lake, as well as a competition for students and researchers (details to be announced soon).  Venue will be at the STMI and CHI classrooms at Level 3 of the I-Cube building (21 Heng Mui Keng Terrance).

20-21 Jul Invited Research Workshop featuring global and local experts in educational technology and computational social sciences, giving keynote addresses, interwoven with Grand Challenge Talks featuring perspectives from stakeholders in government, policy, administration, and research in business, social sciences, and the humanities.   The venue will be Lecture Theatre 19 (LT 19).

Here’s the detailed but preliminary schedule. For best results, view in a weekly format. You can also add this public Google Calendar to your systems using this link.

News

Critical directions for learning analytics research and practice

Prof. Dragan Gašević will be giving the following invited talk at WESST! Critical directions for learning analytics research and practice The analysis of data collected from user interactions with educational and information technology has attracted much attention as a promising approach for advancing our understanding of the learning process. This promise motivated the emergence of …

Technology Support for Effective Team-Based Learning in Online Education

Prof. Carolyn Rosé will be giving the following invited talk at WESST! Technology Support for Effective Team-Based Learning in Online Education Computational Discourse Analysis is an active area of Learning Analytics that offers real time insights into social processes that impact learning and performance in online courses. This talk reports on research that leverages this …

Contact

Local Organizers:

  • Chris Boesch, NUS Institute of Application of Learning Sciences and Educational Technologies (ALSET)
  • Min-Yen Kan, School of Computing, Department of Computer Science and NUS Institute of Application of Learning Sciences and Educational Technologies (ALSET)
  • Tuan Q Phan, School of Computing, Department of Information Systems
  • Joseph Jay Williams, School of Computing, Department of Information Systems

Contact Min for any inquiries regarding WESST 2017.  Registration is coming soon.

Steering Committee:

  • Robert Kamei, Director, NUS ALSET
  • Kian Lee Tan, Head, Department of Computer Science