[DANCE] Reminder: Pierre Dillenbourg is speaking about "Orchestration Graphs" on Nov 5

Oliver Ferschke ferschke at cs.cmu.edu
Fri Oct 30 12:40:08 EDT 2015

Dear DANCE partners,
I would like to remind you of the upcoming special edition of the DANCE Talk series next Thursday on November 5 at 11.00 EST. [1]
The famous Pierre Dillenburg from EPFL is going to talk about "Orchestration Graphs", the topic of is new book with the same title [2].
You will have the unique possibility to submit questions to Pierre during the talk that we are going to discuss after the presentation.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
For those who cannot make it on Thursday, the talk will, as usually, be made available as a recording.

Oliver and Carolyn

[1] http://dance.cs.cmu.edu/talks/talk7.html
[2] http://www.epflpress.org/product/66/9782889143788

Talk Abstract:
The goal of orchestration graphs is to describe how rich learning activities, often designed for small classes, can be scaled up to thousands of participants, as in MOOCs. A sequence of learning activities is modeled as a graph with specific properties. The vertices or nodes of the graph are the learning activities. Learners perform some of these activities individually, some in teams and other ones with the whole class. The graph has a geometric nature, time being represented horizontally and the social organization (individual, teams, class) vertically. These activities can be inspired by heterogeneous learning theories: a graph models the integration of heterogeneous activities into a coherent pedagogical scenario. The edges of the graph connect activities. They represent the two-fold relationship between activities: how they relate to each other from a pedagogical and from an operational viewpoint. From the operational viewpoint, edges are associated to operators that transform the data structures produced during a learning activity into the data structures needed to run the next activity.

>From the pedagogical viewpoint, an edge describes why an activity is necessary for the next activity: it can for instance be a cognitive pre-requisite, a motivational trick, an advanced organizer or an organizational constraint. The extent to which an activity is necessary for the next one is encompassed in the weight of an edge. The transition between two activities is stored as a matrix: the cell (m,n) of a transition matrix stores the probability that a learner in cognitive state m will evolve to state n in the next activity.. The transition matrix can be summarized by a parameter that constitutes the edge weight: an edge between two activities has a heavy weight if the learner performance in an activity is very predictive of his success of the connected activity. The graph also constitutes a probabilistic network that allows predicting the future state of a learner. An orchestation graph describes how the scenario can be modified, stretched, cut, extended.

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