TWSIA Winner: Learning Tools Designed and Built by Students, for Students

A session at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai)

Tuesday 4th June, 2013

11:00am to 11:45am (PST)

In January, 60 second and third year computer science students from the Faculteit der Natuurwetenschappen, Wiskunde en Informatica (FNWI) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) created Educational tools. They worked full time for a month on a graded exercise building learning tools which appear inside Sakai CLE and other Learning Management Systems (LMS). The tool built was social, applied to teaching in local Lectures halls.

Aspiration: The exercise lays the foundation for researchers and practitioners that will later innovate.

The two overriding innovations were:
1) Cut the middleman out. Students designing tools that students need, giving room to unexpected ideas.
2) Students are immersed in the vibrant and purposeful Apereo community, focusing on software engineering and learning, opening doors to student projects at different international locations.

About the speakers

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Alan Berg

Educational Consultant

Alan Berg Bsc. MSc. PGCE, works within the Innovation Work Group at the University of Amsterdam's Informatersingscentruim. He is currently interested in Learning Analytic's and generally getting stuff done. Alan has also been a lead developer at the Central Computer Services at the University of Amsterdam since 1998. He is also a member of the Technical Coordination Council, Sakai fellow and was once a Quality Assurance Director for Sakai.

In his spare time, he is a technical consultant, writes articles, book reviews and has authored three books, two of which were with the Sakai community, the third on Continuous Integration. Alan has a degree, two masters and a teaching qualification. In previous incarnations, he was a technical writer, an Internet/Linux course writer, and a science teacher. He likes to get his hands dirty with the building and gluing of systems. He remains agile by playing computer games with his sons who (sadly) consistently beat him physically, mentally and morally at least twice in any given day.

Examples of authoring efforts:

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Dr. Hans Dekkers

Coordinator, Software Engineering & Head of Lecturers, Inst. of Informatics

Drs. Hans Dekkers, MSc coordinator Software Engineering, head of lecturers in the Institute of Informatics at the UvA. Professional software engineer since 1994. Background in programming, analysis, management and global software development. Everyday surprised to find myself being a full time teacher and to love it. Connecting with these students, helping them to get better, to challenge and motivate them. To share my passion about software engineering.

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8 attendees

  • Adam Hauerwas
  • Angela Rabuck
  • Alan Berg
  • David Bauer
  • Francesca
  • Hans Dekkers
  • Jerry Timbrook
  • Kyle Murphy

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  • MarilynD
  • José Mariano Luján
  • Karen McPhaul

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Time 11:00am11:45am PST

Date Tue 4th June 2013


Crystal II, The Westin San Diego

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Books by speaker

  • Jenkins Continuous Integration Cookbook
  • Sakai CLE Courseware Management: The Official Guide

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