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ALT-C Presentation about Facebook Research Features in the Times Higher Education

This week, in the Times Higher Education, an article was published about my PhD work, which examined students’ use of social network sites, which was recently presented at the ALT Conference at the University of Warwick in September. The paper explores students’ Facebook activity over 22 weeks of a university semester, identifying that many students […]

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HERGA Presentation on Usability Testing

CSER will be presenting some of the initial findings from their involvement in the usability testing project at the upcoming HERGA conference. Hopefully we will see some of you there! Our usability testing project forms part of an OLT innovation and development grant led by Associate Professor Denise Wood titled, ‘An evidence-based approach to the […]

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CSER to make a MOOC for AdelaideX series on edX: “Think. Create. Code.”

CSER team members Associate Professor Katrina Falkner, Dr Claudia Szabo, Dr Nickolas Falkner and Dr Rebecca Vivian will be creating a MOOC course called “Think. Create. Code.” as part of the AdelaideX series for edX. The course will be based on our introductory programming course and involve computational thinking and learning to program around the manipulation […]

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ACEC Computational Thinking Workshop by CSER

The ACEC Conference is fast approaching! The theme this year is “Now It’s Personal” and features some great Keynote speakers, such as Sally-Ann Williams and Alan Noble who do amazing work in STEM outreach at Google, EdTech specialist Kathy Schrock and inspirational educator Alec Couros. Not to mention all the interesting and ‘hot topic’ workshops and sessions […]

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Koli Calling 2014: “Whither, Badges?” or “Wither, Badges!”: A Metastudy of Badges in Computer Science Education to Clarify Effects, Significance and Influence

Gamification is becoming a widely used technique used to improve engagement and effectiveness of learning, with virtual rewards (often in the form of badges) frequently forming a core part of this structure. But how do badges actually work? In this paper, we classify the existing work to identify the existing research where badges have been […]

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Koli Calling 2014: Experiences in Course Design using Neo-Piagetian Theory

In our work exploring Neo-Piagetian theory, we have been exploring whether this theoretical model can be used to help describe how student mental models of the software development process are developed. Our initial work in this space was published at the Latice 2013 conference. More recently, Dr Claudia Szabo has led work in exploring how […]

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Koli Calling 2014: Can Everybody Learn to Code?

An initial study exploring perceptions relating to essential learner characteristics required to learn how to code has been accepted for publication at the upcoming Koli Calling conference. We are still working on this study, so if you would like to take part in the second stage with us, please check out our survey! R. Vivian, […]

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New Honours Project: Sami Peachey joins CSER

We welcome Sami Peachey to the CSER team, as she undertakes her Honours project study. Sami will work on automated group formation algorithms – forming successful groups for collaborative work is a difficult issue, and can be very time consuming for academics. In this project Sami will develop a range of algorithms for forming groups […]

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