Reference: EDU2011-14871-E (subprograma EDUC)

Computer-Based Learning in Science (CBLIS) is an international community committed to the promotion of innovative learning environments for the benefit of the wider scientific community, using computer-based methods to support science teaching. CBLIS plays an important role in fostering international collaboration between researchers, teachers and instructors who are involved in using and/or developing computer-based learning techniques and strategies for Science Education.

We are honoured by the fact that International Scientific Committee chose the Centre for Research in Science and Mathematics Education (CRECIM) in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) to organize CBLIS 2012. We hope that participation in the conference will be an opportunity to exchange experience, meet interesting people and will inspire further activities in applying ICT in science teaching.

Given the challenge of integrating innovative educational technologies in a society immersed in the use of computers, the 10th Conference leading theme is “Learning Science in the Society of Computers”, and it includes topics such as the design and use of learning environments, modeling software, MB and RC laboratories, simulations and other ICT tools.

Budget: 5.000€

Duration: 2010-2012

CRECIM participants: Roser Pintó Casulleras (IP), Digna Couso Lagarón, Víctor López Simó, Maria Isabel Hernández Rodríguez, Cristina Simarro Rodríguez.

Publications resulting from the project:

Additional information:

International Scientific Committee:

  • Philip Barker (University of Teeside, UK)
  • Christian Buty (Université de Lyon 2, France)
  • Costas P. Constantinou (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Frank Fursenko (University of South Australia, Australia)
  • Jana Kapounova (University of Ostrava, Czec Republic)
  • Eleni A. Kyza (Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus)
  • Thomas Lee Hench (Delaware County Community College, USA)
  • Isabel Martins (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil)
  • Kalogiannakis Michalis (University of Crete, Greece)
  • Denise Whitelock (The Open University, UK)
  • Zacharias Zacharia, (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)

 Local Scientific Committee:

  • Digna Couso Lagarón (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Carme Grimalt Álvaro (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Rufina Gutiérrez Goncet (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Maria Isabel Hernández Rodríguez (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Víctor López Simó (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Roser Pintó Casulleras (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Cristina Simarro Rodríguez (CRECIM; UAB)

Organizing Committee:

  • Anna Artigas Roig (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Llorenç Garcia Martínez (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Jose Garrido Millán (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Alba Masagué Crespi (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Raquel Rios Font (CRECIM; UAB)

Coordination Team:

  • Roser Pintó Casulleras (CRECIM; UAB)
  • Víctor López Simó (CRECIM; UAB)

Vitor Teodoro Duarte, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Vitor Duarte Teodoro. PhD in Education (Curriculum Theory and Evaluation), and Degree of licentiate in Physics. A former High School Physics and Chemistry teacher, currently Professor at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Main research area: science and mathematics education (embedding scientific computing in the secondary school curricula and in undergraduate studies in science and engineering). Other research/professional interests: principles and design of active learning environments, particularly for science and mathematics education; educational assessment and evaluation; teacher education; curriculum development.

Participation in several research projects funded by the European Community and Portuguese Research bodies and governmental departments. Consultant to the Portuguese Ministry of Education in several areas (examinations; teacher education; curriculum development; laboratory and school design; digital educational resources). Author of several reports for the Ministry of Education on these subjects, involving the design of public policies, training of personnel, selection of samples to participate in studies, etc. Coordinator of an Ibero-American network on the educational use of information technologies from 1995 to 2001. Author of more than 30 textbooks for schools in Portugal and Cape Verde (Physics and Chemistry).

Maria Ulicsak, Futurelab

Mary is a visiting fellow at the Graduate School of Education in Bristol University and until recently a Senior Researcher at Futurelab, which was a not-for-profit organisation committed to developing creative and innovative approaches to education, teaching and learning. Over the last twelve years she has been investigating the role of technology in education. Some of her most recent research has been around the role of games in both formal and informal education. For example, “Games in Education: Serious Games”, the “Computer Games and Learning handbook”, and the Gaming in Families work. She has also worked with teachers around the use of games in the classroom in the Teaching with Games project, and created prototypes of games to teach science. For example, Astroversity which supports the development of scientific enquiry skills and Debating the Evidence where students critically evaluate and discuss scientific evidence in scenarios where social consequences are high and when the evidence is sometimes incomplete or conflicting.

She has just written a research report on the possible role of educational technology to teach palliative care skills in Sub-Saharan Africa for the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. While earlier research includes the Beyond Current Horizons project. This was a two year research programme set up to examine how social and technological change over the coming 20 or so years may present new challenges or opportunities for education. Her role in this was to conduct the public debates with families, school children, teachers and older members of society as well as manage and analyse the online consultation tools and activities that form the wider element of the Public Engagement Plan. She has also researched the role of technology to support collaboration and the role of learners as participants in the design process.

Anna Ambrosis Vigna, Università di Pavia

Anna De Ambrosis is Associated Professor in Physics at the University of Pavia, Italy. She is coordinator, for Mathematics and Physics, of the Postgraduate School for Teachers’ preparation at the University of Pavia and member of the Didactic Commission of the Physics Faculty. Her scientific interests focus on: the use of MBL (Based Microcomputer Laboratories) tools to favour the teaching/learning of physics at different school levels; the role of history of physics and scientific debates in physics teaching/learning; the introduction of modern physics topics, in particular special relativity, in the high school curriculum; the role of models in physics teaching and learning; pre service and in service teacher education.

Researches have been carried out within national and international projects. In the last years: the National project Piano Lauree Scientifiche 2010 (Degrees in Science Project), and the European projects STEDE_Network 2001 (Science Teacher Education Development in Europe Thematic Network); Con-Science, 2004 (Science as a tool for life: Conceptual change); STEPS 2005 (Stakeholders Tune European Physics Studies); Out Lab, 2005 (Heritage as an Outdoor Laboratory for Innovative Science Teacher Education); STEPSTWO, 2009 Erasmus Academic Network (Stakeholders Tune European Physics Studies).

Raimund Girwidz, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Prof. Dr. Raimund Girwidz was born on March 3th in 1956. He made his first degree in Physics Education and Physical Education in 1983. From 1983 to 1989 he was an assistant teacher and teacher for secondary I and II schools. In 1989 he became an scientific assistant for Physics Education at the University of Würzburg / Germany and wrote his phd-theses about computers in Physics Education in 1994. From 1995 – 2000 he became a lecturer for Physics at the University at Würzburg and got his postdoctoral qualification (Habilitation) in 2000. He wrote his special theses about visualizations in Physics Education.

From October 2000 until spring 2011 he was a full professor for Physics and Physics Education at the University of Education Ludwigsburg / Germany. From 2008 until 2011 he also was the vice president of the University of Education Ludwigsburg and responsible for research and postgraduate development.Since summer 2011 he is a full professor at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University at Munich.

The main scientific interest of Raimund Girwidz are: Multimedia in Physics and Science Education, and hands-on and demonstration experiments using modern sensors from everyday life.