ITiCSE 2020 was my first virtual conference. Amber Settle has a great summary here so I’m not going to go down that road, short of saying that the organisers did a fantastic job pivoting at what really was the 11th hour, to move ITiCSE online.
What I want to talk about is the amazing Irish showing at ITiCSE! Ireland has been to ITiCSE before, and of course, it was held in Dublin way back in the day. My first ITiCSE was 2016 (Peru) and I’m pretty sure I was the only person there from Ireland and the only Irish paper. This year though – wow!
Ireland had 16 authors presenting 7 papers, 2 posters, 2 doctoral consortium posters, contributed to 3 working groups, and in addition provided 2 associate program chairs and 5 reviewers! Of these authors, 11 are SIGCSEire members. There were also several other SIGCSEire members who attended ITicSE, most for the first time! In addition, the best poster award went to Mooney et al. (below), One of the best paper finalists was Denny, Prather & Becker (below), and the following 2018 working group was selected as one of the 5 best ITiCSE working group reports of all time!
Introductory programming: a systematic literature review. Andrew Luxton-Reilly, Simon, Ibrahim Albluwi, Brett A. Becker, Michail Giannakos, Amruth N. Kumar, Linda Ott, James Paterson, Michael James Scott, Judy Sheard, and Claudia Szabo
BTW, all of the papers and contributions here are available free of charge to anyone until June 30. After that, anything with my name on it is always available to anyone, anytime at www.brettbecker.com/publications.
- Promoting a Growth Mindset in CS1: Does One Size Fit All? A Pilot Study. Keith Quille (TU Dublin), Susan Bergin (Maynooth University)
- An International Pilot Study of K-12 Teachers’ Computer Science Self-Esteem. Rebecca Vivian, Keith Quille (TU Dublin), Monica M. McGill, Katrina Falkner, Sue Sentance, Sarah Barksdale , Leonard Busuttil, Elizabeth Cole, Christine Liebe, Francesco Maiorana
- Developing an Inclusive K-12 Outreach Model. Karen Nolan, Roisin Faherty, Keith Quille (TU Dublin), Brett A. Becker (University College Dublin), Susan Bergin (Maynooth University)
- Engage Against the Machine: Rise of the Notional Machines as Effective Pedagogical Devices. Paul E. Dickson, Neil C. C. Brown, Brett A. Becker (University College Dublin)
- Soft Skills: What do Computing Program Syllabi Reveal About Non-Technical Expectations of Undergraduate Students? Wouter Groeneveld, Brett A. Becker (University College Dublin), Joost Vennekens (KU Leuven)
- ProgSnap2: A Flexible Format for Programming Process Data. Thomas W. Price, David Hovemeyer, Kelly Rivers, Ge Gao, Austin Cory Bart, Ayaan M. Kazerouni, Brett A. Becker (University College Dublin), Andrew Petersen, Luke Gusukuma, Stephen H. Edwards, David Babcock
- Error Message Readability and Novice Debugging Performance. Paul Denny, James Prather, Brett A. Becker (University College Dublin)
- Exploring Sense of Belonging in Computer Science Students. Catherine Mooney, Anna Antoniadi, Ioannis Karvelas, Lána Salmon, Brett A. Becker (University College Dublin)
- CLuAI – Conversational Learning using Artificial Intelligence: An Interactive and Adaptive Chatbot Learning Framework for Teaching Programming. Michael Gavin, Frank G. Glavin (National University of Ireland, Galway)
- The Impact of English Language on Non-Native English Speaking Students’ Performance in Programming Class. Suad Alaofi (University College Dublin)
- Frame-Based Novice Programming. Joe Dillane (University College Dublin)
- Toward High Performance Computing Education. Rajendra K. Raj, Carol J. Romanowski, Sherif G. Aly, Brett A. Becker (University College Dublin), Juan Chen, Sheikh Ghafoor, Nasser Giacaman, Steven I. Gordo), Cruz Izu, Shahram Rahimi, Michael P. Robson, Neena Thota
- Developing a Model Augmented Reality Curriculum. Mikhail Fominykh, Fridolin Wild, Ralf Klamma, Mark Billinghurst, Lisandra S. Costiner, Andrey Karsakov, Eleni Mangina (University College Dublin), Judith Molka-Danielsen, Ian Pollock, Marius Preda , Aljosa Smolic
- Reviewing Computing Education Papers. Marian Petre, Kate Sanders, Robert McCartney, Marzieh Ahmadzadeh, Cornelia Connolly (National University of Ireland Galway), Sally Hamouda, Brian Harrington, Jérémie Lumbroso, Joseph Maguire, Lauri Malmi, Monica M. McGill, Jan Vahrenhold
The working group reports above are only abstracts at the moment. The full reports will hopefully be out in December.
Gear up team Ireland, there’s only 12 months until ITiCSE 2021 in Paderborn, Germany!