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Active and collaborative learning are key learning theories behind the construction of our curriculum here at Adelaide, and form the basis for the recent redesign of our first year curriculum. In the CSER group we are interested in understanding the best ways to design and implement collaborative learning opportunities within Computer Science, and how we can then leverage collaboration to help build self-regulated learning and teamwork skills. Further, we are also interested in building understanding of how collaboration can be evaluated – too often, in our discipline, we focus on the assessing the outcomes of collaboration, rather than the collaboration itself, or whether collaboration or teamwork skills have been developed. In our research, we explore methods for evaluating collaboration, in both face-to-face and online environments.

ACM TOCE: A method to analyse computer science students’ teamwork in online collaborative learning environments

CSER is pleased to announce that our work on developing a teamwork learning analytics dashboard for analysing and assessment online collaborations for Computer Science and Software Engineering students has been accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Computing Education. Our Teamwork Analysis Dashboard builds upon earlier work where we developed a qualitative analysis framework for […]

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ITiCSE 2015: Using Learning Analytics to Visualise Computer Science Teamwork

The CSER group has recently developed a teamwork analytics dashboard, designed to assist lecturers in understanding how online collaborations are working (or not!), and to help them identify discussions and teams that require assistance. Recent work from this project, exploring the first use of the dashboard in a final year Computer Science course has been […]

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Research Grant: Automated Analysis of MOOC Discussion Content to Support Personalised Learning, K. Falkner, Google MOOC Focused Research Awards. ($50,000 US) (2015-2016)

Research Grant: Automated Analysis of MOOC Discussion Content to Support Personalised Learning, K. Falkner, Google MOOC Focused Research Awards. ($50,000 US) (2015-2016) Discussion forums or communities form a significant component of many MOOCs and the interaction between MOOC participants is essential in assisting their learning. However, participants reportedly struggle with the overwhelming abundance of information and the […]

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ICSE 2015: The Development of A Dashboard Tool for Visualising Online Teamwork Discussions

Many software development organisations today adopt global software engineering (GSE) and agile models; requiring software engineers (SE) to collaborate and develop software in flexible, distributed, online teams. However, many employers have expressed that graduates lack teamwork skills and one of the most commonly occurring problems with GSE models are issues with project management. Team managers […]

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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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Research in Learning Technology: The Academic Journey and Experience of Students on Facebook

Social network sites have increasingly become an important part of students’ everyday lives, however, to what extent are they playing a role in the academic lives of university students? A paper, based on Dr Rebecca Vivian’s PhD research has been accepted for publication in the Research in Learning Technology Journal, Special Issue. This paper reports […]

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Koli Calling: Papers Accepted!

CSER are off to Finland! We are very excited to have had two papers accepted for the Koli Calling conference later this year. Koli Calling is one of the highest quality conferences in the area of CS education research, with a strong emphasis on rigorous education research methods. It will be a fantastic opportunity to […]

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Latice 2013: Papers Accepted!

We are very excited to have had three papers accepted for Latice 2013 – the First International Conference on Learning and Teaching in Computing and Engineering, which is being held in Macau in March. Rebecca Vivian has been working on analysing online collaborations in the context of exploring cognitive and metacognitive behaviours within online collaboration environments. […]

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SIGCSE 2013: Collaborative Learning and Anxiety

To continue our work in exploring collaborative learning activities within Computer Science education, more recently we have been investigating how students feel about collaborative learning activities and their perceptions as to the purpose of those activities within their education. We have just had a paper accepted for next year’s SIGCSE conference on this topic. Interestingly, […]

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Computer Science Education: Structuring and Supporting “Contributing Student Pedagogy”

We’ve been working for a number of years in how you can use collaborative learning in computer science courses, particularly introductory programming courses. We have explored more “pure” collaborative learning techniques in our courses, as well as cooperative learning (in our Specialised Programming course) and, more recently, Contributing Student Pedagogy (CSP). CSP differs from other […]

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