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

Girls ‘just as good as boys’ at computer science work

This week the Irish Independent published an article reporting on some work by Maynooth University colleagues Keith Quille, Susan Bergin, and Natalie Culligan, focussing on gender aspects of performance in computer science, and how computer science as an academic subject is experienced. The paper was presented at the 2017 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in … More Girls ‘just as good as boys’ at computer science work

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

Stack Exchange for Computer Science Educators now in public beta!

A Stack Exchange site for Computer Science Educators went to public beta yesterday. Stack Exchange beta phases last at least 90 days, during which the powers that be keep an eye on key stats to decide if the site shows viability. The Stack Exchange Area 51 site where the stats mentioned below are continuously updated can … More Stack Exchange for Computer Science Educators now in public beta!

The New York Times on cheating in university programming courses

Yesterday the New York Times published an article on cheating in university computer programming courses. To anyone who has taught a programming course, much of the narrative is probably all too familiar. Nonetheless, it is interesting to see it featured in mainstream media, it is helpful to hear about what is happening at different universities, … More The New York Times on cheating in university programming courses

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