Conference will take place in online: presentations in Zoom and communication in Worksup. Most of the presentations will be pre-recorded, while discussion and interaction between participants will take place in a virtual conference management platform Worksup (event ID: ISSEP2020). On-site participation is NOT an option anymore, unfortunately.

Monday, 16 November

NB! Agenda follows Estonian time zone (EET), which is one hour ahead of CET.

14:00 Conference opening

14:30 Local keynote speech: Informatics curriculum reform in Estonia (M.Laanpere)

15:30 Break

16:00 Session A: Designing tasks for informatics competitions

  • Difficulty of Bebras Tasks for Lower Secondary Blind Students (Ľudmila Jašková and Natália Kostová)
  • Bebras Based Activities for Computer Science Education: Review and Perspectives (Sébastien Combéfis and Gabrielė Stupurienė)
  • Pišek – Programming with Blocks Competition. A new Slovenian Programming Competition (Matija Lokar)
  • Educational Tasks, Fun, and Informatics (Juraj Hromkovic)

18:00 Reception at the unviersity

Tuesday, 17 November

NB! Agenda follows Estonian time zone (EET), which is one hour ahead of CET.

9:00 Keynote speech: Sustainable Learning of Informatics Concepts. Prof. Gerald Futchek, TU Wien

10:00 Panel 1: Challenging Future Teachers Education by focussing on Computational Thinking with integrated STEAM (Erik Barendsen, Valentina Dagiene, Gerald Futschek, Yasemin Gulbahar, Mikko-Jussi Laakso, Peter Larsson, Mart Laanpere, Arnold Pears, Claudia Tanberge)

10:45 Break

11:00 Session B: Informatics teacher education
• Design- and Evaluation-Concept for Teaching and Learning Laboratories in Informatics Teacher Education (Bernhard Standl, Anette Bentz, Mattias Ulbrich, Annika Vielsack and Ingo Wagner)
• Fostering Reflexion in CS Teacher Education (Johannes Fischer, Nora Romahn and Martin Weinert)
• A case of teaching practice founded on a theoretical model (Sylvia Da Rosa, Marcos Viera and Juan García-Garland)
• In-service Teacher Training and Self-Efficacy (Jørgen Thorsnes, Majid Rouhani and Monica Divitini)

12:30 Lunch break. ISSEP steering group meeting in Zoom

13:30 Parallel sessions
Session C1: Informatics in wider context (room A)
• Digital Literacy in Lower Secondary Education – A First Evaluation of the Situation in Austria (Corinna Hörmann and Barbara Sabitzer)
• Student-centered Graduate STEM Education Integrated by Computing: An Insight into the Experiences and Expectations of Doctoral Students (Vladimiras Dolgopolovas, Valentina Dagienė and Tatjana Jevsikova)
• The Limitations of On-line Education in Spain During the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic (Daniel Gabaldon Estevan and Silvia Vela Cerdá)
• The Combination of Skills Training for IT Administrators and Programmers (Sarka Vavreckova)

Session C2: Teaching programming (room B)
• The hAPPy-Lab: A Gender-Conscious Way To Learn Coding Basics in an Open Makerspace Setting (Bernadette Spieler, Maria Grandl and Vesna Krnjic)
• To Project or Not to Project: In Search of the Pathway to Object Orientation (Arno Pasternak and Johannes Fischer)
• An Exploratory Study of Students’ Mastery of Iteration in the High School (Emanuele Scapin and Claudio Mirolo)
• Factors Influencing Lower Secondary School Pupils’ Success in Programming Projects in Scratch (Miroslava Černochová, Hasan Selcuk and Ondřej Černý)

15:30 Break

16:00 Session D1: Tasks for informatics competitions (room A)
• Assessing the Agreement on the Bebras Tasks Categorisation (Žan Ternik, Ljupčo Todorovski and Irena Nančovska Šerbec)
• A Two-Dimensional Classification Model for the Bebras Tasks on Informatics based Simultaneously on Subfields and Competencies (Valentina Dagiene, Juraj Hromkovic and Regula Lacher)
• Participants’ Perception of Tasks in an Informatics Contest (Jiří Vaníček and Václav Šimandl)

16:00 Session D2: Workshops (room B)

19:00 Conference dinner at F-hoone restaurant

Wednesday, 18 November

NB! Agenda follows Estonian time zone (EET), which is one hour ahead of CET.

9:00 Keynote speech: Computational Thinking: The Anatomy of a Movement (Matti Tedre)

10:00 Panel 2: Integrating Computational Thinking in Nordic and Baltic Maker Education (Kati Mäkitalo, Jari Laru, Valentina Dagiene, Marcelo Milrad, Matti Tedre, Mart Laanpere and Megumi Iwata)

10:45 Break

11:00 Session E: Computational Thinking

  • Planets: A System for Autonomous Learning of Algorithmic Programming (László Nikházy)
  • Computational Thinking in Small Packages (Dennis Komm, Ulrich Hauser, Bernhard Matter, Jacqueline Staub and Nicole Trachsler)
  • Realisation of Smart Home applications with Lego Mindstorms and neural networks (Kerstin Strecker)
  • Students development of ePortfolios: Support and students experiences (Hege Olstad)

12:30 Lunch and Poster Session:

  • Application of Semantic Web technologies in Informatics Education (Bin Han, Kyurhee Han, Jieun Kim and Seongbin Park)
  • A Markdown-based Open Toolchain for Writing, Processing, and Publishing Bebras Tasks (Jean-Philippe Pellet, Gabriel Parriaux and Nora Anna Escherle)
  • Preliminary Experiences Towards an Inclusion of Dramatists – Teach Logic with Language (Anette Bentz and Bernhard Standl)
  • Designing Problem-Based Learning to Develop Computational Thinking in the Context of K-12 Maker Education (Megumi Iwata, Jari Laru and Kati Mäkitalo)

13:30 Session F: Informatics curriculum

  • Interactive Textbooks in School Informatics: A Case Study in Estonia (Maia Lust, Priit Tammets, Jaak Laanpere, Mart Laanpere)
  • Identification of Dependencies between Learning Outcomes in Computing Science Curricula for Primary and Secondary Education — On the Way to Personalized Learning Paths (Yelyzaveta Chystopolova, Stefan Pasterk, Andreas Bollin and Max Kesselbacher)
  • Computing in early child education (Daniela Bezáková, Andrea Hrušecká and Roman Hrušecký)
  • The new computer science curriculum in Poland – challenges and solutions (Maciej M. Syslo)

15:30 Break

16:00 Session G: Engagement and gender issues in school informatics

  • Upper- and lower-secondary students’ motivation to study computer science (Külli Kori & Piret Luik)
  • Tips and Tricks for Changing the Way Youth Perceive Computer Sciences (Cécile Lombart, Anne Smal and Julie Henry)
  • Engagement Taxonomy for Introductory Programming Tools: Failing to Tackle the Problems of Comprehension (Tomas Šiaulys)
  • Context-related programming tasks to reduce the digital gender gap (Kerstin Strecker)
  • Ready for Computing Science? A Closer Look at Personality, Interests and Self-Concept of Girls and Boys at Secondary Level (Andreas Bollin, Max Kesselbacher and Corinna Mößlacher)

18:00 Concluding session. 

Erik Barendsen will announce the venue and details for ISSEP2021.