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How confident are teachers to assess student learning in Digital Technologies?

A paper on our recent work exploring assessment in Computer Science education has been published in the Proceedings of the 13th Workshop in Primary and Secondary Computing Education (WiPSCE). This month, Professor Falkner travelled to Potsdam, Germany, to present the work at the 2018 WiPSCE conference. In Australia, schools have begun implementation phases of the […]

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An ecosystem approach to teacher professional development

We have been running our teacher professional development program in K-12 Digital Technologies Education for four years now, with our first massively open online course (MOOC) released in partnership with Google Australia in 2014. Since then, we have tested, iterated and refined our community-centric MOOC model, and with funding from the Australian Department of Education […]

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Introducing PhD Candidate, Menasha Thilakaratne

Menasha is a full-time PhD student with us at CSER, supervised by Professor Falkner and Dr Atapattu. She has recently completed the first year Major Review milestone. Before joining the University of Adelaide, Menasha completed the Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and was awarded two gold medals for […]

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Computers & Education – Self-Regulated Learning Strategies using e-Learning Tools

A paper led by PhD Candidate, Rita Garcia, “Systematic Literature Review: Self-Regulated Learning Strategies using e-Learning Tools for Computer Science” has been accepted for the journal Computers & Education. This paper helps inform Rita’s PhD on the use of tools to support codification pedagogy in introductory programming assignments. Abstract: In 1986, Barry Zimmerman and Manuel Martinez-Pons […]

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ACL-SRW 2018: Automatic Detection of Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge Associations

Congratulations to Menasha Thilakaratne for having her thesis work accepted for the Student Research Workshop at ACL 2018!! M. Thilakaratne, K. Falkner and T. Atapattu. Automatic Detection of Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge Associations. Accepted for Student Research Workshop at ACL 2018. Detecting interesting, cross-disciplinary knowledge associations hidden in scientific publications can greatly assist scientists to formulate and validate scientifically […]

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SIGCSE 2018: Rita Garcia awarded best Demo!

PhD candidate, Rita Garcia, won best Demonstration at SIGCSE 2018 for her work on “Parsons Problems usage within a MOOC Pedagogy“. Parsons Problems is an effective Introductory Programming teaching tool that allows students to arrange code to form a functional program, reducing their cognitive load so they can focus on programming concepts. The demonstration showed how […]

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A Report on the Careers Development Landscape in Australia

Career development education can play a critical role in shaping students’ career and study choices, especially regarding STEM study and careers. This brings us to question, what is Australia’s current career development landscape? We had Daniel Ng, a Computer Science student, work with us at the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) on a Summer Research project to investigate this […]

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Research Study into K-12 Digital Technologies Assessment

We would like to invite teachers to participate in an online survey about assessment for the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. We would like to learn about teacher confidence, experience and perceptions to help us understand how we can best support teachers to assess student learning. Please follow the link for more information. You will have the […]

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Supporting K-12 Assessment for Digital Technologies

Our free webinar “Approaches to Support Assessment of the Digital Technologies Curriculum” with Dr Rebecca Vivian and Martin Richards is now available to watch at your convenience on the Digital Technologies Hub. In this one-hour webinar, Rebecca shares an assessment framework designed to support teachers with the interpretation of the ACARA Digital Technologies achievement stands and with approaches to designing […]

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Computers and Education: A comprehensive text analysis of lecture slides to generate concept maps

Final results from Thushari Atapattu’s thesis have been accepted for publication in Computers and Education: Thushari Atapattu, Katrina Falkner, and Nickolas Falkner. 2017. A comprehensive text analysis of lecture slides to generate concept maps. Comput. Educ. 115, C (December 2017), 96-113. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2017.08.001 Current instructional methods widely support verbal learning through linear and sequential teaching […]

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