$6.9 Million Funding Agreement with Department of Education and Training to Support K-12 Digital Technologies
Today we hosted a visit from Minister Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, and Minister Pyne, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, to announce a new funding agreement expand our work with the CSER MOOCs to a national support program for Australian teachers within the Digital Technologies space!
The underrepresentation of women in Computer Science (CS) remains a crucial problem despite significant efforts by both industry and academia to redress the issue. A large number of studies exist in the literature focusing on the reasons why female students do not take up Computer Science or do not stay, and how the pipeline, i.e., the path from kindergarten to university, is broken.
A paper about CSER’s work with the Digital Technologies MOOC has been accepted for presentation and publication in the Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE) next year.
Digital technologies are becoming increasingly pervasive and many careers today involve some aspect of technology – from medicine, business, education, fashion, economics and many others. Simply viewing the Careers with Code guide, one can see the vast variety and applications of Computing and Engineering-related careers, as well as the application of coding across a number of disciplines.
This research project involved the development of a semi-systematic review to identify, categorise and assess available computer science education resources for students and teachers that are suitable for use with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies.
The Coding Across the Curriculum research project involves the development of a semi-systematic review to identify, categorise and assess available offline and online computer science resources for students and teachers that are suitable for use with the Technologies learning area.
Research Grant: Automated Analysis of MOOC Discussion Content to Support Personalised Learning, K. Falkner, Google MOOC Focused Research Awards. ($50,000 US) (2015-2016)
Discussion forums or communities form a significant component of many MOOCs and the interaction between MOOC participants is essential in assisting their learning. However, participants reportedly struggle with the overwhelming abundance of information and the requirement of self-directed learning common within MOOC environments, making it difficult to identify useful discussion content and contribute effectively.
The special issue of Research in Learning Technology has been released with two papers by CSER members. The first is based on the work on MOOCs for teacher professional development in computing curriculum and Rebecca’s work on social media. The special issue is edited by Dr Steven Verjans, Dr Lesley Gourley and Dr Meg O’Reilly.
CSER have paired up with Digital Careers and Google in a sponsorship agreement to fund the development of a MOOC designed to support teachers of years 7 & 8 in implementing the new Digital Technologies Curriculum, building on our previous work in developing the CSER MOOC for Foundation-6.
CSER are continuing their collaborative relationship with Google Australia and New Zealand in a research contract to develop further MOOC support for Australian primary school teachers for Foundation-6.