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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.

Choosing, Mentoring and Assessing Team Work in Computing Education

Friday 3:20pm - 4:30pm, CITRENZ (CITRENZ 1 Room)

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.