Web Science Curriculum Development

The proposed project aims to consolidate and focus European expertise in the emerging interdisciplinary subject of Web Science. It will achieve this aim by designing a joint master program for Web Science between the partner universities. The master program will benefit from teaching quality assurance measures and, given its transdiciplinary nature, a joint mobility scheme that takes into account each of the partner competences built upon a common quality policy.

 

Project launched in Sept. 2010

Productions:

 Negotiating the Web Science Curriculum through Shared Educational Artefacts

Watch Su White (U. Soton) presenting the WSCD Project at ACM WebSci11 – Koblenz.

Coordinator for LebanonStéphane BAZAN

Partners:

  • Madalina Croitoru, Univ. Montpellier II France
  • Steffen Staab, Univ. of Koblenz, Germany
  • Stefano Cerri, Univ. Montpellier II, France
  • Clement Jonquet, Univ. Montpellier II, France
  • Francois Scharffe, Univ. Montpellier II, France
  • Su White, Univ. of Southampton, UK
  • Hugh Davis, Univ. of Southampton, UK
  • Michalis Vafopoulos, Aristotle University, Greece
  • Gianfranco Prini, Univ. of Milan, Italy

Project summary:

(This text was produced by Madalina Croitoru, Univ. Montpellier II, France to introduce the project at WS2011 in Koblenz)

The need to study the Web in its complexity, development and impact led to the creation of the Web Science discipline. Web Science is inherently interdisciplinary. Its goal is to both (1) understand the Web growth mechanisms and (2) create approaches that allow new powerful and more beneficial mechanisms to occur. Teaching Web Science is a unique experience since the discipline is a combination of two essential features. On one hand, the analysis of microscopic laws extrapolated to the macroscopic realm generates observed behavior. On the other hand languages and algorithms on the Web are built in order to produce novel desired computer behavior that should be put in context. Finding a suitable curriculum going above the simple study of languages and algorithms is thus an important and challenging task.

The results will be not only disseminated within the consortium but also made available to the whole Web Science community via the EdShare platform. The consortium targets the development of a joint Master Programme in Web Science that is able to leverage students’ intellectual capacity towards developing and analysing the future Web using transdisciplinary approaches.

The aims of the proposed consortium are directed towards:

  • Articulating a Web Science transdisciplinary map of competences for each partner and an according mobility scheme (WP 3)
  • Designing a Web Science curriculum based on the transdiciplinary competences of each partner (WP 2)
  • Identifying teaching quality assurance issues (WP 4)
  • Designing a joint quality policy for the Web Science curriculum ready to be put in place according to the mobility scheme devised (WP 5)
  • Disseminating the results and working in close contact with the Web Science consortium (WP 6)
  • Setting up an Erasmus Mundi programme based on the above described Curriculum setting (WP 7)

The objectives will look into the concrete realization of an overall Web Science curriculum content goals and a relevant transdisciplinary map of competences. This will lay the foundations for developing appropriate Web Science curriculum content goals per partner according to their competences and integrating them after assessment by instruments for Web Science teacher / student performance into an Web Science curriculum. Furthermore a joint quality policy for all partners will be identified and aligned with the competence based Web Science Master mobility scheme to facilitate on site implementation. All of the above results will be disseminated via the EdShare platform.

A diagram showing the interdependencies between all these subtasks is shown below:

The project will create a long-lasting connection between the partner institutions enhancing their dialogue regarding the transdisciplinary approach towards analysing the future Web. Moreover, it will put in place practical tools and useful documentation taking into account the content and implementation challenges of such endeavor.

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