Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Redefining Women in IT - Special Commendation

A poster has presented at the ‘Gender and Interdisciplinary Education for Engineers -  GIEE 2011’ UPMC - Campus des Cordeliers, Paris, France., By Rashmi Dravid (School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton) and Catherine Klimes (Head of Careers and Employability, University of Northampton). The poster focused on their work on encouraging and developing women in technological subjects. 

Their poster received special commendation at the Conference.


Thursday, 16 June 2011

Is it Visual?

A recent poster presented at the Learning Global Conference, University of Northampton.  The poster was produced by a student working on an Urb@n project funded from DeltaE.

Monday, 13 June 2011

STRiPE grows

Further members of STRiPE


Professor Kamal Bechkoum
Selected related publications:

  • Bechkoum K, Staughhan K, Scobell K(2011) "Towards a Sustainable Computing Education " The 7th China - Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education (CEISIE 2011), University of Northampton 23-24th May 2011
  • K. Bechkoum (2009). "On Intelligent Arabic Learning Environments", Key Note at the International Arab Conference on Information Technology (ACIT09), Sana'a, 15-17 December, 2009.
  • Bechkoum, K. (2008). “Challenges Facing Higher Education Computing and IT Departments””. Proceedings of the 4th China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry-Oriented Education, Guangzhou, China, January 2008, pp 137-141, ISSN 0529-6579.
  • Gutowska, A. and Bechkoum, K. (2007). “The Issue of Online Trust and its Impact on International Curriculum Design””. Proceedings of the 3rd China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry-Oriented Education, Dublin, 6-7 February 2007, pp 134-140, ISBN 978-1-84218-122-5.
  • Bechkoum, K. (2006). “Towards an Efficacious Global Computing Curriculum: Challenges, Opportunities & Risks”. Keynote Lecture, 2nd China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry-Oriented Education, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, January 2006.
  • O’Leary, C., Lawless D., Gordon D., Haifeng, L., and Bechkoum, K (2006). “Developing a Software Engineering Curriculum for the Emerging Software Industry in China”. 19th International Conference on Software Engineering for Training and Education, Hawaii, April 19-21, 2006, pp 115-122, ISBN 0-7695-255.
  • Bechkoum, K. (2005). “Using a VLE in an e-Learning Approach to Software Education”. Keynote Lecture, 1st China-Europe International Symposium on Software Industry-Oriented Education, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, January 2005.
  • Lawless, D. Wu, B. Xu, X. Yuan C and Bechkoum K. (2004),"Requirements For An Industry-Oriented IT Education Model To Support The Emerging Knowledge Economy in China", Second International Conference on Knowledge Economy and Development of Science and Technology, Tsinghua University Press, Chin September 2004, pp.403 – 409



Paul Cox
Selected related publications:

  • Copeland-Phillips R, Cox P & Maxwell L (2011) "Technology Enhanced Transition Programme for Distance LearnersLearning Global,University of Northampton  11th May 2011



Louise Maxwell
Selected related publications:

  • Copeland-Phillips R, Cox P & Maxwell L (2011) "Technology Enhanced Transition Programme for Distance LearnersLearning Global,University of Northampton  11th May 2011

Inclusive Learning

On the 7th June 2011 the School of Science and Technology ran a staff development activity looking at Inclusive learning and assessment.


'Question Time'
A 60 minute panel session, panel members
Chair: Janet Jackson - the school's Disability Co-ordinator;
Jayne Hey - Access Ability Team Leader;
Jill Pickard -  Head of Framework & Student Regulations;
John Butcher - Senior Academic Development Advisor, DELTAE;
Paul Crofts - Equality & Diversity Officer (Students), DELTAE.




Questions included

  • ·         What does inclusive learning mean to you?  
  • ·         Who stands to benefit from inclusive learning and how? 
  • ·         Where does the University stand legally in terms of its responsibilities in this area?  
  • ·         Will inclusive assessment mean all my students pass?  
  • ·         Are innovative assessment and inclusive assessment mutually exclusive? 
  • ·         Where can staff go for help in designing inclusive assessment?    




This session was followed by a subject-based groups 'breaking away' to discuss the five questions around this area and then to feed back to other  colleagues.


One of the outcomes from this has been departments within the school being asked to prove examples of good practice in this area for wider dissemination.

Friday, 3 June 2011

May was a good month.

May 2011 has been a good month for the school in terms of publishing in Learning and Teaching. Nine papers involving 12 members of the school (including one student) have been presented this month, and include seven people outside of the school as co-authors.
  • Hill, G, Svennevik E, Turner S (2011) "Green Computer Science Courses. No more labs full of computers, we’re going mobile!" The 7th China - Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education (CEISIE 2011), University of Northampton 23-24th May 2011
  • Bechkoum K, Staughhan K, Scobell K(2011) "Towards a Sustainable Computing Education " The 7th China - Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education (CEISIE 2011), University of Northampton 23-24th May 2011
  • Bates M, Holley K, Osibanjo O(2011) "A Participatory Approach to Improve the Management of E-waste in Nigeria" The 7th China - Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education (CEISIE 2011), University of Northampton 23-24th May 2011
  • Turner S (2011) "Junkbots" The 7th China - Europe International Symposium on Software Industry Oriented Education (CEISIE 2011), University of Northampton 23-24th May 2011
  • McGovern K, Mothersole P, Turner S (2011) "Influencing students’ construction of personalised concept maps through the use of query expansion (QE) searching of the World Wide Web" Learning Global, University of Northampton 11th May 2011
  • Kariyawasam K and Turner (2011) "Is it Visual? problem solving evaluation" Learning Global,University of Northampton  11th May 2011
  • Goodchild T, Dravid R, Turner S (2011) "Mind the Gender Gap – Reflections on addressing gender diversity in Computing and Engineering" Learning Global,University of Northampton  11th May 2011
  • Dravid R and Klimes C (2011) "CyberSpace - the New Women Frontier for Mobile Communications"  Learning Global,University of Northampton  11th May 2011
  • Copeland-Phillips R, Cox P & Maxwell L (2011) "Technology Enhanced Transition Programme for Distance LearnersLearning Global,University of Northampton  11th May 2011