• Metaverse for Engineering Education and Training

    Metaverse is primed to find its applications in a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, construction, social events, etc. Education, in particular, engineering education is expected to benefit from the metaverse to provide immersive, collaborative and engaging learner experiences. The studies have proved that student retention time and the learning rate is improved through the use of immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality. The element of social connection through the metaverse is supposed to further enhance student learning and experience. In this tutorial, we will present the background knowledge about the metaverse, the elements that make a metaverse, and the applications of the metaverse. The highlight of this tutorial will be the presentation of a case study in which we will present how we are using augmented reality, virtual reality and metaverse to train our students and researchers on state-of-the-art multimillion-pound equipment that has enabled remote and mass accessibility of these facilities. Towards the end, we will present some of the challenges faced by today's metaverse and
    share our vision for the future.

  • How to Gamify Your STEM Classes

    The low performance and drop-outs in STEM classes are frequently attributed to lack of student motivation and engagement. Meanwhile, gamification increasingly attracts the interest of educators due to its potential to foster motivation and behavioral changes in learning contexts. Accordingly, this tutorial will introduce the concept of gamification and its use in education based on OneUp Learning, a platform aimed at gamifying academic courses. OneUp is focused on encouraging students’ out-of-class practice and increasing their overall engagement in a course through employing game design strategies and elements. The tutorial participants will gain practical knowledge on designing and implementing gamified courses.

  • Educational Recommender Systems

    With the development of data science and artificial intelligence technologies, technology enhanced learning (TEL) became one of the promising areas in educational research and practice. Personalized learning and educational recommender systems, as a result, emerged as one of major contributions in TEL. Recommender systems (RecSys) have been widely applied in Internet applications, such as e-commerce (Amazon.com, eBay, etc.), online streaming (Youtube, Netflix, Spotify, etc.), social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). These applications have demonstrated the success of RecSys in assisting users' decision making and enhancing user experience by delivering a list of personalized recommendations. In the past decades, RecSys have also been introduced to the area of education, in order to deliver experience of personalized learning, recommend appropriate books/informal learning materials/after-school programs, balance the needs of multiple educational stakeholders (e.g., students, instructors, parents, publishers, etc.), and so forth. Due to the importance and success by RecSys in the area of educations, it is necessary to give such a tutorial at IEEE EDUCON conference and share the knowledge and experiences with the community of EDUCON. This tutorial will deliver background, motivations, knowledge & skills of educational recommender systems to the audience, as well as a summary of challenges and future work in this area.

  • Guidelines on Publishing in Engineering Education Journals

    Learn more about scientific writing, especially how to publish an article in a top journal of engineering education. We present insights in structuring and clarifying a contribution in multiple dimensions. Together, we discuss and elaborate on all things you need to think about when writing your scientific contribution. The structure is just the basis. We go beyond structure and explain and guide in-depth to structure the content to make sure your paper presents scientific results with impact to the community. We advise a scientific paper's structure and what needs to be included in each section to meet the editors, reviews, and readers' expectations-going into details such as presenting figures and tables in an impactful, practical way. Tailoring your scientific contribution to the community of engineering education.