Our work in Computer Science pedagogy looks at specific learning approaches or understanding of learning within Computer Science. This addresses issues such as understanding how students develop their mental models of the software development process, and the identification of self-regulated learning strategies that are specific to the Computer Science discipline. We also explore the fundamentals of computational thinking – and how we can better understand how to teach computational thinking as a process. This places an emphasis on the problem solving and problem construction process, over the technical details of programming itself.
Within this space, we also have an interest in some of the core issues that impact Computer Science as a discipline, one of which is equity concerns – why is it that female students tend to participate in low levels in our field? We are working to better understand this fundamental question, as well as exploring broader equity issues such as the inclusion of Indigenous Australians.
A follow on paper from our ALTA-funded project exploring the learning and teaching of introductory programming within Australian Universities has been accepted for publication at ITiCSE 2017. Judy Sheard, Simon, Matthew Butler, Katrina Falkner, Michael Morgan and Amali Weerasinghe, Strategies for Maintaining Academic Integrity in First-Year Computing Courses. Accepted for ITiCSE 2017. Safeguarding academic integrity is an […]
A project led by Claudia Szabo and Nick Falkner has been accepted for ITiCSE 2017. Claudia Szabo and Nick Falkner, Silence, Words, or Grades: The Effects of Lecturer Feedback in Multi-Revision Assignments. Accepted for ITiCSE 2017. Detailed in-depth feedback on programming assignments is beneficial because it identifies specific software design and development aspects that students […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In our research and our teaching practice we have been exploring new ways of engaging students over a number of years, with a particular interest in active and collaborative learning strategies. In our first EdX MOOC, Think Create Code, we built upon Mark Guzdial’s work in Media Computation and contextualised learning to create an introductory […]
Research Contract: Pathways to Computer Science: Enabling Equity and Diversity, Google Research Contract. K. Falkner, C. Szabo, A. Szorenyi, and D. Michell. ($55,000) (2015-2016) The underrepresentation of women in Computer Science (CS) remains a crucial problem despite significant efforts by both industry and academia to redress the issue. A large number of studies exist in […]
We are so excited to see so many people starting to learn to code in our online course, Think Create Code, and also to see some of the amazing artworks that people are producing. One of the most exciting things for me in this course is to see so many people learning from each other, […]