Paper deadline extended for the 7th Computer Science Education Research Conference (CSERC ’18)

The 7th Computer Science Education Research Conference (CSERC ’18) has announced an extended deadline for papers (20 June). Conference Dates: 10-12 October 2018 Location: Saint-Petersburg, Russia URL:  https://www.ou.nl/web/cserc Important dates: Paper Submission deadline: Wednesday 20 June 2018 Review deadline: Friday 3 Aug 2018 Notification of paper acceptance: Thursday 9 Aug 2018 Conference: 10-12 October 2018 Submission of … More Paper deadline extended for the 7th Computer Science Education Research Conference (CSERC ’18)

Computing history in the classroom: The cereal box toy that was an early hacking device, and nuclear weapons systems that depend on floppy disks

I’m a big fan of using history in the computing classroom. Computing and computing education have rich histories, and as computing is a relatively young discipline, only recently has much of that history started to signifiantly pre-date the lives of the students we teach. I often forget (until I hear myself talking) that most of … More Computing history in the classroom: The cereal box toy that was an early hacking device, and nuclear weapons systems that depend on floppy disks

Computational thinking compulsory at two top-50 universities

As I was sitting on a draft of this post about plans at Asia’s top ranked university to make computational thinking compulsory for all students, I got a notification from Mark Guzdial’s blog about a top European university with a very similar initiative. The Times Higher Education has reported that the president of the National … More Computational thinking compulsory at two top-50 universities

Final call: Calling all Irish Introductory Programming lecturers!

This is a final call for my survey of Introductory Programming modules (courses) at third-level institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you happen to teach a current Introduction to Programming course (during any semester) I would really appreciate if you would be willing to complete the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Ireland_CS1). If you don’t teach on an … More Final call: Calling all Irish Introductory Programming lecturers!

Girls in Computer Science: the STEM Paradox, the Scully Effect and more

The Financial Times published an article today on the state of gender imbalance in academic computer science. Many of the facts in this arena are oft-mentioned, perhaps to the point that some of us don’t critically think about them – a statistical overload perhaps. That’s why I think it’s important to listen to what others … More Girls in Computer Science: the STEM Paradox, the Scully Effect and more

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity – Artificial Intelligence in Education

Please note that a candidate has been selected for this proposal and we are not seeking further applications. If you would be interested in similar opportunities, please contact me via email and provide your CV. I expect a similar position coming up later this year. Please distribute to relevant mailing lists. Thank you. University College … More Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity – Artificial Intelligence in Education

Dagstuhl Seminar 18061: Evidence about programmers for programming language design

Last week I was fortunate to attend a seminar at Schloss Dagstuhl. It was a unique, immersive, possibly once-in-a-lifetime experience of computer science flavoured academic inquiry. Seminar 18061 was titled: Evidence About Programmers for Programming Language Design. That’s quite a mouthful, but the basic idea is this – too often, design choices that go into new programming … More Dagstuhl Seminar 18061: Evidence about programmers for programming language design

Calling Irish Third-Level Intro to Programming Lecturers!

I am conducting a survey of Introductory Programming modules (courses) at third-level institutions in Ireland and Northern Ireland. If you happen to teach a current Introduction to Programming course (during any semester) I would really appreciate if you would be willing to complete the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Ireland_CS1). If you don’t teach on an intro course, but … More Calling Irish Third-Level Intro to Programming Lecturers!

Computer Science Education news in the UK: Good and not so good

This week there was some good news for computer science education in the UK, but the GCSE controversy over leaked assessment information contributed to some not so good news. As reported by ComputerWeekly.com, computer science has seen a small spike in undergraduate demand in the UK, according to the most recent Higher education student statistics … More Computer Science Education news in the UK: Good and not so good

40 Schools to offer new Computer Science Leaving Cert announced

Minister for Education Richard Bruton today announced the 40 schools that will offer the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science from September 2018, and be the first schools to sit an exam on the subject in 2020. The announcement comes after years of build-up which has been covered in previous posts. Those outside Ireland can read more … More 40 Schools to offer new Computer Science Leaving Cert announced