I just uploaded the final version of the Aligning Quality Assurance at the Course Unit and Educational Program Levels for the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference. This paper is mainly about how a Database course was redesigned at Reykjavik University based on the results of a Quality Assurance process, which we have described in e.g. Quality Assurance using International Curricula and Employer Feedback presented at the ACM Australasian Computing Education conference (ACE) in Sydney, Australia 2015. The interesting things in my opinion is that the Quality Assurance process was actually seen as relevant and positive by the staff at Reykjavik University and the relatively detailed description of how the ACM/IEEE Curricula guidelines could be used in updating and implementing a course. The first since Quality Assurance processes in my experience mostly have been seen as something requiring a lot of work with not much value as seen from the teaching staff perspective. The second since it could lower the bar for teachers to use the ACM/IEEE Curricula guidelines, or similar ones, in their course planning.
.. time for another weekend.. in Sweden a pretty special one: Midsommar… guess that could be seen as a community thing… and belonging in a community is important… I’d see our success in getting papers in to the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education conference as a sign of us (UpCERG) being central to the computing/engineering education research community…. although one would perhaps not want to belong based on the criteria in this grook… 😮
There’s matter for reflection
in one’s fellow-men’s inanity:
it strengthens one’s conviction
of belonging to humanity.
… but perhaps anything that makes you belong is of value.. hmm.. nah… there are reasons that are *wrong*…
.. anyway.. hope you’ll find yourself in positive and enjoyable communities this weekend… here is where I’ll spend my midsummer weekend..
I got a book with grooks by Piet Hein from Michael Caspersen as a part of the program committee for ITiCSE 2002 when it was held in Aarhus, Denmark. I have since then sent weekend greeting using a grook to contemplate what has been going on in my life during the week. I hope this can be food for thought and inspiration for readers of my blog.
Just got word about the fourth paper and it also got accepted with minor revisions. This paper, A framework for writing personal learning agreements, is an outcome of project we got from Uppsala University. We have had two students helping us develop a system for supporting learning agreements in the IT in Society course. Part of the support we will provide is definitions of professional competencies and ideas for what to do in order to develop the chosen competencies. The perhaps more interesting support is the use of personas and scenarios to help identify with developing professional competencies. Read the paper
Yesterday I was at a party celebrating my former PhD-student, Mattias Wiggberg, turning 40 (his thesis is entitled Computer science project courses – contrasting students’ experiences with teachers’ expectations). Apart from having a generally nice time I also stumbled across opportunities. I meet someone from the Swedish patent and registration office and got to know that they have a drive to educate regarding patent this year. They give these for free 🙂 I also chatted with someone who will start at an Author school next semester and got a chance to discuss developing and assessing competencies. Will keep contact and hear more how that is done and experienced from a student perspective. Anyway, going to parties can be quite rewarding.
An important aspect of quality assurance is to have some form of reference to measure
against. ACM and IEEE both issue curricula documents documents. Today I got a mail with a link to a survey regarding reviewing the Final Draft of ACM/IEEE-CS Computer Engineering Curricula Guidelines (CE2016). The more comments on this the better, so if you have time, please contribute by answering the survey.
I have four paper abstracts and one panel proposal accepted for the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) conference to be held in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA in October 12-15. So far I have got notice that the panel Developments in global software education has been accepted with minor revisions, that the paper Students envisioning their future has been accepted, and that the papers A critical analysis of trends in student-centric engineering education and their implications for learning and Aligning quality assurance at the course unit and educational program levels both have been accepted with minor revisions. I am waiting to hear about the A framework for writing personal learning agreements paper. Feels good so far 🙂
Here is the grook and comments for this week:
.. being lazy is often seen as something bad… but it might be a good thing as a driving force for innovation…… although I guess Piet does not see anything good in the inventiveness attempted in this weeks grook…. 🙂
There is a certain
dear to a lazy-minded
that if you can but
keep your mouth in motion,
then every breath you take
…and perhaps I assume that would be Piet’s stance, since I advocate reflection as a good practice…
.. anyway.. enjoy your weekend and I hope you’ll not come across anyone constantly flapping his/her lips with little thought involved..
Mikey Goldweber and I were scouting out UCLan at Larnaca on Cyprus as potential site for ITiCSE (Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education) 2018. We found it quite to our taste, so it’s very likely the SIGCSE board will approve them to host ITiCSE 2018. So put it on your calendar, probably end of June, and while you’re at it why not also book ITiCSE 2017 in Bologna.
I hope you will be attending ITiCSE in Peru this summer, since I’m one of the keynote speakers and want a big audience!!
I will address how I view the identities of teachers and students interfering with integration of development of professional competencies in degree programs. I will give examples from our research and my experience that illustrates the difficulties and outline some potential interventions that might lead to changes. My hope is that this talk will result in many fruitful discussions, both at the talk and afterwards.