Archive for May 21, 2013

Please apply to ICER 2013 Doctoral Consortium!

I’ve been involved in the SIGCSE Doctoral Consortium when it was associated with the SIGCSE Symposium, and it’s even more valuable now that it’s associated with the ICER Conference.  I think I’m allowed to say that I’ve been invited to be a discussant at this year’s DC, and I’m looking forward to being there. Graduate students, please do apply; Advisors of students working in computing education, please encourage your students to apply!

The ICER 2013 Doctoral Consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to explore and develop their research interests in a workshop under the guidance of a panel of distinguished researchers. We invite students who feel they would benefit from this kind of feedback on their dissertation work to apply for this unique opportunity to share their work with students in a similar situation as well as senior researchers in the field. The strongest candidates will be those who have a clear topic and research approach, and have made some progress, but who are not so far along that they can no longer make changes. However, we welcome submissions from students at any stage of their doctoral studies. In addition to stating how you will gain from participation, both you and your advisor should be clear on what you can contribute to the Doctoral Consortium.

Allison Elliott Tew, University of Washington Tacoma

Jonas Boustedt, University of Gävle

What is the Doctoral Consortium?

The Consortium has the following objectives:

  • Provide a supportive setting for feedback on students’ current research and guidance on future research directions
  • Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and students outside their own institution
  • Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research
  • Support a new generation of researchers with information and advice on research and academic career paths

via Doctoral Consortium | ICER Conference.

May 21, 2013 at 1:47 am 1 comment

Georgia Tech Will Offer a Master’s Degree Online –

In case anyone didn’t see the various articles, Georgia Tech’s College of Computing will be offering a Udacity-based MS degree starting.  The faculty did vote on the proposal. I argued against it (based mostly on learning and diversity arguments), but lost (which led to my long winter post).

Faculty in the College of Computing have been asked not to talk about the online MS degree (which seems weird to me — asking faculty not to talk about their own degree programs).  Please understand if I don’t answer questions in response to this announcement.

Starting in the fall, the Georgia Institute of Technology, together with AT&T and Udacity, an online education venture, will offer a master’s degree in computer science that can be earned entirely through so-called massive open online courses, or MOOCs. While the courses would be available free online to the general public, students seeking the degree would have to have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and pay tuition that is expected to be less than $7,000.

via Georgia Tech Will Offer a Master’s Degree Online –

May 21, 2013 at 1:34 am 18 comments

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