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  • Speaker: Prof. Ljiljana Brankovic, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: Gamification of STEM courses
  • Location: Room V205, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 4:00 pm, Thu, 2nd Mar 2017
  • Abstract:
    Gamification refers to the use of elements of games in non-game contexts and has been applied in workplace, marketing, health programs and other areas, with mounting evidence of increased interest, involvement, satisfaction and performance of the participants. More recently gamification has been emerging as a teaching method that has a great potential to improve students’ motivation and engagement. Gamification in education should not be confused with playing educational games, as it only uses concepts such as points, leader boards, etc, rather than computer games themselves. In this talk we describe the gamification of a theoretical computer science course we performed in 2014/2015/2016 as well as our experience with two other STEM courses.
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  • Speaker: Prof Brian Alspach, CARMA, The University of Newcastle
  • Title: How to choose thesis and post-doc project topics
  • Location: Room V111, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Time and Date: 4:00 pm, Thu, 10th Nov 2016
  • Abstract:

    Targeted Audience: All early career staff and PhD students; other staff welcome

    Abstract: Many of us have been involved in discussions revolving around the problem of choosing suitable thesis topics and projects for post-graduate students, honours students and vacation research students. The panel is going to present some ideas that we hope people in the audience will find useful as they get ready for or continue with their careers.

    About the Speakers: Professor Brian Alspach has supervised thirteen PhDs, twenty-five MScs, nine post-doctoral fellows and a dozen undergraduate scholars over his fifty-year career. Professor Eric Beh has 20 years' international experience in the analysis of categorical data with a focus on data visualisation. He has and has, or currently is, supervised about a 10 PhD students. Dr Mike Meylan has twenty years research experience in applied mathematics both leading projects and working with others. He has supervised 5 PhD students and three post-doctoral fellows.

  • The first in a new series of CARMA seminars.
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