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$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!

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Research Contract: Pathways to Computer Science: Enabling Equity and Diversity

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.

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Ace 2015: Teaching Computational Thinking in K-6: The CSER Digital Technologies MOOC

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.

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A Look at IT and Engineering Enrolments in Australia

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.

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CSER Report: A Review of Computer Science Education Resources

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.

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Research Contract: Coding Across the Curriculum – Curriculum Mapping and Analysis

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.

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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.

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CSER Papers in the Research in Learning Technology Special Issue

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.

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Sponsorship Contract: Addressing the Challenge of the Digital Technologies Curriculum (Years 7 & 8)

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.

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Research Contract: Building Digital Technologies Capacity

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.

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