The Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Humanitarian Design Summit program is an educational study tour designed to provide students with professional work experience while allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the role Human-Centred Design and technology play in creating positive change within communities.
Career development education can play a critical role in shaping students’ career and study choices, especially regarding STEM study and careers. This brings us to question, what is Australia’s current career development landscape?
As the Smart Cities movement gathers momentum worldwide, a new generation of University of Adelaide students is preparing to take our urban lives to entirely new levels of sophistication, satisfaction and sustainability.
On paper, smart technology would appear capable of supporting and enhancing virtually every aspect of urban life. But in real world applications, of course, technological capability is no guarantee of success.
In 2015, we released a blog post that looked at enrolment trends in Information Technology and Engineering courses. We were motivated to do this due to the introduction of the new Digital Technologies learning area within the Australian Curriculum, and the belief that despite Digital Technologies and associated industries representing 16% of the Australian GDP, that Higher Education struggles to attract students to consider computing pathways.
Our collaborative research project with the Department of Gender Studies and Social Sciences explores how we can better understand the issue of gender diversity in Computer Science, and how we can make changes in our educational environments to approach more equal representation.
Research Contract: Understanding the Relationship Between Social Community Formation and Progression within MOOC Environments
We are continuing our collaborative research relationship with Google Australia through a new research contract supporting us in a deep data analysis of our community-based MOOCs, designed to further our analysis into successful MOOC models for professional learning within Computer Science.
Research Contract: Supporting Teachers to Assess Student Learning in K-10 Computer Science, ESA (2016-2018)
K-10 Computer Science (CS) Education is a new domain with very limited resourcing in respect of assessment. The Australian Digital Technologies and Learning Forum (2015) acknowledged assessment as a critical area for further work, and our recent review of available K-12 Computer Science education resources identified that assessment was one key area where resource development was required to support the use of existing high-quality resources in the classroom.
Dr Rebecca Vivian has been awarded a Barbara Cail STEM Fellowship. The Fellowships are a highly prestigious award from the Australian Government, funded through a partnership between Chief Executive Women (CEW) and the Office for Women within the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Only two awards are awarded nationally for this Fellowship scheme. Ms Sarah Chapman, a prize-winning Science educator from Townsville is the second recipient.
Research Contract: For the Expanded Rollout and Support of the University of Adelaide Digital Technology MOOCs
Our CSER MOOC project provides professional development support for K-8 teachers across Australia in defining and understanding appropriate pedagogy for the teaching of computational thinking within the primary and lower secondary context.