The University of Adelaide Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER) and eResearch Support (University Libraries and Technology Services) teamed-up on December 12th to bring UoA staff and students a free lunchtime ‘taster’ event in coding.
What is coding? Coding are instructions we give to computers to perform tasks for us. Coding is for everyone and is increasingly used in research to reduce mundane tasks, to increase efficiency and assist with analysis and visualisation of data. It’s about creating technology -not just consuming it. Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill in research data collection and analysis and many disciplines today involve some form of computation.
35 staff and students from across the university joined us for the event – along with a number of fantastic volunteers from the School of Computer Science. Participants learned a little about how coding is used in research at the University of Adelaide and began their coding experience with some introductory tutorials from Code.org. They were able to chat with our volunteers to learn more about research, the application of coding and what it’s like to study computer science. At the end of the hour, participants were shown where they could continue their learning journey and received their Certificates.
For those who were unable to attend the event, we have put together a little video to get you started. If you enjoyed this taster event where you got to learn something new, keep an eye out for future research events for staff and students at UoA here. Would you be interested in running your own Hour of Code event for your school, faculty, class or family? Head on over to http://hourofcode.com/au for free resources, activities and information.
Thanks to all who joined us – and our volunteers!
Happy coding & see you next year!