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The Computing Education Research Group of the Faculty of Information Technology is interested in contemporary educational issues in computing and seeks to provide a vision for the pedagogical future of computing. Research projects encompass a wide range of aspects of computing education.
CERG was established in Dec 1997 as a group to promote the role of teaching scholarship within the (then freshly renamed) Faculty of Information Technology by the new Dean, Prof John Rosenberg. John was always a keen advocate of the importance of teaching, and he saw this group as an avenue to build up the research profile of the many academic staff coming from a research-poor environment of the ex-cae sector within the faculty.
CERG is a sub-group within the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics (COSI). COSI contributes to the development of individuals, organisations, and society through research relating to human-centred design and deployment of information and community technologies.
CERG is a Faculty-wide group and provides a forum for the discussion of state of the art research, and the sharing of pedagogical approaches. The uses of technology in teaching and different approaches to teaching computing topics are investigated and evaluated with the aim of determining their effectiveness and efficiency in improving the processes of human learning.
CERG has as its main foci two aspects of research in computing education. These are:
Most members are from schools within the Faculty of Information Technology; however, people from other faculties and institutions are welcome to join the group.
CERG is a member of CSERGI (Computer Science Education Research Groups International).