Keynote Speaker


“Classroom Orchestration: from Practical Tips to Formal Models”

Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg, Director, EPFL Center for Digital Education,
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland


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A former teacher in elementary school, Pierre Dillenbourg graduated in educational science (University of Mons, Belgium). He started his research on learning technologies in 1984. He obtained a PhD in computer science from the University of Lancaster (UK), in the domain of artificial intelligence applications for educational software. He has been assistant professor at the University of Geneva. He joined EPFL in 2002. He is currently full professor in learning technologies in the School of Computer & Communication Sciences, where he is the head of the CHILI Lab: “Computer-Human Interaction for Learning & Instruction ». He is also the academic director of Center for Digital Education, which implements the MOOC strategy of EPFL. EPFL recently passed over 1.5 million MOOC registrations. He recently wrote a book entitled “Orchestration Graphs” that proposes a formal language for instructional design (EPFL Press).


When robots or tablets are introduced into a classroom, they do not only enable rich learning activities, they also significantly increase the complexity of classroom management. How can teachers integrate individual, team and class-wide activities, some with digital tools, some without ? Some answers to this question refer to practical aspects of schools, which fall under the umbrella of ‘classroom usability’. This concepts emphasizes technology features that enable teachers to cope with practical constraints of their routine such as time, discipline, etc. Another answer is to develop formal models of classroom orchestration, so-called orchestration graphs, as well to elaborate quantitative measures of orchestration load. These measures connect recent work in learning analytics with the life of everyday classrooms.