The CICE-2017 workshops are international forum for both researchers and industry practitioners to exchange the latest fundamental advances in the state of the art and practice, Pedagogy, Arts, History, Open Learning, Distance Education, Math and Science Education, ICT, Language Learning, Education (Early Year, Secondary, Post-Secondary and Higher), E-Learning, and identify emerging research topics. The workshops offer a good opportunity for young researchers to present their work and to obtain feedback from an interested community. All the accepted workshops' papers will be included in the conference proceedings.

The CICE-2017 encourages you to submit workshop proposals. Workshop duration is 90 minutes. You can consider organising a workshop that is related to CICE-2017 topics or other areas of education.

The purpose of these workshops is to provide a platform for presenting novel ideas in a less formal and possibly more focused way than the conferences themselves. The format of each workshop is to be determined by the organisers, but it is expected that they contain ample time for general discussion. The preference is for one day workshops, but other schedules will also be considered.

Important Dates

Workshop Proposal Submission February 15, 2017
Notification of Workshop Acceptance February 20, 2017

Accepted Workshops

Workshop 1: Gamification in education or the workplace to increase motivation and engagement

Scope: Gamification uses game elements and frameworks that consumers have been exposed to for years. Gamification has been successful in inspiring increased student motivation and engagement or for any learning participant and can extend to parental and community engagement. Gamification is not to be confused with game-based learning which requires schools or corporations to have large budgets and specialized staff to create video games. In fact, gamifying a training program can be done without technology. This workshop explores the elements of gamification and the transposition of these elements into a classroom or training setting. As the reality of schools change, in rural and urban locales, so must the classroom. The 21st Century is demanding a change in teaching and training. Harnessing the elements that drive relentless efforts to succeed in the virtual world can change the effects on students or employees and their learning experiences.

Objectives and Motivation:

-    Explanation of gamification and what does it look like in a classroom setting.
-    21st Century approaches for the 21st Century student or employee.
-    Discussion of 21st Century student needs, industry requirements of new employees, and preparation of students for the 21st Century workplace.
-    Gaming elements and how they can be applied to teaching or training.
-    Participants engage and experience gamified activities.
-    Demonstration of gamified training in action.

Organiser: Theresa Papp, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada


Workshop 2: Mx : M= Mastering Math;  X=  Models, Mice, Monkeys, Moose… .

Scope: Having taught math for many years, I have seen the mathematics tests evolve from ones with only computation to ones with strong emphasis on problem-solving. The student still must be able to do the computation but now must have an excellent command of the language.  Researching various state math questions for grades 3-5 I found very surprising information. On some tests I found as many 200 or more words which could confuse a student on any grade level. Of course not all words are unique in the test, but if a child does not know a word in question 2 and that same word appears in question 15, the child will not know it that question, either.  No wonder the students with limited language skills have problems in the math section of the test. The word ’number’ will appear in many math questions. Did you realize the Thesaurus on my word processing program lists seven alternative words and the dictionary has ten definitions? We know that teaching terms via memorization is not best way. We also know the students must have higher level thinking skills. Students are quick to be turned off if the activities are not fun and if they (the students) are in the off position, it does not matter what the teacher does or say, the info does not met the student. In this workshop, it is my goal for us to connect language and math in fun ways to help every student master math. What do models, mice and monkeys have in common? You will have to come and see while we do activities to help students to switch to LEARN MODE from that off position.

Objectives and Motivation: Bring awareness to the vocabulary problems of today which our students face. Students are faced with major barriers every day when they attempt the achievement test or even daily and teacher made test.

Organiser: Barba Aldis Patton, University of Houston-Victoria, USA


Workshop 3: Making Teaching Real: Three Short Activities for Pre-Service Teachers

Scope: This workshop will provide teacher educators with three activities that may be valuable for their pre-service teachers in professional development programs.   In the first activity, participants are put directly in elementary or secondary students’ shoes. By working in pairs and teaching and learning from each other through unfamiliar languages, participants will understand more viscerally the obstacles ELL students encounter in the classroom. The second activity aims to share ideas on how teachers in British Columbia are integrating subjects under the New Curriculum. Here participants are guided through one method that uses fairy tales or familiar stories as a framework to engage and energize students, and, in addition to Language Arts, also teach Math, Art, Science, Social Studies, Aboriginal Education and other subjects in a more holistic manner. Lastly, workshop participants will explore the value of learning through narrative by sharing their stories.  This approach uses “narratives of success” which allows beginning teachers to reflect on their positive moments, mark their progress and present themselves to their colleagues as capable teachers. A video on how to write effective teaching narratives will be shared, as well as other materials.

Objectives and Motivation: The overall goal of these activities is to allow new teachers to experience abstract concepts more concretely before they face them in their future classrooms in practice.  The majority of students who pursue a teaching certificate in teacher education programs are female, Caucasian, middle class and heterosexual.  However, in Vancouver, BC, the number of households that use English as their first language is now outnumbered by those who speak another language at home.  In fact, most classrooms in the Lower Mainland are multilingual, and ELL students comprise the majority of the class.  For these reasons, new teachers must fully grasp the importance and complexity of inclusion, social justice and teacher autonomy.  Also, the New Curriculum is new for all teachers, and providing examples of what integrated learning looks like will enable them to feel more on a par with experienced teachers.  In the end, to better prepare our pre-service teachers, teacher educators must strive to create worthwhile experiences in the university classroom that stimulate new teachers’ imaginations, empathy and confidence within a safe environment among their peers, and do it as early as possible.

Organiser: Susan Barber, Simon Fraser University, Canada


Workshop 4: Dynamic Assessment of Learning Potential.

Scope: A growing need has emerged in the last two decades for applying dynamic assessment (DA) of learning potential for children, especially since early educational decision may affect them in the future. The focus is on one hand DA of learning potential and on cognitive intervention processes following the assessment. The workshop focus is on 3 tests: 1. The Children's Analogical Thinking Modifiability Test (CATM), 2. The Cognitive Modifiability Battery (CMB): Assessment and Intervention, 3. The Seria-Think Instrument.

Objectives and Motivation:
(a) to present the theoretical foundations of the DA approach especially the theory of Structural Cognitive Modifiability (SCM) and Mediated Learning Experience (MLE, Feuerstein, et al., 1979),
(b) to describe the main goals of DA and the shifts from standardized testing to DA
(c) to portray the major characteristics of DA with young children,
(d) to present specific mediation strategies in DA and in intervention,
(e) to present deficient cognitive functions that act as barriers to thinking and learning,
(f) to bridge the DA findings to educational intervention,
(g) to present three measures for young children and children in school developed by Tzuriel.

Organiser: David Tzuriel, Bar-Ilan University, Israel


Workshop 5: FLUENCY - The Ultimate Learning Game.

Scope: Wheel of Fortune, Family Feud, Jeopardy, are examples of incredibly successful, time-proven syndicated game shows where winning includes not only getting the BEST answer but getting it in the FASTEST time or within a time limit. Exactly the way we traditionally assess learning from K-20 in public and post-secondary schools. Find out how easy it is to set up fluency-based learning in the DCTutor system and to deliver it online in our state-of-the-art software program. BYOD and Participate in building an Adaptive, Fluency-based, TTT* Learning Module online. Improving knowledge performance builds confidence, reduces test anxiety, and in turn, can significantly improve test scores. Follow up with a discussion of how DCT performance analytics is advancing the Science of eLearning through fluency based scoring with:
• Low-risk, High-results Learning (self-paced, in privacy models)
• Global Access and Relevance
• Instant Feedback
• Custom Feedback and Learning (error branching)
• Just-in-Time Custom tasks (system generated)
• Learning style options
• Student-centered study
• Individually targeted POP Quizzes and practice tests.
* Teach, Train, Test.

Objectives and Motivation: Have fun creating a LIVE learning module, running it and competing with fellow participants in the Workshop.
Win a Prize!
Discuss factors why fast response times are so popular and intriguing for syndicated games around the globe.
Review current DCTutor Pilot Project results demonstrating that when users improve their SkillScores they also improve long-term Retention and Test Scores.
If you happen to miss the workshop we will be continuing to run this module with hands on interaction at our booth for the remainder of the conference. Please feel free to drop by..

Organisers: Jeff Graham, Associate Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada;
Allan Sura, Instructional Design, DeckChair Learning Systems Inc


Workshop 6: EDUGO Workshop.

Scope: Open source and crowdsourcing projects have helped the exponential digital growth that has changed the way we live, interact, work, teach and trade together in our society for the last decades. An open source and crowdsourcing project in social sciences, why not! During the last two years, the EduGo project’s Research and Development (R&D) team has developed a digital platform with the key partnership of computer sciences and the legal sciences. The Mission: to release full potential of the collective knowledge of the Canadian educators in the K-12 field. The objectives: to boost sharing, research and collaboration within a common library and protocol with a self-governed bilingual community managed by its members using common tools. At CICE-2017, the EduGo workshop will reveal the solution to the public with the updated and tested beta software version and promoted constituent organizational chart for Canada. It will be an opportunity for an initial gathering between initiative founders, R&D team and partners to not only introduce the software tools but also the history, the challenges and the vision of the project to YOU researchers, key stakeholders and industry practitioners. The EduGo project core fundamentals are that individual and collective actors engaged in a national common interest goal, within a common work tool and protocols, will create the desired environment to release dynamic collective knowledge. More info at edugoatcice2017.ca

Objectives and Motivation:
Workshop objectives and motivations:
• Presentation of the:
o EduGo team and
o Background, challenges and vision of the EduGo project.
• Unveil the EduGo project software suite:
o Practitioner tools,
o Communication tools,
o Democratization tools.
• Answer questions and receive comments.
• Call for support.

Organiser: Mr R. Andres Valenzuela Segura, Lawyer, Member of the Barreau du Québec, Member of the Canadian Law Society, Canada