Tutorial/Workshop Topic: Technology in Education

Our conventional system of education places more emphasis on rote based learning; which discourages students to think critically. Providing students with facts or instructing them to follow certain steps in order to solve a problem makes the process of learning boring and unrewarding. Moreover, students are unable to grasp the underlying wisdom behind the taught concepts and are unable to apply their knowledge to solve new problems. This restricts the thought process of students and defeats the very purpose of learning.
In this tutorial we present a number of studies from different science subjects to demonstrate some of the more common learning obstacles faced by students. Using tools and techniques from the study of learning methods, we identify and then attempt to address these obstacles. We also discuss the idea of "meaningful learning", and how it is different from the skills acquired while solving text book problems - in other words, how can we design conceptual questions that promote critical thinking in a variety of science subjects. We combine content knowledge from scientific subjects with the science of learning to design an efficient learning environment where the teacher enjoys a large degree of freedom with respect to the teaching methodology. Specifically, we aim to help the instructor in creating excitement and curiosity in the minds of the learners while they discover new knowledge in class. We also discuss how technology can be used to enhance the learning experience, focusing on the application of several new technological tools for effective learning.

Speakerís Bio-sketch:
Prof. M. Ahsraf Iqbal
Ashraf Iqbal graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, in 1975. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering in 1983, and his Ph.D. degree from the same university in 1991. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Engineering University, Lahore, as a lecturer in 1975. He was promoted to Professor in 1992.
In 1985 and 1986, Dr Iqbal worked as a graduate fellow at the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE), NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia, USA. He conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of EE-Systems, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, in 1992. In 1996, he worked as a DAAD Research fellow at the University of Stuttgart, Institute for Parallel & Distributed, High-Performance Systems (IPVR), Stuttgart, Germany. He joined the department of Computer Science, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 2000, and worked as the head of the department from 2000 to 2003. Currently, he is working as a Professor in the same department.

Time & Date: 14:30-16:30, 5th September 2011.
Venue: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, National University of Science & Technology, Sector H-12, Islamabad.

Registration Fee: Rs. 500
The workshop is free for people registered for the International Conference on Emerging Technologies 2011.