Engaging Pedagogy

September 19, 2011

International Conference On Engaging Pedagogy

International Conference On Engaging Pedagogy

This year’s International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy is coming to NCI. One of the themes mentioned in the call for papersrefers to e-Learning: “The value of technology – Are we adopting new technology just because it is new or because it makes a difference?” That’s in fact one of NELL’s main concerns. Does it actually make a difference? Is there empirical evidence that suggests we should use this technology for a particular target group or a particular subject matter?

Submissions are due October 3, 2011. The conference itself will take place on December 16, 2011, here in NCI.


My colleague Dr Stephan Weibelzahl and I are pleased to be part of the upcoming usability workshop entitled ‘Experience, Usability, and Functionality Exploring the components of interaction.  This workshop is organised by Dr Jurek Kirakowski from UCC and his colleagues and will form part of two day HCI conference 17-18th September in Trinity College, Dublin.usabilityjug

The aim of this workshop is to discuss McNamara and Kirakowski’s (2007) recently proposed three factor model for understanding and describing the interactions between humans and technology.  They contend there are three areas of importance when exploring this relationship: experience, usability and functionality.

During this workshop we will be presenting our first experience of usability testing and will discuss how any of lessons we learned might relate to this model.  In particular, we are interested in exploring how and what subjective measures of ‘user experience’ might relate to e-learning.

Register on-line for the conference.