Invited Speaker
Dr. Adnan Abid, Professor

Dr. Adnan Abid, Professor

Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Virtual University of Pakistan, Pakistan
Speech Title: Learning Analytics using Big Data for Computing Education

Abstract: Learning Analytics using Big Data Analysis has become a popular discipline among educationists and researchers as it has a potential to reveal new facets of teaching and learning that could be utilized to improve the efficiencies of related learning environments. This talk aims to cover some interesting research outcomes in a couple of disciplines.
First, it aims to discuss the possible usage of Big Data Analytics for improving the efficacy of Introductory programming courses (IPCs), as these courses hold special significance in laying down the foundation for subsequent higher level courses in computer science and associated disciplines. The LA studies in IPCs are mostly anecdotal as less or no attention is given to examine learning at various cognitive levels. Moreover, the structuring of the course contents is significant to systematically analyze Big data in educational institutes that is being generated from learners’ interactions. The research is required to examine how the Big data can be analyzed methodically for IPC and apply systematic techniques for LA. This could help the stakeholders to guide their decision making processes by optimizing their efforts in educational institutes.
The second dimension of this talk intends to discuss the effectiveness of blending gamification with project centric approach for personalized learning using data analytics. This facet dominantly focuses on the applied computing courses including Database Systems, Software Engineering, Project Management etc.


Biography: Adnan Abid (Senior Member IEEE, Member ACM) received the B.S. degreein Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Science, Pakistan, in 2001, the M.S. degree in Information Technology from the National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan, in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2012. He spent one year with EPFL, Switzerland as a research assistant during 2006-07. He is currently working as a Professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology at the Virtual University of Pakistan. He has also served as a Faculty Fellow with George Mason University, USA between 2016-19.
He has published nearly 100 research papers in different international journals and conferences. His research profile has an H-index of 16 and i-10 index of 31. His research interests include computer science education, ICT4D, and Information Systems. He has also been a part of organizing bodies of many well-reputed international conferences. He is an Editor of PeerJ Computer Science journal, and Associate Editor of IEEE Access journal.
He is a member of National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) formulated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. The committee is responsible for the revision of computing curricula for the UG and PG degree programs offered in public and private sector universities of Pakistan. He is also a program evaluator and member of National Computing Education Accreditation Council (NCEAC), which is responsiblefor ensuring the quality of education being offered in different universities of Pakistan. The council works under the patronage of HEC, Pakistan.



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