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)

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

The enhancing compiler error messages saga: the saga continues

I was sorry to have missed Raymond Pettit, John Homer and Roger Gee presenting the latest installment of what is becoming the enhanced compiler error messages saga at SIGCSE earlier this month. Their paper “Do Enhanced Compiler Error Messages Help Students?: Results Inconclusive” [1] was two-pronged. It contrasted the work of Denny et al. [2] (which … More The enhancing compiler error messages saga: the saga continues

‘Supercomputing’ in the curriculum

A recent article on ComputerWeekly.com is calling for supercomputing to be put ‘in the curriculum’. In it, Tim Stitt, head of scientific computing at the Earlham Institute, a life science institute in Norwich, UK, says children should be learning supercomputing and data analysis concepts from a young age. Although I agree in principle, the article … More ‘Supercomputing’ in the curriculum