Scottish Universities were amongst the first in the world to provide Undergraduate and Postgraduate course in Computing, and today, offer world class Computing education that fully spans the discipline.
In legend, there was a Scottish engineer in the boiler room of every steam ship; in story, there was a Scottish engineer on the flight deck of every star ship; in truth, Scottish Computing graduates are found world-wide, from start-up companies to global corporations, from school classrooms to specialist research labs.
While the SICSA institutions have distinctive characteristics and provide a wide range of Computing programmes, we share a common enthusiasm for a rigorous and professional approach to education, informed by our research strengths, and facing outwards to the wider society we serve. Thus, SICSA Education is a forum for our members to articulate and realise our collective interests, and a portal for schools and colleges, industry and government to engage with us. Association for Computing Machinery
Scottish school-level education in computing is in a state of change, inspired mostly by the Curriculum for Excellence. There is much going on, and many involved parties.
The state of flux can be seen as a serious opportunity for the SICSA institutions to influence what might be taught in schools, and therefore gives an opportunity to ensure that it aligns with our aspirations for university entrance as well as the wider goals of computing education.
The purpose of this theme is to form a network of interested academics, to work towards this goal in any possible manner. Such influence can come in various areas; those we have already identified are: working towards a unified computing education policy for Scotland; helping to develop high-quality educational materials for teachers; providing CPD for teachers, and providing help to the Scottish Qualifications Authority to move towards assessment frameworks which better align with university admissions desiderata.
The theme will hold a series of workshops in 2013 and 2014 to progress discussion and identify opportunities in this domain. For more details on planned events see the SICSA Events Calendar.
The SICSA Education group will be running a number of events throughout the year. These include:
Engaging the Next Generation - An annual showcase of Scottish Computing Science Education
This industry-facing event is designed to showcase the broad spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate Computing Science courses on offer within Scotland and to provide an opportunity for firms to meet with all of the Scottish Universities under one roof.
The 2013 event took place at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh. Exhibition posters from all Scottish HE Computer Science schools are available for download here.
New Computing Lecturer Induction
This one day event took place on the January 13 2014 at the University of Dundee and was delivered by experts from SICSA departments. The event was aimed at new Computing Lecturers and gave introductions to key teaching and learning topics.