United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research 2020 conference

12 January 2021

By Dr Joseph Maguire, University of Glasgow

The United Kingdom and Ireland Computing Education Research (UKICER) conference is sponsored by the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) UK Special Interest Group in Computing Science Education (SIGCSE) chapter and is emerging as one of the leading venues nationally for researchers to meet and share advances in computing science education research. The conference attracts academics, researchers, practitioners as well as PhD students from around the world to share and discuss computing science education research.

UKICER 2020 was held virtually at the University of Glasgow in September 2020. Professor Quintin Cutts and Joseph Maguire were General and Programme Chairs for the conference. SICSA sponsored the event with 10 papers presented at the conference and published on the ACM Digital Library. Topics included programming, cyber security and cognitive concerns in computing science. Workshops were delivered on the use of video in computing science education as well as the integration of early career research academics into the UK computing science education community.  A number of posters were also presented on a number of topics, including widening participation in computing science and improving assessment.

Over 60 delegates participated in the conference from around the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as from Europe and North America. The conference proved to be an engaging and exciting event despite having to move from being physical to virtual and would not have been as successful without SICSA sponsorship. The success of the event has led to the confirmation by the UK ACM SIGCSE board that UKICER 2021 will be held at the University of Glasgow.

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