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CENG faculty wins two Best Paper awards
2014-12-25

CENG research team led by CSE associate professor Dr Mohammed Samaka received 2 awards -- Best Design Technical Paper and Best Student Paper -- among 172 papers and 36 posters at the recent International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) in Nara, Japan from 30 November to 4 December 2014.

 

The papers,  Using a PBL Authoring Tool to Train Teachers in Designing an Online PBL Unit and A Flexible System and Data Model for the Representation and Management of PBL Scripts, both relate to the  NPRP-funded project “PLATE: Problem-based Learning Authoring and Transformation Environment” which is housed at Qatar University.

 

The project stimulates, facilitates, and advances the research and application of technology-enhanced learning, and enables the development and delivery of PBL-infused modules in an easy, cost-effective, flexible, interoperable, and reusable manner. It also supports teachers and students in transitioning to new roles as it scaffolds and orchestrates activities.

 

The project offers a flexible and adaptive environment where students learn in communities by solving ill-structured complex problems with just-in time instruction and resource-infusion.

 

Activities include: 1) research and development of a PBL scripting language to enable the representation of a wide range of PBL models; and 2) investigation of language expressiveness and the generation of two language-compatible authoring tools to support PBL researchers and practitioners to specify, understand, communicate, and customize various PBL models for various purposes.

 

The project explores the feasibility and usability of the process modeling approach to support online and hybrid PBL courses or lessons based on the Moodle and the IMS-LD platforms. It establishes a repository and relevant functions to enable the storage, retrieval, comparison, and reusability of PBL models within a PBL community in Qatar and beyond to support the research and application of technology-enhanced PBL methodologies.