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Taking education for granted: the role of placement in computing science

Presentation / Conference
Smith, S., Smith, C., Taylor-Smith, E., & Gemma, W. (2017, June)
Taking education for granted: the role of placement in computing science. Presented at Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland
The importance of placements and internships was highlighted in the 2016 Shadbolt Review of Computer Science Degree Accreditation and Graduate Employability – indeed the secon...

Social network analysis as a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of EC funded networks of excellence: the case of DEMO-net

Conference Proceeding
Buckner, K., & Cruickshank, P. (2008)
Social network analysis as a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of EC funded networks of excellence: the case of DEMO-net. In Proceedings of the 41st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 60. https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2008.401
The European Commission, through its framework programme aims to stimulate the development of sustained collaborative research networks across Europe. Social network analysis ...

IS Degrees: Sociotechnical or Technosocial? - A Reflective Analysis.

Conference Proceeding
Coady, J., Berg, T., & Pooley, R. (2013)
IS Degrees: Sociotechnical or Technosocial? - A Reflective Analysis. In H. Linger, J. Fisher, A. Barnden, C. Barry, M. Lang, & C. Schneider (Eds.), Building Sustainable Information Systems: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Information Systems Development, 219-231. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7540-8_17
This paper describes a reflective and empirical investigation by staff involved in delivery of the Heriot-Watt University Information Systems undergraduate degree. It looks pa...

Making assessment and feedback fun: feedback before and after assessments.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J. (2011, January)
Making assessment and feedback fun: feedback before and after assessments. Paper presented at Edinburgh Napier University Staff Conference, Edinburgh Napier University
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) are often seen as being weak in terms of their coverage, and are criticised for often only assessing knowledge and not encouraging deep learni...

Messenger in The Barn: networking in a learning environment

Journal Article
Rutter, M. (2009)
Messenger in The Barn: networking in a learning environment. ALT-J : Association for Learning Technology journal, 17, 33-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687760802649863
This case study describes the use of a synchronous communication application (MSN Messenger) in a large academic computing environment. It draws on data from interviews, quest...

Promoting passion in an innovation and enterprise culture.

Presentation / Conference
Buchanan, W. J. (2015, April)
Promoting passion in an innovation and enterprise culture. Presented at Exploring 21st Century Organisational Culture: inclusivity, agility and innovation, Edinburgh
This presentation will show how organisations can encourage a culture of innovation and enterprise, including showcasing examples of good practice and how management styles ca...

How academic IT departments manage changing IT environments

Journal Article
Buchanan, W. J. (2011)
How academic IT departments manage changing IT environments. VitAL Magazine, 5, 26-32
Matching what industry wants with what applicants want is a major problem for any IT academic department is matching what the jobs market requires to the types of courses whi...

Correlation between academic and skills-based tests in computer networks

Journal Article
Buchanan, W. (2005)
Correlation between academic and skills-based tests in computer networks. British Journal of Educational Technology, 37(1), 69-78. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00476.x
Computing-related programmes and modules have many problems, especially related to large class sizes, large-scale plagiarism, module franchising, and an increased requirement ...

The paradigmatic hearts of subjects which their "English" flows through

Journal Article
Pilcher, N., & Richards, K. (2016)
The paradigmatic hearts of subjects which their "English" flows through. Higher Education Research and Development, 35(5), 997-1010. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2016.1138455
Much research into the use of corpora and discourse to support higher education students on pre-sessional and in-sessional courses champions subject specificity. Drawing on th...

The Perceptions of Postgraduate International Students of Examinations

Journal Article
Cruickshank, P. (2016)
The Perceptions of Postgraduate International Students of Examinations. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 4(3), https://doi.org/10.14297/jpaap.v4i3.200
The increasing internationalisation of higher education means that many students in the UK are not native English speakers, possibly putting them at a disadvantage in an exami...