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Choosing, Mentoring and Assessing Team Work in Computing Education

Friday 3:20pm - 4:30pm, CITRENZ Conference (Upstairs 1 (Signal))

Information Technology industry employers consistently stress the need for graduates to have the ability to work effectively in teams.

However, most computing curricula places emphasis on a student’s own work. Graduate attributes stress the need for students to have good teamwork and communication skills.

Group work/teamwork is one way that academic programmes aim to develop these capabilities. However choosing, mentoring and assessing groups poses challenges in an often artificial academic setting.

This panel presents options and strategies for choosing groups, monitoring their progress to achieve successful outcomes and the complex issue of assessment of not only the group process and outcomes but also the individual student performance.

In industry IT professionals don’t always get the opportunity to choose who is in their team for any given project, the panel will present different options for choosing student teams to achieve the desired results. It is important to keep the groups focussed and cohesive in working towards their outcomes, approaches to conducting mid-project process reviews.

Individual and group assessment will be identified to ensure groups are assessed fairly while also recognising individual achievement.


Samuel Ekundayo

Lecturer, School of Computing, Eastern Institute of Technology

Samuel Ekundayo is a lecturer at the School of Computing, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), New Zealand. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Information Systems from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand; a Master of Science in Knowledge Management from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and a Bachelors degree from Coventry University (CU), the United Kingdom in Engineering Business Management.

His research interests include Educational Technology, Activity theory, Human Computer Interaction, Educational Development, Mobile Learning, and Agile Development.

Tony Clear

Associate Professor, Auckland University of Technology

Tony Clear is an Associate Professor at Auckland University of Technology. His research interests are in Global Software Engineering, Collaborative Computing, Global Virtual Teams, and Computer Science Education Research.

He holds positions as an Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Computing Education (TOCE), Computer Science Education and ACM Inroads for which he is also a regular columnist.

Alison Clear

Associate Professor, EIT

Alison is an Associate Professor at the Auckland campus of EIT. She is a Fellow of ITPNZ and a Fellow of CITRENZ.

She has previously been a Chair of CITRENZ and was a founding member of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications.

Her research interests include Women in Computing, Computing Education Research, ICT4D and Computing Curriculum Development. She is currently the Co-chair of the ACM and IEEE-CS Computing Curriculum project which involves 36 people from 20 countries to develop a global framework for computing curriculum from 2020.

Sam Mann

Professor of Information Technology, Otago Polytechnic

Samuel Mann is Professor of Information Technology at Otago Polytechnic where he has worked since 1997, including five years as Head of Department.

Sam has published over 150 conference and journal papers in the fields of augmented experiences; sustainability; and computer education.

Sam co-hosts Sustainable Lens: Resilence on Radio, a radio weekly show on sustainability topics (