Understanding the teaching context of first year ICT education in Australia

Matthew Butler, Judy Sheard, Michael Morgan, Katrina Falkner, Simon, Amali Weerasinghe

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    This paper reports on an investigation of the teaching context of first-year Information and Communications Technology (ICT) courses at Australian universities and the influences of this on students' learning experiences. This is part of a larger project which aimed to identify and disseminate good practices in ICT teaching at Australian universities with a specific focus on the first-year experience. We conducted a systematic review of the research literature from the previous five years and an online search of information on existing courses and content, and interviewed 30 academics concerned with design and delivery of the first-year learning experience in 25 Australian universities. From our study of teaching context we gained a comprehensive view of the current curricula, teaching models and teaching spaces and were able to outline the unique challenges that our first-year ICT students face and to recommend areas for further investigation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015)
    EditorsDaryl J. D'Souza, Katrina Falkner
    Place of PublicationSydney NSW Australia
    PublisherAustralian Computer Society Inc
    Pages101 - 109
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9781921770425
    ISBN (Print)9781921770425
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2015 - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 27 Jan 201530 Jan 2015
    Conference number: 17th
    https://dblp.org/db/conf/ace/ace2015.html (Proceedings)

    Publication series

    NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
    ISSN (Print)1445-1336


    ConferenceAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2015
    Abbreviated titleACE 2015
    OtherACE is held in conjunction with Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW).
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    • Curriculum
    • First year
    • Learning spaces
    • Student experience

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