Introduction to Educational Informatics - 175613

Johdatus didaktiseen tietojenkäsittelytieteeseen - 175613

Course credits: 6op/3,5ov

Basic information on the course

The course is compulsory for the students following the new Study Plan in "opetusteknologian maisterilinja" as also for the students following the “teacher line”. It is also highly reecommended to all those who write their Master Thesis under the supervision of Professor Sutinen, adding some practical benefits to the preparation of the thesis. This course replaces “Education Technology of the Computer Science" (Tietoteknikan Opetusteknologia) - 173304. The course might be driven in English once at least one foreign student will participate to the course.

The course is kept by Professor Erkki Sutinen. Gaetano La Russa is going to serve as assistant.

The reception hours are:

Time and Room
Erkki Sutinen Tuesday 13:00-14:00 , B334
Gaetano La Russa Tuesday 11:00-13:00 , B339

The first course frame-seminar is going to be kept on 14th September 2006, 14:00-17:00, in Room 2D106B. The course timetable will be defined during the meeting.

Short introduction to the course

In Finnish

Mitä on didaktinen tietojenkäsittelytiede? Monitieteellisyyden haasteet. Alan ajankohtaiset näkökulmat. Opintojen ja pro gradu -tutkielman eteneminen; esim. pro gradu -tutkielmien yhteinen ohjaus (mitä gradu pitää sisällään? mikä on hyvä tutkielma? jne). Pro gradu -tutkielman etenemisen esittely vähintään kolme kertaa: (1) tutkimusongelma, tutkimusmetodit ja jäsennys, (2) kirjallisuuskatsaus ja tausta, (3) kokonainen luku. Suoritusmuoto: kuukausittain kokoontuva runkoseminaari johon osallistutaan koko maisteriohjelman ajan (mukana linjan alumneja ja vierailevia tutkijoita).

In English

What is didactic computer science? What are the challenges of multidisciplinarity? What are the current topics of the domain? In this course the preceding questions will be answered and master’s thesis instruction will be given on 1) identifying research questions, 2) writing literature reviews and background, and 3) presenting results and discussion sections. The course will be conducted via monthly seminars throughout the period of students’ master studies.

Seminars Timetable

Date Time Room
11 October 2006, Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 2D106B
14 November 2006, Tuesday 15:00 - 18:00 2D106B
05 December 2006, Tuesday 15:00 - 18:00 2D106B
Following Seminars to be fixed
Seminar topic for 5th December 2006:

"Multimedia Design for Education"
Video production and the evaluation, design and conceptual value as intercurricular tool in the classroom. During this contact session it will be discussed the inherent characteristics and grammar of video, the language of video , and video as a representational art. It will be considered the different types of videos, and then lay out the five phases of such a media project namely the Development of the Idea, Preproduction (the Plan), Production (Action), Postproduction (Edit), and Distribution (Showing).

Potential topics for M.Sc. thesis

Here are some ideas and concepts that are worthwhile considering as a Master Thesis topic (the list will be updated throughout the duration of the course). Where available follow the links. It is advised to visit the EdTech web pages to get an overview on the existing research activities of the Educational Technology in Computer Science team.

Outsourcing homework
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Computer Science Education Research Methods
The goal of this line of research is to refine and promote best practices in behavioral-science-oriented computer science education research

Serious Games
Learn and play. Contextualized ICT game applications for a diversity of users of our Information Society. Virtual Worlds and Mobile Games. Creation of new game alternatives, focusing in the cultural element of the games and searching to expand the use of different semiotics into the game creation.

Global Netiquette
Is it possible to find a set of rules that would be common to all the users of the Internet, in all their cultural diversity?". That is, is there a "lowest common denominator" for the rules of the net that would be generally agreed upon across cultures?

Social Studies of Computer Science
In short: "How do computer scientists work and how should they work?". The research field includes, for instance, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, and history of computer science.


List of Journals for EdTech interests

The following linked page provides links to journals that are relevant for students and researchers in the field of Educational Technology for Computer Science. The journals are either available online or through the library e-services (as for example the Ex Libris).


PhD dissertation: Friday 20th October 2006

The PhD candidate Matti Tedre successfully defended his thesis against Professor Johannes Cronje (University of Pretoria, South Africa).
The topic of Social Studies of Computer Science provided deep highlights on the scientific approach in/to Computer Science (CS) and the role of CS in the developing society. The argument is adviced for a Master thesis.

last update: 2 November 2006