Computer Science Education: Ireland Engaged Early!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE), SIGCSE Board Member-at-Large Briana Morrison is compiling a history blog and circulating it on the SIGCSE members list. It makes a fascinating read and must be a lot of work, but it is appreciated! She started circulating it in … More Computer Science Education: Ireland Engaged Early!

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

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

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!

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

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

Irish Leaving Certificate in Computer Science: Draft Specification

Any regular readers of this blog know that Computer Science has been mooted to become a Leaving Certificate subject in Ireland for some time, with any details speculated upon and often vague, and/or changing. However, last week things moved one step closer towards a concrete reality with the unveiling of the draft specification for the … More Irish Leaving Certificate in Computer Science: Draft Specification

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

Computer science in China: high employment, highest satisfaction and salaries

Each spring I teach on University College Dublin‘s Software Engineering and Internet of Things Engineering Degrees in Beijing. The degree is offered by the Beijing Dublin International College (Chinese language link), a recognised college of UCD and the Beijing University of Technology. Back in October, I reported on China topping the list of best programming … More Computer science in China: high employment, highest satisfaction and salaries