SICSA Education: Towards a School-University Educational Continuum in Computing – Theme Launch

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Date(s) - 25/06/2014
All Day

CIS, University of Strathclyde, 11th Floor Livingstone Tower

Exact location TBC

With the Curriculum for Excellence rolling rapidly towards university entrance, there is an unmissable opportunity to ensure school education in computing fits well with university education. The primary purpose of this mini-theme is to form a network of interested academics, to identify relevant opportunities, and to speak with a unified voice to the various organisations involved.

The theme will open with a workshop, to be held in Glasgow on 25th June 2014. Anyone is welcome and indeed encouraged to attend, the only criteria being that (1) you have a passionate interest in the subject, and (2) you are prepared to do some work towards it.

The main purpose of the first workshop is to identify interested individuals from the Higher Education sector. A more detailed programme will be forthcoming shortly. To ensure focus, we will work on concrete topics, as well as higher-level policy ideas; the concrete topics of the day will be

(a) the assessment of program comprehension skills using the SQA-adopted pseudocode notation (“Haggis”), and

(b) teaching computing without computers: educating for Computational Thinking

A mailing list for anyone interested in the theme will be announced shortly, but in the meantime anybody interested in attending the workshop should contact

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