Workshop on Informatics Engineering Education

10th International Conference on Computing and Informatics in Northern Chile

The Workshop on Informatics Engineering Education was born as an initiative of academics from different Chilean universities to create a space where they could present educational projects that are being developed in the area, in order to strengthen collaborative networks. It is hoped that this meeting will consolidate the collaboration networks between national and international universities and allow to expand knowledge in new teaching methodologies in the area of information technology.

Chair contacts:
Diego Aracena (, Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, Chile.

Invited Talk: “The Complex Approach of Gamification Strategies in Higher Education” by M.Sc. Wilma Peñafiel


One of the important aspects in the teaching-learning process is to motivate and encourage students in attention and understanding of learning. Methods, strategies and theories have been applied to attract, motivate or encourage students.

The objective of this talk is to present a theoretical summary of gamification strategies in Higher Education and its relationship with complex thinking. It delves into more successful gamification strategies and the impact on student performance. The degree of knowledge of these strategies in the teaching community is studied to finalize with a methodology of application of complex thinking and gamification strategies.

Short Bio

Wilma Peñafiel is Professor and Academic Researcher, dedicated mainly to gamification strategies and complex approach. She works as Academic Director at La Salle University and as editor of the Fides et Ratio Research Journal of the same University. She directs the line of Mobile Technology Research in the Systems Engineering Degree. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Education with a focus on complexity and transdisciplinary research; she has a Master of Business Administration, EMI; a Master’s Degree in Higher Education, EMI; and a Degree in Computer Science, UMSA. She also holds graduate diplomas in Higher Education, Pedagogical Management of the Classroom; Higher Education with a focus on competencies; and training in Virtual Tutorial 2.0. for the OAS.

Invited Talk: “A look at the retention of students in Chilean higher education institutions” by Dr. José Contreras


Chilean higher education institutions (HEIs) have been subjected to numerous tensions in recent decades, due to the diverse and new challenges they must face in the face of permanent changes in the political, economic, social and other changes that affect them. Political reforms on issues of access, financing, internationalization, and quality assurance of Higher Education are examples of the new scenarios that Chilean IES have faced. To this are added the great technological advances and scientific knowledge, which do not cease to impact all areas of human life, pressing HEIs for important reforms, particularly in curricular and teaching subjects.

An aspect that for a long time has worried the Higher Education System (HES) and that in recent years has aroused a strong interest in its managers is student retention, since it affects both the accreditation processes and the financial stability of HEIs. There are many studies aimed at explaining this phenomenon and providing guidance to address them. There are also numerous efforts made in various HEIs to improve retention rates, but the problem continues without major improvements. Student retention, and linked dropout, are issues with roots in multiple dimensions that combine and interact in complex ways. These include aspects of the students themselves in their personal, family, academic, financial, relational, vocational and other fields; they also include aspects of HEIs, such as curricular and teaching subjects, pedagogical resources, approaches to the treatment of subjects, the hidden curriculum, among others; In addition, the various distractors that capture an important part of the time and attention of students, such as online games and social networks, the ease of access to drugs of various types, situations of working and studying at the same time, among others.

On the other hand, for students from distant cities, the absence of the family environment and their network of friends, leaves them devoid of important emotional support and behavior regulation mechanisms. This paper presents data and information about the situation in matters of retention and desertion of the various universities and computer and computer engineering careers; There are also results of studies and strategies that have been applied to improve retention and dropout indicators, and recommendations in the curricular and teaching fields that have had good acceptance in students of first years, and advanced years, which has served as stimuli to his satisfaction with his careers and his continuation in them.