2 May 2017: Seminar by Andrew Zaliwski, "Blended cooperative course authoring"

The seminar proposes tools which would allow co-operative creation, management, streaming, and reuse of course materials.

The author's long-term research is focused on creating a variety of time-saving options for teaching, whilst creatively enhancing the experience of instruction from the creation of class materials to the targeted delivery of lessons and assessments. Making the process of course preparation less messy and less time-consuming enforced our interest in technological support for course content creation and delivery.

Additionally, the approach suggested along with the tool should allow that the current teaching process would be rather focused on developing various forms of participation and negotiation among teachers and students, rather than giving direction and instruction by the teacher. The mentioned tool will allow navigating and see the knowledge network at least as important as knowing facts by the students.

Andrew J. Zaliwski received an M.Sc. in Mathematics at the M.C. Sklodowska University (UMCS) (Poland) in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Mining and Metallurgy (AGH), Krakow (Poland) in 1991. From 1984 to 1990, he worked at (Institute of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry) UMCS Lublin (Poland), 1990-2000 – Computer Science Dept; the University of Economics, Krakow (Poland), and 2000-2001 – Computer Science Dept., University College Cork (Ireland). From 2001 to 2006 he worked at the City University of New York (CSI/CUNY) as an Information Systems lecturer.

He is currently teaching “Project Management” and “Multimedia for Mobile Applications “on Whitireia NZ (Auckland, New Zealand) and is about to finish his second Ph.D. at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of Auckland University. His current research interests include combining 3D graphics with computerized support for teaching and education, parallel systems, and HCI for e-Research.