Judy Sheard, Simon

ITiCSE, Australia, and New Zealand: what’s the story?

Abstract: Since 1996 the ITiCSE conference has provided a forum for academics with an interest in computing education scholarship and research. ITiCSE is often thought of as the European counterpart to northern America’s SIGCSE Technical Symposium; yet from its very beginning, ITiCSE has differed substantially from the symposium. In addition to the many participants from Europe and North America, ITiCSE has also always hosted many participants from Australia and New Zealand, expanding its international perspective. Why is this? What is the appeal of ITiCSE to its participants, and what do its participants bring to ITiCSE? More specifically, what do Australians and New Zealanders bring to and take from the conference? Are there opportunities to involve computing educators from other regions? Judy Sheard and Simon will explore these questions and provide their perspectives on them. In this 25th year of ITiCSE, they will also speculate about the future of the conference and the future role of Australia and New Zealand.


Judy Sheard has over 30 years of experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and curriculum development in the field of computing. Judy’s area of research is computing education; particularly the areas of educational technology, student learning behaviour, and the teaching and assessment of programming. She has published more than 170 peer-reviewed research papers, including 22 standard ITiCSE papers and nine working group reports. An active member of the international computing education research community, Judy has chaired a number of computing education conferences and doctoral consortiums and is immediate past Vice Chair of SIGCSE. Judy established and is director of the Monash Museum of Computing History, an educational resource displaying the evolution of computing.

Simon has been teaching various aspects of computing for more than four decades, to student groups in computer science, information systems, information technology, informatics, science, engineering, business, and fine art. He is currently teaching at the University of Newcastle in Australia. One of Simon’s research interests is the development of computing education as a research discipline, and he has (co-)authored more than 100 papers in computing education, including eight standard ITiCSE papers and seven working group reports. He has contributed to the ITiCSE program committee on a number of occasions, and for the past few years he has managed or co-managed ITiCSE’s submissions and reviews.

Matti Tedre

From a black art to a school subject: Computing education’s search for status

Abstract: Soon after the birth of modern computing and the formation of computing as a discipline, computing education became a rallying point for the young and fragmented field, a theater of disciplinary disputes, and a beacon for the discipline’s development and transfer of knowledge. This talk describes the coevolution of computing education and computing as a discipline: how did they emerge, what drove their development, and how have their concerns changed over the years.  The talk discusses sticking points, milestones, and ideological disagreements in the development of computing education from the 1950s’ “black art led by a priesthood of programmers” into the research-driven endeavor of the 2000s and beyond.

Bio: Matti Tedre is a Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Eastern Finland, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer and Systems Science at Stockholm University, and the author of The Science of Computing: Shaping a Discipline.