Plenary Lecture

Plenary Lecture

Digital Culture Impact on Education

Professor Ioana Moisil
Department of Computer Science and Automatic Control
"Hermann Oberth" Faculty of Engineering
"Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu

Abstract: We are living in a world dominated by technology. And among all technologies, information technology is the one that has a direct and constant influence on our lives. Our society is evolving around information technology, it is a "information society", and we are witnessing the emergence of a new culture the digital culture. This new culture is our reality but also a "field of study that seeks to explore the cultural ramifications of digital technology, and how the alterations in the patterns of communication, information processing, and archiving resulting from the use of digital technology have influenced human behaviour". In this lecture I will first discuss the different faces of digital culture, from e-mails, chats and blogs to digital art and social networks. Secondly, I will try to enlighten the impact of the digital revolution on education, with special references to engineering education. My argument will be based on several case studies, especially concerning the life-style profile of today students and their learning behaviour.

Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Ioana Moisil received the M.Sc. in Mathematics at the University of Bucharest, in 1971, the scientific grade in Statistical, Epidemiological and Operation Research Methods Applied in Public Health and Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium, in 1991 and the Ph.D. in Mathematics at the Romanian Academy in 1997. Work places: the National Institute for Research & Development in Informatics - I.C.I (1971-1986), Carol Davila Faculty of Medicine Bucharest department of Biophysics, CCSSDM Center of the Ministry of Health. At present she is a full-time Professor and a Senior Researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Automatic Control Faculty of Engineering at the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu. She is the author/co-author of fourteen books and over 150 scientific papers. Her scientific interests include intelligent systems, healthcare telematics, web technologies, data-mining, e-learning, modelling and simulation, uncertainty management, human-computer interaction. Professor Moisil participated in several EU funded projects as project manager for the national partner (Telenurse ID ENTITY, MGT, PROPRACTITION, PRO-ACCESS), in Tempus projects and in national funded projects as research manager and software development coordinator (INFOSOC eUNIV, AMTRANS eCASTOR, INFOSOC - e-Scribe, INFOSOC DANTE, e-EDU-Quality, eTransMobility, CNCSIS 2007-code 33, Studies on multivariate interpolation, polinomial classifiers and applications, CNCSIS 2007 cod 1502, Aspects concerning the psycho-cognitive abilities of artificial intelligent agents and applications in ITC based education). Ioana Moisil is a member of EARLI (European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction), she is Romanian representative in the IMIA SIG and EFMI WG5 Nursing Informatics, honorary member of the Bohemian Medical Association J.E.Purkyne of Bio-engineering and Medical Informatics, member of the ISCB International Society for Clinical Biostatistics, a member of the National society of Medical Engineering and biological Technology, of the Romanian General Association of Engineers, member of the IITM- International Institute of Tele-Medicine and of the Romanian Society of Mathematics Sciences. She is vice-president of the Romanian Medical Informatics Society; vice-president of the HIT Foundation for Health Informatics and Telematics and a member of RoCHI-ACM. Professor Moisil is taking part in several international peer-review committees and conferences scientific boards.

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