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The University of Adelaide Australia

acec 2012


The First Adelaide Computing Education Conventicle


The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus, Adelaide, South Australia, 26th November, 2012

The Conventicle is a one-day conference about all aspects of teaching computing in higher education, in its practical and theoretical aspects, which includes computer science, information systems, information technology, and branches of both mathematics and statistics. The Conventicle is free and open to all who wish to attend. The format will consist of presentations, discussion forums and opportunities to network over lunch, and morning and afternoon tea.

The Conventicles have a long history in other states, allowing a discussion forum for how we teach, why we teach, what we can do better and provide us with an opportunity to share our knowledge at a local level without having to travel to conferences or subscribe to an every growing set of journals.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • First year teaching
  • Media computation and 'general' computing courses
  • Professional requirements
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Educational research that can be applied from other disciplines
  • Assessment approaches
  • Managing student requirements
  • On-line learning
  • The issue of MOOCs and their impact on our sector

acec will involve a combination of presentation sessions and in-depth discussion sessions, presenting current research and practice. If you are interested in learning and teaching, then we'd love to see you.

Program

Session Presenter Start time Topic
8:30 Coffee and Conversation
Morning 1 Simon/Nick Falkner 9:00 Welcome and introduction
Raymond Lister 9:30 On the reliability of Classifying Programming Tasks Using a Neo-Piagetian Theory of Cognitive Development
Andrea Duff and Kathy Darzanos and Mark Osborne  10:00 "It's all about the people"; building cultural competence in IT graduates
David Knight 10:30 Thinking about Algorithms
11:00 Morning Tea
Morning 2 Katrina Falkner 11:30 Experiences with Social Constructivism
Simon 12:00 Programming exam questions: complexity and difficulty
12:30 Lunch
Afternoon 1 13:00 Conversations:
  • Theme 1: Lost skills and dying arts.
  • Theme 2: Dealing with Change
Chad Habel 13:30 ICT Literacy Education for University Preparation: From Skills to Engagement.
Nick Falkner 14:00 Online Collaboration with Piazza
14:30 Afternoon Tea
Afternoon 2 Panel 15:00 Panel 1 - Team Based Learning in Computer Science
Team
 based
 learning
 
 is
 an
 active
 learning
 method
 that
 relies
 on
 students
 doing
 some
 reading
 before
 the
 class
 time
 which
 is
 used
 to
 test
 their
 understanding

 (using
 individual
 and
 team
 quizzes)
 and
 then
 team
 activities
 build
 from
 that
 basic
knowledge.
The panel
session
will
 present
 their
 
 experiences
 and
 discuss
 ways
 to
 increase
 team‐based
 work
 in the classroom.

Panel 16:15 Panel 2 - Superlab
Brand new labs bring brand new challenges. The Panel will conduct a discussion of their experiences, the good, the bad and the electronically ugly, to discuss how these spaces can be made to work for you. What should you expect to have to do if you are assigned a new, fully-feature space? How can you approach this?
17:15 Close

Further Information

Call for Participation

acec Committee
School of Computer Science
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, S.A., 5005, Australia

jnick@cs.adelaide.edu.au
http://www.cs.adelaide.edu.au/~acec2012/