Only two months into 2015, and already, it has been a busy year for Dr. Rodrigo. She has been invited to give a number of talks on educational data mining, augmented reality, and the role of Computer Science in nation building.
On January 24, Dr. Rodrigo gave a talk on Educational Data Mining (EDM) before the EdukCircle International Convention on Education and Technology, which was held at the UP Theater in UP Diliman. In her talk, she discussed what EDM is, the process of EDM, and four of its application areas: 1) improvement of student models, 2) discovering or improving subject matter domain structure, 3) studying pedagogical support, and 4) refining educational theories.
On February 7, Dr. Rodrigo gave a talk on the role of Computer Science in nation building at the Computer Science Summit, which was held at the College of Engineering in UP Diliman.
She discussed the concept of Human-Computer Interaction for Development, some example games and applications, and ended by challenging the audience to better understand the Philippine culture and people so as to create more well thought-out solutions.
On February 11, Dr. Rodrigo took part in the Department of Education (DepEd) Computerization Program 2015 planning, which was held at the Development Academy of the Philippines Conference Center in Tagaytay. DepEd is in the process of rolling out computer labs in public elementary and high schools around the country, and aimed, through this workshop, to gather feedback regarding the current status of ICTs in the public educational system, and possible ways forward.
On February 20, Dr. Rodrigo, along with ALLS faculty Nicko Caluya, will be giving a talk on Augmented Reality (AR) before the Philippine Society of IT Students at the IT Congress in Western Visayas. Her talk will cover the definition of AR, how AR applications are characterized, and some of its appropriate uses.
Finally, on March 2 to 5, Dr. Rodrigo will be a plenary speaker on Educational Data Mining at the 15th Philippine Computing Science Congress, which will be held at the University of St. Louis in Tuguegarao.