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Computer Science Education Research Group
The Computer Science Education Research Group, based at the University of Adelaide in the School of Computer Science, aims to promote research and scholarship both within the field of Computer Science Education and more broadly in the Higher Education sector. The goal of CSER is to understand how we can improve the teaching and learning of computing, and how contemporary issues in higher education, such as the use of new technologies, can impact upon the teaching and learning environment.
Recent research within the group includes research into collaborative learning strategies, specifically collaborative learning within large first year classes, assessment requirements, and the specific skills required by teaching staff involved in collaborative learning activities; communication skill development within discipline contexts; and the use of rigorous data analysis to improve teaching design and improve the student learning experience.
The CSER Group is always looking for good students to join our group, from Honours level through to PhD. If you are interested in studying with us, please review the project areas published on this site, and contact Dr Katrina Falkner for more information.
News and Updates
Paper: N. Falkner and K. Falkner, A Fast Measure for Identifying At-Risk Students in Computer Science. Accepted for the International Computing Education Research Workshop (ICER).
Paper: T. Atapattu, K. Falkner and N. Falkner, Automated Extraction of Semantic Concepts from Semi-Structured Data: Supporting Computer-based Education through the Analysis of Lecture Notes. Accepted for the 23rd International Conference on Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA).
Grant: E-Learning: Integrating technology to maximise student learning and minimise additional teacher workload. N. Falkner, C. Willis, M. Docherty, Simon, E. Sitnikova, C. Pigrim, J. Amarego, Australian Council of Deans of ICT Learning and Teaching Academy Learning and Teaching Grant Competitive Grant Scheme ($15,000), 2012-2013
Workshop: R, Sooriamurthi, N. Falkner and Z. Michalewicz, Puzzle-Based Learning: Introducing Creative Thinking and Problem Solving for Computer Science and Engineering. Presented at SIGCSE 2012, February 29-March 3, Raleigh, USA, 2012.
Paper: K. Falkner and N. Falkner, Integrating Communication Skills into the Computer Science Curriculum. In Proceedings of SIGCSE 2012, February 29-March 3, Raleigh, USA, 2012.
Book Chapter: K. Falkner, Engaging Large First Year Classes. In S. Grainger and C. Kestell (Eds), Engineering Education: an Australian Perspective, Multi-Science Publishing, 534pp, October 2011.
Book Chapter: N. Falkner, R. Sooriamurthi and Z. Michalewicz, Puzzle-Based Learning: The first three years. In S. Grainger and C. Kestell (Eds), Engineering Education: an Australian Perspective, Multi-Science Publishing, 534pp, October 2011.
Research Contract: Review of Model Driven Software Engineering Practice: Development of Curriculum. K. Falkner, DSTO Research Project Contract ($70,000) (2010-2011)
Paper: N. Falkner, R. Sooriamurthi, and Z. Michalewicz, Puzzle-Based Learning for Engineering and Computer Science, IEEE Computer, Vol.43, No.4, April 2010, pp. 20 - 28.