Applications Open: UCD Professional Diploma in Educational Studies – Computational Thinking

The University College Dublin Schools of Education and Computer Science are pleased to announce that the Professional Diploma in Educational Studies (Computational Thinking) is now open for applications for the 2018/19 academic year. The PDES (Computational Thinking) is a 30 credit, part-time, Level 9 NQF programme taught jointly by the School of Education and the School of Computer Science … More Applications Open: UCD Professional Diploma in Educational Studies – Computational Thinking

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

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!

Irish Computer Science Leaving Certificate Curriculum Consultation Update

Last Tuesday I attended a consultation session for the Leaving Certificate Computer Science Curriculum. This is Ireland’s shot at putting CS on the pre-university curriculum, specifically the Irish Senior Cycle – which leads right up to where secondary school and university meet. I am particularly interested in this as I teach, research, and am pretty … More Irish Computer Science Leaving Certificate Curriculum Consultation Update

Introducing programming to the Irish primary and secondary curricula

Yesterday the Irish government anounced more strategy for their plan to introduce programming to the primary and secondary curricula. As currently set out, this will take place through the mathematics curriculum (at least at the primary level). As part of the wider plan, Computer Science will be introduced as a secondary level (high school) subject, … More Introducing programming to the Irish primary and secondary curricula

Irish computer science dropout rate falls

The number of students dropping out of Irish computer science courses before beginning their second year has fallen for the first time in several years. This is welcome news, particularly as in recent years, Computer Science courses have had some of the worst progression rates of all courses. This year* their progression rate has risen … More Irish computer science dropout rate falls

Computer Science to be offered in Irish secondary curriculum by 2019

According to RTE news, the Irish Minister for Education has said that Computer Science, including programming, will be a Leaving Certificate subject by 2019, paving the way for Irish students to have the option to study the subject at secondary school. However the nature of the curriculum has not been settled, nor is not known … More Computer Science to be offered in Irish secondary curriculum by 2019

‘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

Open letter from 27 governors and business leaders push congress on CS education

In an open letter, 27 state governors and a who’s who of technology business leaders have urged congress to help provide CS education in K-12 schools, stating “We ask you to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science”. The list of signatories includes Bill and Melinda … More Open letter from 27 governors and business leaders push congress on CS education