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Computing education research seminars at Vi3

The Vi3 computing education research seminar series is hosted by UpCERG, Uppsala Computing Education Research Group and mostly open to everybody interested. Join us online at or IRL (room 104170).

Each Thursday at 13:15-14:45, seminars on computing education research related topics are given by internal and external speakers or open discussions among those attending. See schedule below.

The seminars are announced at the weekly internal Vi3 information meeting, and also on the Dept. of IT's newsletter läsit

Note that extra seminars may occasionally be held at other times than mentioned above.

Past seminars can be found here


Next Seminar

Date Time Title Speaker
2023-06-01 13:15-14:45 Discuss potential TUFF applications to write Mats Daniels

Upcoming seminars in the spring 2023

Date Time Title Speaker
2023-06-08 09:00-17:00 Humanization of Computing and Engineering Education Symposium
Abstract: To Be Decided
Virginia Grande
2023-06-13 15:15-17:00 TBD
Abstract: To Be Decided
Tony Clear
2023-06-15 13:15-14:45 ??last before the summer break??
Abstract: To Be Decided
2023-06-22 13:15-14:45 ??last before the summer break??
Abstract: To Be Decided

Past seminars in the spring 2023

Date Time Title Speaker
2023-01-11 13:15-14:45 Presentations from students in the Computing Education Research course Anna Eckerdal and Mats Daniels, students
2023-01-19 13:15-14:45 Assessing Computational Thinking – Norwegian and Finnish teachers’ perspectives
Abstract: How do teachers assess Computational Thinking (CT) in Norway and Finland? In contrast to the US, where they have a CS subject, CT is in several Nordic and European countries integrated into existing subjects, such as mathematics and science. The introduction of CT into compulsory education in Norway and Finland requires that teachers adopt new ways of working with the subject they are teaching, and there are no detailed standards of how to assess CT in the two countries. In my research about teachers and CT assessment, I explore what understandings teachers have about CT and the assessment of it. When CT is introduced as a topic in subjects, such as mathematics and science, how does it align with the general aims of the subject teaching and assessment? What does it mean to assess CT in the context of a subject, such as mathematics? In my talk I will address these topics and present some findings from interviews with Norwegian and Finnish teachers.
Aino Ukkonen, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway
2023-01-26 13:00-15:00 Hands-on WS on Biomimicry
Abstract: The objective of this workshop is to explore the method and process of biomimicry for human interaction design. First, we will create and discuss alternative possibilities for existing screen interactions (e.g., clicking, reading, selection, swiping) towards new ways of interaction in public space by translation of systems found in nature. Second, we will brainstorm and discuss what components of HCI could benefit from the method and process of biomimicry. The workshop will be of interest to participants who work, or plan to work with systems found in nature for interaction design or are curious about new methodologies for HCI in general. The specific outcome of the workshop includes a short paper or essay summarizing the outcomes of the activities and discussions. The workshop also foresees the establishment of a reading or working group that will continue collaboration on the theme of Biomimicry for HCI.
Karin van der Driesche In 104150
2023-02-02 13:15-14:45 Internal
Abstract: plans, like grant applications, papers, events, etc
Mats Daniels
2023-02-09 13:15-14:45 Discuss grant application: Societal consequences of digitalisation
Mats Daniels
2023-02-16 13:15-14:45 Meet the new FUAP Åsa Cajander
2023-02-17 13:15-15:00 Understanding university students’ reasoning and problem-solving at the interface of chemistry and mathematics
Abstract: Solving problems in chemical kinetics is known to pose substantial challenges for university students. The process often involves significant use of mathematics as a tool and language, with challenging translations and transitions between chemical phenomena and mathematical representations. Despite the lament of teachers that students “just can’t do maths”, the picture is rather more complex and research has shown that there are steps, other than technical mathematical manipulations, that serve as hurdles along the way. But what are these steps? What are their characteristics? And how do students overcome roadblocks that they encounter?
In a first study, we collected video data from think-aloud sessions where second-year chemistry and chemical engineering majors worked with a set of tasks in chemical kinetics designed to require varying degrees of integration of knowledge in chemistry and mathematics. The transcripts were deductively analysed using the structure and processes of the mathematical modelling cycle (MMC) as starting points for a theoretical framework. Inductive analysis, to capture additional themes and insights emerging from the data, led to further refinement and extension of the theoretical framework, yielding the extended MMC. Our extended framework provides a more detailed picture of the interaction between the chemistry and mathematics knowledge used by students during problem-solving, and in particular highlights: the role of interpretation and validation throughout the whole modelling procedure; as well as non-chemical and/or non-mathematical factors influencing students’ decision-making during problem-solving.
At this MINT seminar, I will discuss what is meant by “doing maths” in the context of chemical kinetics and present the data-driven process for the development of the extended MMC.
Bio: Sofie Ye, Department of Chemistry – Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University
Sofie is a PhD student in Chemistry Education Research working with her team of supervisors – Felix Ho, Maja Elmgren and Magnus Jacobsson – on how university students reason and solve problems in topics at the interface of chemistry and mathematics, such as chemical kinetics and thermodynamics.
Sofie Ye, Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University
2023-02-23 13:15-14:45 Cancelled
2023-03-02 13:15-14:45 The seminar series and upcoming grant applications Mats Daniels
2023-03-09 13:15-14:45 Interdisciplinary research: how methods from other disciplines can enhance Software Engineering research
Abstract: I have undertaken research on my own and with different groups of people, starting out with knowledge of research methods used by software engineers. But, my research was greatly enhanced when I learned about research methods used by other disciplines. During my PhD research, I learned about Action research, which has been a most useful research method during my career. I remember being at Barbara Kitchenham’s keynote at ICSE 2004, when she spoke about Systematic Literature reviews which are widely used in medicine. More recently, I have been really interested to hear about Photovoice, a method used in the social sciences. Expanding my knowledge about research methods, through increasingly working with disciplines outside software engineering, has brought a richness to my research, which, I believe, could not have been the case if I had continued to focus on a single discipline.
I will present examples of research from the interdisciplinary environment which have been enhanced by using a variety of research methods. Apart from broadening my knowledge of research methods, there is other value achieved from interdisciplinary research - such as working with researchers outside our immediate field and publishing in interdisciplinary venues.
I do recognise that it is not all plain sailing – there are difficulties to be faced. However, my view is that the value outweighs these difficulties. Using successful research stories from recent Lero projects, my argument is that there is value in interdisciplinary research.
Ita Richardson, University of Limerick
2023-03-16 13:15-15:00 Analysis of the students' view on their part in collaborations and preparations for laboratory work in + Learning complex biological concepts in field education engineering
Abstract: To Be Decided
Jennifer Leijon and Johan Forslund, Department of Electrical Engineering, + Margareta Krabbe, Biology Education Centre, Uppsala University
2023-03-23 13:15-14:45 Strategies to integrate at Vi3 and the department and upcoming grant applications
Abstract: Maybe a version of the ULF-model could be useful. UVK has opened for grant applications
Mats Daniels
2023-03-30 13:15-14:45 To Be Decided
Abstract: To Be Decided
2023-04-06 13:15-14:45 Easter break cancelled
2023-04-13 13:15-14:45 Report from SIGCSE in Toronto, with MINT
Abstract: To Be Decided
Bedour Alshaigy
2023-04-20 13:15-14:45 Conferences, applications and the Bebras project Mats Daniels
2023-04-27 13:15-14:45 Discuss our associate professor applicants Mats Daniels
2023-05-04 13:15-14:45 Discussions on ChatGPT, future appointments ???
2023-05-11 13:15-14:45 Presentations from a Learning Theory course
Abstract: To Be Decided
Aletta Nylén
2023-05-17 10:15-12.00 What do students learn about stratigraphy through fieldwork?
Abstract: Stratigraphy is a key concept within geology education and we set out to investigate what students understand about stratigraphy from studying the topic during fieldwork in an introductory course on Earth Science at Uppsala University. We surveyed the students before and after being in the field. The students show a wide range of conceptual understanding of stratigraphy associated ten themes. The basic understanding features rock types, fossils and layering. More nuanced understanding shows interconnection of ideas associated with depositional environments, time and climate.
Abigail Barker, Sebastian Willman
2023-05-18 13:15-14:45 Ascension day
Abstract: To Be Decided
2023-05-25 13:15-14:45 Report från konferensen "Forskning om högre utbildning", Stockholm, 11-12 maj
Abstract: To Be Decided
Tina Vrieler
Updated  2023-05-29 20:01:57 by Mats Daniels.