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MOBs at womENcourage 2015

ACM womENcourage is a scientific event which provides opportunites for networking with women in computer science and related disciplines.

Our 2 PhD students from MOBs and 2 undergraduates are going to join and present their posters at the event. All students have been awarded ACM-W scholarship and the University of Southampton ECS Athena Swan also supports us covering transportation and accommodation expenses.


Our participation in womENcourage 15 appeared in ECS’s website. Here is the link to the news:


Publishable places: conferences

Below is a list of some of the more prestigious conferences at which our research may be published.

The list was derived from and Australian collection entitled computing research and education

accordingly many of the conferences have a specific focus on computer science education or cognate academic areas, however some of them are more general  They are ranked in order  of category (A to C) and alphabetic within each category as shown below.

these are well established conferences predominantly under the ACM or IEEE banner. Because MOOCs are a relatively new phenomena,  specialist conferences in this area do not have a track record and do not appear in this rating.

Conferences such as EC Tel and the e-groups conference have established themselves as being important.

In addition there are various conferences related to the study of higher education in particular the annual SHRE conference which are of value.

Category A

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Conference
Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education
International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education

Category B

Educational Data Mining
Information Systems Education Conference
International Computing Education Research Workshop
International Conference on Computers in Education
International Conference on Informatics Education and Research
World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications
Frontiers in Education
International Conference on Software Engineering: Education and Practice

Category C

ACM Information Technology Education
Asia-Pacific Forum on Engineering and Technology Education
Computing in Education Group of Victoria Conference
Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training
Functional and Declarative Programming in Education
Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education
Informatics Education Europe
Informing Science and Information Technology Education
International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for Electronic Business, Science, and Education on the Internet
International Conference on Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training
International Conference on Engineering Education
Software Education Conference
Software Engineering Education and Training Conference
Visualization In Science and Education
Workshop on Computer Architecture Education
International Academy for Information Management) International Conference on Informatics Education & Research
IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education
Conference on Software Engineering Education
International Conference on IT Based Higher Education and Training
IEEE International Conference on Multimedia in Education
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference
International Conference on Technology Education
World Conference on Computers in Education
Informatics in Education


Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Australasian Computers in Education Conference
Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE)

MOBs at CSEDU 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Following on from the popular MOOC related keynote given by Hugh Davis at CSEDU 2014 in Barcelona, two papers from the group were presented at CSEDU 2015 in Lisbon.

Ayse Saliha Sunar was nominated for Best Student paper for her work entitled “Personalisation of MOOCs – The State of the Art“.

Manuel Leon Urrutia presented a paper analysing stakeholder perspectives in “MOOCs inside Universities – An Analysis of MOOC Discourse as Represented in HE Magazines”.

Ayse: Slides on slideshare

Manuel: Slides in slideshare

MOOC Observatory – Observing our MOOCs

It’s not just our current PhD students who are contributing to the work of the MOOC Observatory.

Our broader research group (WAIS) also turns its attentions and tools to this endeavour  🙂

Chris Phithean aka @cpheth

Analysing the Twitter Network of Users Tweeting #FLwebsci

Analysing the Twitter Network of Users Tweeting #FLwebsci

Twitter Users Tweeting about #FLwebsci

Twitter Users Tweeting about #FLwebsci

EDIT: For a larger version of this image, please see


Hackathon – visualising our MOOCs

In conjunction with SOCIAM we are hosting a local hackathon on Wednesday 27th May in Southampton. The meeting will take place from 12.00 in the WAIS building 32 Coffee Room.

The Hackathon is being co-ordinated by Tim O’Riordan.

Objectives include:

  • exploring the future learn datasets
  • visualisation sandpit
  • show and tell
  • skills exchange
  • makers meet researchers

WS Education 2015

Call for papers Web Science Education Workshop 2015
‘Web Science Education: Sharing experiences and developing community’

Workshop Date: Monday July 29
Hosting venue: ACM Web Science Conference 2015
Host venue website:
Venue location: Oxford University, Oxford, UK June 30 – July 3 2015.

Present experiences, build theory, share good practice and ideas
We are accepting position papers and poster abstracts up to two pages via EasyChair

Important dates:
Submission deadline: May 1st, 2015
Notification of acceptance: May 11th, 2015