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A Look at IT and Engineering Enrolments in Australia – Updated!

In 2015, we released a blog post that looked at enrolment trends in Information Technology and Engineering courses. We were motivated to do this due to the introduction of the new Digital Technologies learning area within the Australian Curriculum, and the belief that despite Digital Technologies and associated industries representing 16% of the Australian GDP, that Higher […]

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Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management: Broadening participation not border protection: how universities can support women in Computer Science

A new paper on our research collaboration with the Department of Gender Studies and Social Sciences has been accepted for the Journal of Higher Education Policy & Management. Our collaboration explores how we can better understand the issue of gender diversity in Computer Science, and how we can make changes in our educational environments to approach more equal […]

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ACE 2017: Increasing Diversity and Engagement in Computer Science Education: International best practices in an Australasian context

As part of Rebecca Vivian’s Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship, we are holding a series of workshops to share early insights and gather feedback from our local context. We are running a workshop as part of the upcoming ACE conference, and it would be great to see many people there to help discuss this important and […]

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SIGCSE 2017: Alternative Publishing and Dissemination of CS Education Research

Nick Falkner, along with colleagues Colleen Lewis and Elizabeth Patitsas, has had a Birds of a Feather sessions accepted for the upcoming SIGCSE 2017 conference. Alternative Publishing and Dissemination of CS Education Research, Nickolas Falkner, Elizabeth Patitsas and Colleen Lewis. Accepted for SIGCSE 2017. Large volumes of Computer Science Educational  (CS Ed) material are published […]

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LAK 2017: Discourse Analysis to Improve the Effective Engagement of MOOC Videos

Early results from our new project exploring discourse analysis in MOOC videos with the aim of improving learner engagement has been accepted for the upcoming LAK conference. This is a great result and one that reflects some of the new directions in learning analytics based on MOOC-level data analysis. Thushari Atapattu and Katrina Falkner, Discourse Analysis […]

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Research Contract: Understanding Australia’s Teaching Culture with Respect to Gender Diversity, Google Australia, $26,764 (2017)

Our collaborative research project with the Department of Gender Studies and Social Sciences explores how we can better understand the issue of gender diversity in Computer Science, and how we can make changes in our educational environments to approach more equal representation.  In our work so far, we have explored perceptions of academic staff in terms of their […]

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L@S 2017: Formal Forum Triage: Towards the Strategic Selection of Responses to Student Discussion Forums

We have commenced a new project in the area of learning analytics exploring how we can better understand how students engage in student discussion forums, with the aim of building models that describe and inform educator interventions. Early work in this new project has been accepted as a Work in Progress paper for the upcoming […]

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Research Contract: Understanding the relationship between social community formation and progression within MOOC environments, Google Australia, $37,697 (2017)

We are continuing our collaborative research relationship with Google Australia through a new research contract supporting us in a deep data analysis of our community-based MOOCs, designed to further our analysis into successful MOOC models for professional learning within Computer Science. K. Falkner, R. Vivian and T. Atapattu, Understanding the relationship between social community formation and […]

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SIGCSE 2017: Broadening Participation in Computer Science: Key Strategies from International Findings

As part of Rebecca Vivian’s Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship exploring research into best practice for promoting the participation of young people, particularly girls, in STEM, we will be presenting a Special Session at the upcoming SIGCSE 2017 conference. It would be great to talk through Rebecca’s initial findings, and to hear your own observations at this […]

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SIGCSE 2017: Reflecting on Three Offerings of a Community-Centric MOOC for K-6 Computer Science Teachers

An analysis of our work on the CSER MOOC project has been accepted for SIGCSE 2017. In this project, we have constructed an open MOOC for K-6 teachers to help them develop knowledge and skill in Digital Technologies, the new Australian Curriculum learning area addressing fundamental computer science requirements. In this paper, we describe the […]

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